Tomoko Mukaiyama

The New York Philharmonic

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Tomoko Mukaiyama is a Dutch-Japanese pianist, performer, and visual artist based in Amsterdam. She has been engaged by prestigious orchestras and ensembles throughout the world, including the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, the London Sinfonietta, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Ms. Mukaiyama pushes the boundaries of the classical music world, with a fascination for off-beat contemporary art projects and playing with the conventions associated with her instrument, her profession, and its performance. She uses her experience as a concert pianist to give a new dimension to the concert space. As a multimodal artist she develops performing-arts projects and art installations that combine music with modern dance, fashion, and visual art. She has collaborated with film directors, designers, architects, dancers, and photographers such as Marina Abramović, Merzbow, Jiří Kylián, and Michael Gordon. Ms. Mukaiyama often uses autobiographical elements in her work, and through several media she converts and sublimates into universal themes, communicating with her audience on an intimate level. She moves between performing in prestigious venues for large audiences and creating intimate musical experiences for just one visitor. In 2016 she created her largest multidisciplinary performance to date — La Mode, a critical exploration of the sociology, history, and rituals of the contemporary world of fashion through music, dance, body, space, and garment. La Mode opened Taiwan’s National Taichung Theater, the new opera house designed by Toyo Ito. Ms. Mukaiyama’s GAKA, a new theater work with Un Yamada, was premiered in spring 2018, and she is currently preparing NohNohNoh with Club Guy & Roni, to be presented in 2019. Tomoko Mukaiyama received the VSCD Dance Prize, in 2014, and the Japanese Dance Forum Prize, in 2017.

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