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Kenji Sakai
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Biography
Sakai Kenji was born in Osaka (Japan) in 1977. After studying piano and composition in Japan, with Kubo Yoko and Kondo Kei, and also with Maeda Syuichi and Matsumoto Hinoharu at the Kyoto City University of Arts, he moved to Paris in 2002. In Paris he studied composition, electronics, and analysis with Frédéric Durieux, Allain Gaussin, Marco Stroppa, Luis Naon, Claude Ledoux, and Michaël Levinas at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse; he later studied further with Michael Jarrell at the Haute École de Musique in Geneva. From 2007 to 2009 he studied at the IRCAM.
His works have been premiered by the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, and the Contrechamps, Itinéraire, and Sillages ensembles, as well as by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Sinfonietta, and the Izumi Sinfonietta. They have been performed at a number of festivals, including the Agora Festival (Paris),
the Musica Festival (Strasbourg), the Biennale Musiques en Scène (Lyons), the Archipel Festival (Geneva), and the Suntory Summer Festival (Tokyo), and in prestigious venues such as the Centre Pompidou, the IRCAM, and the Cité de la musique in Paris, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and Tokyo Opera City. In May 2011, Nebulous Nix for symphony orchestra was premiered by the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jonathan Nott, at the KKL Luzern Konzertsaal.
Starting in 2003, he has been awarded numerous grants and prizes, awarded by the Japanese Ministry of Culture, the Rohm Music Foundation, and the Nomura Foundation. He has also won the grand prix at the George Enescu International Competition (2007) and first prize at the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award (2009) and the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne Award (2010). Helmut Lachenmann, chairman of the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award jury, recognised in this young composer a perfect mastery of composition and a great virtuosity in handling sound and time. His music, marked by clarity and luminosity, develops in a highly personal manner that achieves, unabashedly, a certain form of lightness.
Activities
ActivityFunction
COMPOSITION 2011First prize - Queen Elisabeth International Grand Prize
Videos
Final 2012: Josef Spacek
Monday 21 May 2012 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Sergey Prokofiev : Violin sonata n. 1 in F minor op. 80 (Sonatas for violin and piano) Andante | Allegro brusco | Andante | Allegrissimo Sakai Kenji : Concerto pour violon et orchestre Jean Sibelius : Concerto in D minor op. 47 Allegro moderato | Adagio di molto | Finale Soloist : Josef Spacek Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Gilbert Varga
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Final 2012: Ermir Abeshi
Monday 21 May 2012 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Sergey Prokofiev : Violin sonata n. 2 in D major op. 94bis (Sonatas for violin and piano) Scherzo: Presto | Moderato | Andante | Allegro con brio Sakai Kenji : Concerto pour violon et orchestre Pyotr Tchaikovsky : Concerto in D major op. 35 Allegro moderato | Canzonetta | Allegro vivacissimo Soloist : Ermir Abeshi Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Gilbert Varga
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Final 2012: Hyun Su Shin
Tuesday 22 May 2012 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Johannes Brahms : Sonata n. 3 in D minor op. 108 (Sonatas for violin and piano) Allegro alla breve | Adagio | Un poco presto e con sentimento | Presto agitato Sakai Kenji : Concerto pour violon et orchestre Jean Sibelius : Concerto in D minor op. 47 Allegro moderato | Adagio di molto | Finale Soloist : Hyun Su Shin Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Gilbert Varga
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Final 2012: Tatsuki Narita
Tuesday 22 May 2012 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Johannes Brahms : Sonata n. 3 in D minor op. 108 (Sonatas for violin and piano) Allegro alla breve | Adagio | Un poco presto e con sentimento | Presto agitato Sakai Kenji : Concerto pour violon et orchestre Nicolò Paganini : Concerto n. 1 in D major op. 6 Allegro maestoso | Adagio espressivo | Rondo, allegro spirituoso Soloist : Tatsuki Narita Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Gilbert Varga
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Final 2012: Marc Bouchkov
Wednesday 23 May 2012 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Ludwig van Beethoven : Sonata n. 7 in C minor op. 30/2 (Sonatas for violin and piano) Allegro con brio | Adagio cantabile | Scherzo: Allegro | Allegro Sakai Kenji : Concerto pour violon et orchestre Jean Sibelius : Concerto in D minor op. 47 Allegro moderato | Adagio di molto | Finale Soloist : Marc Bouchkov Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Gilbert Varga
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Final 2012: Nikki Chooi
Wednesday 23 May 2012 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Maurice Ravel : Sonata in G major Allegretto | Blues | Perpetuum mobile Sakai Kenji : Concerto pour violon et orchestre Pyotr Tchaikovsky : Concerto in D major op. 35 Allegro moderato | Canzonetta | Allegro vivacissimo Soloist : Nikki Chooi Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Gilbert Varga
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Final 2012: Andrey Baranov
Thursday 24 May 2012 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Sergey Prokofiev : Violin sonata n. 2 in D major op. 94bis (Sonatas for violin and piano) Scherzo: Presto | Moderato | Andante | Allegro con brio Sakai Kenji : Concerto pour violon et orchestre Dmitry Shostakovich : Concerto n. 1 in A minor op. 77 Nocturne | Scherzo | Passacaille | Burlesque Soloist : Andrey Baranov Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Gilbert Varga
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Final 2012: Dami Kim
Thursday 24 May 2012 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Béla Bartók : Sonata n. 2 Sz. 76 (Violin sonatas) Molto moderato | Allegretto Sakai Kenji : Concerto pour violon et orchestre Nicolò Paganini : Concerto n. 1 in D major op. 6 Allegro maestoso | Adagio espressivo | Rondo, allegro spirituoso Soloist : Dami Kim Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Gilbert Varga
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Final 2012: Artiom Shishkov
Friday 25 May 2012 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Johannes Brahms : Sonata n. 3 in D minor op. 108 (Sonatas for violin and piano) Allegro alla breve | Adagio | Un poco presto e con sentimento | Presto agitato Sakai Kenji : Concerto pour violon et orchestre Pyotr Tchaikovsky : Concerto in D major op. 35 Allegro moderato | Canzonetta | Allegro vivacissimo Soloist : Artiom Shishkov Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Gilbert Varga
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Final 2012: Nancy Zhou
Friday 25 May 2012 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Sergey Prokofiev : Violin sonata n. 1 in F minor op. 80 (Sonatas for violin and piano) Andante | Allegro brusco | Andante | Allegrissimo Sakai Kenji : Concerto pour violon et orchestre Jean Sibelius : Concerto in D minor op. 47 Allegro moderato | Adagio di molto | Finale Soloist : Nancy Zhou Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Gilbert Varga
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Final 2012: Esther Yoo
Saturday 26 May 2012 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Felix Mendelssohn : Sonata in F major Allegro vivace | Adagio | Assai vivace Sakai Kenji : Concerto pour violon et orchestre Ludwig van Beethoven : Concerto in D major op. 61 Allegro ma non troppo | Larghetto | Rondo: allegro Soloist : Esther Yoo Conductor : Gilbert Varga Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium
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Final 2012: Tseng Yu-Chien
Saturday 26 May 2012 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Maurice Ravel : Sonata in G major Allegretto | Blues | Perpetuum mobile Sakai Kenji : Concerto pour violon et orchestre Johannes Brahms : Concerto in D major op. 77 Allegro non troppo | Adagio | Allegro giocoso, non troppo vivace Soloist : Yu-Chien Tseng Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Gilbert Varga
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Audio
Final 2012: Ermir Abeshi
Final 2012: Hyun Su Shin
Final 2012: Josef Spacek
Final 2012: Tatsuki Narita
Final 2012: Marc Bouchkov
Final 2012: Nikki Chooi
Final 2012: Andrey Baranov
Final 2012: Kim Dami
Final 2012: Artiom Shishkov
Final 2012: Nancy Zhou
Final 2012: Esther Yoo
Final 2012: Tseng Yu-Chien
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Sakai KenjiConcerto pour violon et orchestre
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