Masahiro Miwa was born in Tokyo in 1958. He first ventured into the musical world when he formed a rock band with his friends at Tokyo Metropolitan Kunitachi Senior High School in 1974. In 1978 he moved to Germany to attend the National Academy of Art in Berlin, where he studied composition under Isang Yun. From 1985 he studied under Günther Becker at the Robert Schumann National Academy in Dusseldorf. He taught computer- and electronic music at the Academy from 1986 and at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne from 1995.
Miwa has been the recipient of many awards for his work, including; the Hambacher Prize (Honorary Mention) in 1985; the 10th Irino Prize (1st prize) in 1989; the Music Today Composition Contest (2nd prize) in 1991; the 14th Concorso Internationale Luigi Russoro (1st prize) in 1992; the Muramatsu Award (New Face Award) in 1995; the Akutagawa Award for Music Composition in 2004 (for "Bolero by Muramatsu Gear Engine for Orchestra"); Prix Ars Electronica (Golden Nica) in Digital Musics & Sound Arts in 2007 (for his original musical methodology "Reverse-Simulation Music"); Prix Ars Electronica (Honorary Mention) in Hybrid Art in 2008 (for his collaboration work with artist Martin Riches “Thinking Machine”); and Prix Ars Electronica (Honorary Mention) in Digital Musics & Sound Arts in 2009 (for his work as Formant Brothers, a composition cooperative with Nobuyasu Sakonda, "Le Tombeau de Freddie/L' Internationale").
He has been involved in various projects, including collaborations (e.g. a monologue opera "The New Era" in 2000 and an installation work "Matarisama Dolls" in 2003), creative/intellectual/lecture activities as Formant Brothers, and recordings (e.g. a CD album "Muramatsu Gear (Le Sacre du Printemps)" in 2012). He is also the author of "Computer Age no Ongaku Riron (Music Theory in the Computer Age)" in 1995, and "Miwa Masahiro Ongaku Geijutsu Zenshiko 1998-2010 (The Music-Art and Thoughts of Masahiro Miwa: 1998-2010)" which received the 61st Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Artistic Commendation Award for Fine Arts for the Fiscal Year 2010. He is currently professor at the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS), Japan. He is a former member of the Methodicism coterie.
Born in Osaka in 1982, Yamane describes her approach to musical composition as follows:
"[I try] to create music using the concept of 'visible sound' as a figurative art. The phenomenon of sound is in fact invisible, but as it is experienced as installation art, I strive to enable the listener to trace the outlines of sound movement and feel shapes, colors, textures and the space beside them in their own inner perception."
Yamane studied composition under Hinoharu Matsumoto at the Kyoto City University of Arts from 2001-2007, and as an exchange student under Younghi Pagh-Paan at Hochschule für Kuenste Bremen from 2005-2006. She also undertook private studies in composition under Motoharu Kawashima. She participated in the Composition Master Course at the Akiyoshidai's Summer Contemporary Music Festival (2003), the Composers Forum in Tokyo (2004), the Takefu International Music Festival (2005 and 2007, as an invited composer), and Royaumont Voix Nouvelles in France (2006).
Yamane's numerous awards and grants include the Meiji Yasuda Quality of Life Scholarship (2004), the Kyoto Musical Association Prize (2005), the 22nd Japan Society for Contemporary Music Award for Composers Togashi Prize (2005), first prize in the Music Competition of Japan (2006), and the Akutagawa Prize (2010). In 2005 she was a finalist for the Takefu Composition Award.
Her works have been performed in Tokyo, New York City, Paris, Bremen and she has been commissioned by the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Izumi Sinfonietta Osaka and by many ensembles and musicians. Since 2007 she has been organizing "eX.", experimental music events, in Tokyo with composer Motoharu Kawashima. She staged a sound installation "Dots Collection No. 06" in Kyoto in 2011.
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