Profile: Masahiro Miwa
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Composer. Miwa Masahiro was born in Tokyo in 1958, and formed a rock band in highschool in 1974. In 1978 he moved to Germany to attend the National Academy of Art in Berlin, where he studied composition under Isang Yun. Since 1985 he has studied under G$@]O(Jther Becker at the Robert Schumann National Academy in D$@]T(Jseldorf. He has been teaching computer- and electronic music at the Academy since 1988. In 1986 Miwa began to teach himself computer programming, and has since focused on creating computer music.
Miwa has been the recipient of many awards for his work, including: the Hambacher Prize (Germany,1985); the Irino Prize (Japan,1989); second prize in the Music Today Composition Contest (Japan,1991); first prize in the Concorso Internationale Luigi Russoro (Italy,1992); and the Muramatsu Award (Japan,1995).
His works have been performed in Europe, Japan, the United States and Canada. He has been involved in other projects, including the Opera "The New Era" (2000) and collaboration works for interactive computer installations. He has released numerous CD albums as follows: "Rotk$@3Q(Jpchen-Begleiter" (1995), "Ges$@3O(Jge des Ostens" (1998), 4 CD's of "Ascending Music for the End of Century" (1999), "The New Era, Song of Believers" (2001) and "Silhouette of Words, or Alleluia" (2001).
In 1995 he was appointed as a lecturer at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and since 2000 he has been professor at IAMAS (Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences) in Gifu, Japan.
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