PROFILE

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Born in Kishiwada (Osaka Prefecture, Japan). After graduating from Soai University with a major in vocal music, Yoshikawa completed her postgraduate study in vocal music at Toho Gakuen School of Music. In 2004, she was selected by the Japan Agency for Cultural Affairs as an art internship trainee. A remarkably active contributor to the field of contemporary music, she won acclaim for her performance as the lead in two world premieres: Michio Mamiya's opera Popoi in 2009, directed by Min Tanaka, and HIRANO Ichiro's mono-opera Jashûmon in 2011, as well as his monumental work Hachiman Dai-Engi in 2016. She is a frequent contributor to world premieres, notably for works written by Keiko Harada, Yoko Oba, Yukiko Watanabe, and among others. She has also contributed to premieres in Japan for works by composers such as Jean-Claude Risset, Unsuk Chin, Sylvano Bussotti, and Beat Furrer. The festivals and ensembles in which she has performed are: Suntory Music Foundation's Summer Festival, Asahi Art Festival, Ensemble Nomad, among others. Since 2004, she has regularly performed with Norio Sato (Guitar) as the "DUO UTAHOGI". In 2009, she started the "OTONARI Trio", with Yoshiko Hannya (viola) and Naoko Kikuchi (koto), and in 2011, participated in the composer/ musical performer/ artist group “Onshoku Kôbô (Atelier Timbre)”. From 2012 to 2015, after forming the children's songs group “KOHAKU” with a poet and a pianist, she participated in premiering commissioned works and organizing the concert series “Utawareru Shi-tachi (Poems To Be Sung)”. In 2015, she began developing activities in a style all her own, starting with the commission of The Seasons Teratology for solo female voice that she proposed to the composer HIRANO Ichiro.
Besides the sensetional high-resolution CD of The Seasons Teratology recorded in a Noh theater in Kyoto, her album releases include “Pop Song”, a new arrangement of Toru Takemitsu's works for soprano and guitar; “Utahogi Vol. 1, 2 & 3”, a collection of well-known Japanese songs newly arranged for DUO UTAHOGI, among others. She has received the Grand Prix at the 7th Matsukata Hall Music Awards, the 7th Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Music Award (for performance in the opera Popoi), and the 15th Keizo Saji Prize from the Suntory Foundation for Arts.












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