Kotoka Suzuki is a composer focusing on both multimedia and instrumental practices. She has produced several large-scale multimedia works, including spatial interactive audio-visual work for both concert and installation settings, often in collaboration with artists and scholars from other disciplines. Her work reflects on life, breath and wind, and often conceives of sounds as physical form to be manipulated through the sculptural practice of composition.
Suzuki’s work has been featured internationally by performers such as Arditti String Quartet, eighth blackbird, Pacifica String Quartet, Continuum, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra (Germany), UMS'n JIP, and Earplay Ensemble, at numerous venues and festivals such as Ultraschall Berlin (Germany), Stanford Live, ISCM World Music Days, ZKM Media Museum, Inventionen, The Stone, SoundFrame (Austria), VideoEx (Switzerland), San Francisco Tape Music Festival, ICMC, Slingshot, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, and Music at the Anthology (MATA). Among the awards she has received include DAAD Artist in Resident Berlin (Germany), Bourges First Prize in Multimedia (France), First Prize in Musica Nova International Electroacoustic Music Competition (Czech Republic), Norton Stevens and North Shore fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Howard Foundation Fellowship, Gerald Oshita Fellowship from Djerassi, and Robert Fleming Prize from Canada Council for the Arts. She has held residencies at MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Djerassi, Ucross and Center for Arts and Media (ZKM).
She received a B.M. degree in composition from Indiana University and a D.M.A. degree in composition at Stanford University. She taught at the University of Chicago and is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Her work is published on Edition RZ, EMF Media, IMEB records and Signpost Music. She is an associate composer at the Canadian Music Centre since 2001.
Canadian Music Centre: Composer Showcase
International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM)
The Portable MacDowell
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