Masahiro Miwa was born in Tokyo in 1958. He formed a rock band in high school 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 Güther Becker at the Robert Schumann National Academy. In 1986 Miwa began to teach computer programming in the university, and in Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln since 1995.
And has since focused on creating computer music, especially using the technique called Algorithmic Composition, the majority of his original pieces are highly regarded on a global scale: International Computer Music Conference(Cologne), Ars Electronica and so on.
Not only is he a successful composer but he also specializes in creating CDs, writing, and collaborating with many artists. Masahiro has worked with artist Akke Wagenaar in putting together an installation, and Shinjiro Maeda in an opera performance. Another artist he has worked with is Martin Riches where they constructed an art piece together. Through his experience he has met a talented man named Nobuyasu Sakonda, together they created an organization called the Formant Brothers.
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); the Muramatsu Award (Japan, 1995); Akutagawa Award for Music Composition(Bolero by Muramatsu Gear Engine ,Japan, 2004); the Golden Nica at this year’s Prix Ars Electronica (Reverse Simulation Music, 2007 , Thinking Machine created with Martin Riches, 2008, and Le Tombeau de Freddie / L’Internationale as Formant brothers.
Masahiro’s art works has been the catalyst for his many awards, including, “The Hambacher Prize” in Germany, 1985, and “The Irino Prize” in Japan, 1989. In Japan of 1991 he placed second prize in “The Music Today Composition Contest”, following it in 1992, first prize in “The Concorso Internationale Luigi Russoro” in Italy. He has many accomplishments and awards from his endeavors and masterpieces. Some of the awards he received is, “The Muramatsu Award” (Japan, 1995), Akutagawa Award for Music Composition (Bolero by Muramatsu Gear Engine, Japan 2004), and “The Golden Nica” at “Prix Ars Electronica” (Reverse Simulation Music, 2007, Thinking Machine created with Martin Riches, 2008, and Le Tombeau de Freddie / L’Internationale as Formant Brothers).
Publications: “A Musical Theory of Computer Age, (1995)”, and “The Musical Art of Masahiro: Complete Thoughts (1998-2010)”
A composer, and a new media artist. Suguru makes stimulating works relates new technology, and so he is regarded heigly internationally, and active in all over the world. He used to work as an invited composer of IRCAM of Pompidou Centre in Paris, France, And also as a researcher, an assistant professor of École des beaux-arts de Bordeaux and now he is as an assistant professor of Tokyo University of the Arts.
Major awards he ever got are, Boston Symphony Orchestra Fellowship (Boston, 1989), Koussevitzky Prize, Tanglewood Music Festival (USA, 1989), The first prize at the Marzena (Seattle, 1990), Berliner Kompositionaufträge, Cultural Minister (Berlin, 1993), DIRECAM, French Cultural Minister (Paris, 2002, 2008 and 2010), Music Theater Award 2008 (Berlin, 2008), OFQJ-dance and new technology prize at Bains Numérique #4, International Festival of digital art of Enghein-Les-Bains (France 2009), Electronic Sonority Honor Award Prize, FILE PRIX LUX, (Brazil, 2010), Action Sharing 2 (Italy, 2011), THE 2013 KAO INTERNATIONAL KINETIC ART COMPETITION AWARDS, the 2nd prize (Florida, 2013) and Prix Ars Electronica 2013 Digital Musics & Sound Art Honorary Mention (2013, Austria). His works are played in music festivals in a various countries, Resonance/IRCAM, Tanglewood Music Festival, ICC, SONAR, Haus der Kultures der Welt, ISEA, NIME, Venice Biennale and etc.
Tomoko Nakai is a composer of sound/music and a sound artist. She studied composition and computer music at Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo, Japan and received a master’s degree. Her works are based on real-time signal processing in the field of music and arts. Her pieces have been performed and exhibited at various concerts, festivals, recitals and exhibitions in the U.S., Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Cuba, Korea and Japan, among others. She was on the music jury in 2007 and reviewer in 2013 of the International Computer Music Conference.
She is currently a lecturer of the Art Media Center, Tokyo University of the Arts and the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music.