Introduction of Koto
Koto is a traditional musical instrument which was introduced from China
(the Tang era) to Japan in the Nara era in the eighth centuries.
The instrument has thirteen tensed strings over a rounded wooden board
made of paulownia timber. Each string has a movable bridge called” Ji”.
A koto player moves those bridges to adjust tune of the instrument and
plays it with artificial fingernails (picks) of the right hand. The instrument
makes tones like a western harp if a player doesn’t use those picks to
Today the playing style of koto varies and there are active exchanges
with classical music or other genres, and you can enjoy various "Koto" performance
such as collaborations with the western musical instruments and orchestras.
Profile Yoshie Miura
Born in Hokkaido. Learned at the Ikuta school of Koto music from seven
Studied under the late Mr.Tadao Sawai , Ms.Kazue Sawai and Ms.Chieko
Sawai Koto Academy instructor, Presiding Yoshie Miura Koto school.
Graduated from Musicology course of the department of liberal arts, Tokai
University in March 2004 and 49th NHK Japanese music technician course.
Performed Yoshie Miura Koto recital in Sapporo in August, 2004.
Finished the sound arts course of arts research, Graduate School of Tokai
Yoshie Miura Koto recital in commemoration of completion of Graduation
School of Tokai University at Tokyo Opera in May 2006.
Interviewed by“RAPORA” in flight magazine of AIR DO in April 2008.
Sold out Yoshie Miura Koto recital sponsored by Chitose city hall.
Played at selected concert of new Japanese musician at Sapporo Civic
in April 2008.
Performed at various concerts, “Company of Japanese music shows up!”
of NHK-FM,74th new musician concert sponsored by the Yomiuri Shinbun
Played at Shresvich Holstein Music Festival in Germany, Quebec Expo’s
Played at “Sing New Year” “Atagoyama classic entertainment festival”
as a member of NHK traditional orchestra in NHK-BS.
Played as leader of Koto group at NHK” Popular song concert”
Received 2nd prize and Hokkaido Broadcasting company Award at 30th Hokkaido
Sankyoku concert’s new musical composition.
Received 3rd prize at 13th “Kenjun memorial Koto national contest”.
Received Encourage Award at Kumamoto Japanese music national contest.
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