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Kenji Sakai's Three Portrait Concerts in Japan

Jun. 26, 2018

Kenji Sakai's Three Portrait Concerts in Japan

After living in Europe for the past seventeen years, Kenji Sakai has returned to Japan where, in addition to composing, he is teaching at Kyoto City University of Arts. A series of portrait concerts on August 6, 7, and August 10 celebrate his return to Japan and feature a selection of Sakai’s works, including the world premieres of Melodia Labile and Wavering, and the Japanese premieres of Howling and Whirling.

Listen to a selection of Kenji Sakai's works here:

(Concert d'Automne/Kenji Sakai/Hai-Dao Ensemble/Shiuan Chang, conductor)

(Etheric Visions/Kenji Sakai/Daisuke Suzuki, guitar)

(Violin Concerto/Kenji Sakai/New Japan Philharmonic/Tatsuki Narita, violin/
Yoichi Sugiyama, conductor)

To learn more about Kenji Sakai, please visit

Kenji Sakai

Mutual Portraits (2015)

Pf 4 hands


Melodia Labile (2017-2018)

Sop sax, Pf


Je est un autre (2012)

Soprano solo


Wavering (2017)

Shamisen solo


Howling (2017)

Contrabass Fl, contrabass Cl, perc


Whirling (2017)

Fl, Cl, perc


Chasm (2013)

Vl, Pf


Das Lebenwohl (2014)

Hr, Pf


Osmosis I (2011)

Fl, Cl, Hr, Vl, Vc


Concert d’Automne (2014)

Fl, Cl, Perc, Pf, Vl, Vc


Etheric Visions (2017)

Guitar solo


Photo by Maxime Lenik