Fumiko Miyachi


Having had piano lessons since the age of three (thanks mum), music has always been part of Fumiko’s life. She was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1979 and has been living in the UK since 1993 (thanks dad). She stumbled into composition when she was asked to take up a second study at Royal College of Music Junior Department; though she took up the cello a years later, composition came to mind first, as she had always enjoyed notating familiar tunes like movie themes and pop songs (thanks mum). Since then, she has been a composer and pianist. After completing her BMus(Hons) and MMus studies in composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she obtained a DPhil from University of Sussex under Martin Butler’s supervision.

Her music has been performed and commissioned by many musicians and performance groups worldwide, including the BBC Singers (Spitalfields Festival), Opera North (National New Composers’ Forum University of York), MAE (Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival), Lontano (La Linia Latin Music Festival, Southbank Centre), Orkest ‘de ereprijs’ (Gaudeamus Music Week), Concorde (Galway Arts Festival) and decibel (Cutting Edge Series) to name a handful.

Awards and prizes include Joan Weller Composition Prize (1997), Tracey Chadwell Memorial Prize (2002), Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra Young Composers’ Award (2005), The New Millennium Composition Prize (2006), PRSF Women Make Music Award (2016) and BASCA British Composer Award shortlist (2016).

As a pianist, Fumiko specializes in performing contemporary repertoire and has premiered and performed many pieces by composers including Howard Skempton, Michael Finnissy, Laurence Crane, Diana Burrell, Michael Wolters, Joe Cutler, Donnacha Dennehy and Colin Riley. Since 2013, she has been one half of Cobalt Duo with Kate Halsall.

Fumiko has been a visiting tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire since 2006.

“Not only an amazing pianist, but also an amazing composer”- Louis Andriessen 2011

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