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SOAS student wins prize in the prestigious TIAA All Japan Composition Competition

28 November 2017
Taichi Imanishi

SOAS PhD student Taichi Imanishi has won second prize in the prestigious TIAA All Japan Composition Competition for his composition All Living Things Amid the Swirl of Time for flute, clarinet, harp, violin and cello.

Living Things depicts all living creatures striving to live in a harsh climate, reflecting the state of today’s world; the committee remarked: “A very well written piece” which “clearly indicates the composer’s intentions”. An excerpt is available via this link: All Living Things Amid the Swirl of Time (pdf; 1773kb)  . In this particular competition, a first prize was not awarded, which meant Taichi was awarded the highest prize.

Taichi’s PhD project, supervised by Professor Keith Howard, explores composer Toru Takemitsu’s notion of portable and unportable music through a series of composition commissions that mix Japanese and European traditions. His Heavenly River for shakuhachi and string quartet received its premiere at SOAS recently, with SOAS student Orlando Byron playing shakuhachi.