biography English

Tomoko Mukaiyama, winner of the first prize of the Dutch Gaudeamus competition in 1991, has been engaged by prestigious orchestras and ensembles like the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, the London Sinfonietta, the Ensemble Intercontemporain and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra among many others. She has collaborated with film directors, designers, architects, dancers and photographers, such as Marina Abramovic, MERZBOW, and Jirí Kylián.

From the beginning of 2000 Tomoko Mukaiyama also started working as a visual artist. She used her experience as a concert pianist to create her first installation piece. She gave new dimension to the concert space with her project Amsterdam x Tokyo (2000) and for you – Yokohama Triennial (2002). She studied the absence and presence of the composer, audience and pianist in her installation you and bach that she made for the Sydney Biennale in 2006.
In Show me your second face (2007) she transformed herself and the piano into a fashion sculpture. Her music installation Mo-Ichido (2008) also included the experience of scent by integrating organic odours and video.
Her multimedia project wasted has successfully toured to five locations all over the world. In 2011 it also lead to a documentary about the project wasted.
Tomoko’s latest installation performance SHOES’ (2011) combines several fashion elements with human ambitions.
In 2012 she collaborated with director Pierre Audi on a piece of the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.
This year she created the dance work SHIROKURO (2012) with Nicole Beutler and Jean Kalman. This work will be presented during the Holland Festival in 2013. Both the Setouchi Art Festival and the Aichi Triennial in Japan will present Tomoko’s installation works Nocturne en Falling (inspired by Beckett’s works) in 2013.
She’s also creating music for Jirí Kylián’s dance performance East Shadow which tours in 2013 and 2014.