Mieko Miazaki

Mieko Miazaki

Mieko Miazaki

Origin : Japan

Between, delicacy and vitality, thoughtful emotion and artful dynamism, kotoist Mieko Miyazaki create an impressionistic and lyrical space which sheds new light on the links between the Japanese and western musical worlds.

She plays with her trio (Bruno Maurice / accordéon, Manuel Solans / violon), in duo with chinese musician Guo Gan playing erhu (album "Nen Nen Sui Sui"), in duo with Suizan Lagrost playing Shakuhachi (album Kyoku) and in duo with french jazz saxophone player Franck Wolf (album Dankin).


Born in Tokyo, Mieko Miyazaki started studying the Japanese Koto with Tomizo Huruya and Sachiko Tamura. After being accepted to the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, her training finished with an invitation to perform as a soloist in the presence of the imperial couple in Japan. She graduated in 1992, and the following year she was awarded the highest distinctions by the national radio NHK-FM. Chosen by the Japan Foundation to represent Japan during international cultural events, she performed various concerts in Asia, Europe and throughout the United States. In 2003, her work "The Current," (CD Columbia Records-Japan) for Koto and Shakuhachi Flute of Dozan FUJIWARA is considered one of the thirty most beautiful koto compositions of all time by the Hogaku Journal specialists, the Kotoby. This recording brings her total to nine albums currently distributed in Japan and, for some, in the United States.
Upon moving to France in 2005 as an anonymous musician with an instrument relatively unknown to the European market, Mieko Miyazaki became immediately recognized and soon established herself worldwide as one of the leading figures in Japanese Koto, pushing the limits and capacities of her music and instrument in many different music genres.Besides her solo projects, she collaborates with numerous artists, including jazz guitarist Nguyên Lê, which led to the creation of the "Sayuki" trio with renowned tabla player Prabhu Edouard (CD "Sayuki" ACT), and also the "Miyazaki Trio" with Bruno Maurice (accordion) and Manuel Solans (Violin) (CD "Saiko" daqui/Harmonia Mundi), which was honored by the magazine Trad. She also recorded a magical collaboration with the Corsican voices "Voce Ventu" (CD "Tessi Tessi" daqui/Harmonia Mundi) with a TV documentary "When Islands Meet".
In 2014 she was invited to the Violin on the Sand festival where she played her composition "Hachigatsu" with his orchestra.
In 2015, seeking exposure for the koto and Japanese music in general, she appeared on The Voice on French TV network TF1 and La boite a Musique show with Jean-François Zygel on France 2. The same year she also created the duo "Dankin" with jazz saxophonist Franck Wolf, recording on the label WM Music and performing at the 2015 Paris Jazz Festival.
She participated as well on jazz double bass player Michel Benita's "River Silver" project, produced by Manfred Eicher and released in January 2016 on the ECM label.



duo avec Franck Wolf

duo avec Guo Gan

duo avec Suizan Lagrost

trio Miyazaki


duo Mieko Miyazaki - Franck Wolf - all the year
Mieko Miyazaki / koto, Franck Wolf / saxophone

duo Mieko Miyaeaki - Guo Gan - all the year
Mieko Miyazaki / koto, Guo Gan / violon erhu

duo Mieko Miyazaki - Suizan Lagrost - all the year
Mieko Miyazaki / koto, shamisen - Suizan Lagrost / Shakuhachi

trio Miyazaki - all the year
Mieko Miyazaki / koto, Bruno Maurice / accordéon, Manuel Solans / violon


trio Miyazaki
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