Keitaro Takahashi / 高橋 渓太郎

Keitaro Takahashi is a composer, video artist and interface designer born in Tokyo, Japan in 1986. His musical identity has been influenced mainly by the cultures and philosophies derived from East Asian countries. However, at the same time, he has an intention to employ European methods of music creation, expression, and composition, along the axis of time and structure on his creations. These european elements have important role in building his own music language. One of his important goal in his creative activity is to integrate East Asian and European cultures in order to establish a new concept for music creation. That being said, he is not willing to just bring East Asian music into European music, nor simulate East Asian music by using European methods. However, he is willing to integrate between the two by employing instrumental, electronic, or environmental sounds in his music according to the way of East Asian philosophies and concepts. He is also researching and developing a Computer Assisted Composition program which employs diverse kinds of computer technologies such as corpus-based synthesis techniques.

He received his bachelor of arts degree from Kunitachi College of Music, Tokyo, Japan, in 2009 and M.A(2011) and MASP(2013). of music composition in Basel Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel. He studied composition and computer music with Professors Takayuki Rai, Cort Lippe, and Eric Oña and computer programming with Mr. Shu Matsuda. Keitaro is a member of the DIPS (Digital Image Processing with Sound) development team. Currently, Keitaro Takahashi is at the Basel (Switzerland) Musik-Akademie working on his Ph.D between Basel and CATOLICA PORTO University in composition and Technology of Art with Professor Eric Oña.

Project list

Irino Prize 2013

The IRINO PRIZE was founded in 1980 in honor of the late Yoshiro Irino, one of the most respected Japanese composers of his generation. The prize is administrated by The IRINO Prize Foundation which was established after his death, on June 23, 1980, by Mrs. Reiko Takahashi IRINO with the collaboration of renowned composers late Maki ISHII, Joji YUASA and Yori- Aki MATSUDAIRA.

Pentimento for Fl. Vn. Vla. Vc was awarded IRINO PRIZE 2013

Christoph Delz Werkjahr 2014

Keitaro Takahashi was awarded WerkJahr 2014. The Werkjahr will enable a composer, who are living in Switzerland or Swiss citizens, every 3 years to complete a large project, most probably combined with a period of living abroad. The jury appointed by the Christoph Delz Foundation will award a grand to be used solely for the purpose of the specified project. The jury will consist of three representatives from the Swiss music world.


Projects with contemporary music ensemble UMS'n JIP.

triptyque de musique contemporaraine
Festival Für Neue Musik FORUM WALLIS de Musique Contemporaine

"surge" for Voice, Sub bass Recorder and Live-Electronics was premiered.

Oracle's Blast 2013 -

Projects with Duo Wiktor Kociuban(Vc) and Demetre Gamsachurdia(Pf).
Kociuban-Gamsachurdia Duo presents: „Oracle‘s Blast“ Program: Lukas Langlotz(*1971) - „Agni“ (2011) William Dougherty(*1988) - „Holocrystalline“ (2013, World Premiere) Marcilio Onofre(*1982) - „Quixote que quica“ (2012-2013, World Premiere) Keitaro Takahashi(*1986) - „Paracusia“ (2013, World Premiere) Demetre Gamsachurdia(*1988) - „Zersidai“ (2012) Wiktor Kociuban: Violoncello Demetre Gamsachurdia: Piano

Percussion&Bytes 2012

May 2012 : Ein Konzerthappening mit Schlagzeug und Elektronik in der Dreispitzhalle. Werke von Edgar Varèse, Anthony Pateras, Luigi Nono, Francesco Maria Paradiso, Keitaro Takahashi, Jacopo Baboni Schilingi, Achim Christian Bornhöft, Pietro Luca Congedo, John Cage, Iannis Xenakis und Alex Buess. Domenico Melchiorre, Konzeption und künstlerische Leitung.

Bricolage for six Percussionist and Live-Electronics was Premiered.

Dancelab3 2011

June 2011 : Collaboration with Roderick Goerge(Dancer, Choreographer), Ballet Basel
In Kooperation mit Studierenden und Absolventen der Kompositionsklasse der Hochschule für Musik der Musik Akademie Basel und dem Sperber-Kollegium Basel

Gene-Synapse for 7 dancers, Fixed media, and Video was Premiered.

David Walters/ISB Composition Compeitition

International Society of Basis and David Walters awarded grand prize for "朧 Oboro" for Trombone, Contrabass, and Bass drum in CHAMBER DIVISION 2010.

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