1. Biography/プロフィール


Shiori - Colour headshot[Photo by Tobias Feltus]

Originally from Japan, Shiori Usui is a BBC Proms commissioned composer and improviser based in Scotland, UK. The Times newspaper described her as a composer with “entirely individual ears” after the successful premiere of the piece “Liya-pyuwa” for piano quintet at Wigmore Hall, London in 2006. Since then, Shiori has been a recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including Toru Takemitsu Composition Award 2012 (judge, Toshio Hosokawa), Civitella Ranieri Music Fellowship in conjunction with the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursary (2010), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Cove Park composer’s residency (2012), Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/Sound and Music composer-in-residence (2013-2014), and Scottish Chamber Orchestra Connect Fellow funded by BBC Performing Arts Fund (2013-2014) working with children with additional support needs.

July 2015 saw the premiere of Shiori’s new work “Ophiocordyceps unilateralis s.l.” at the BBC Proms, performed by BCMG with conductor Franck Ollu at Cadogan Hall in London to great acclaim.

Shiori has produced works in radical instrumental music, and has worked with motion capturing sensors and biophysical technology. Many of her compositions are inspired by the sounds of the human body, the deep sea, and many other weird and wonderful organisms living on Earth.

Shiori also works as an improvising musician in the UK and abroad as a vocalist and pianist, and has performed with artists such as Arve Henriksen, Ilan Volkov, Rie Nakajima, Lee Patterson and Grey Area.


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[Drawing by Fumio Obata]


2012年5月には、オーケストラ作品「笑い」が武満徹作曲賞、第三位を受賞(審査員:細川敏夫)。同年に、ユネスコ・アッシュバーグ芸術奨学金制度の下、権威のあるイタリアのシビテラ・ラニエリ(Civitella Ranieri)で音楽奨学生として活動する。また、2010年10月から2011年2月までは、BBCスコティッシュ交響楽団でレジデント・コンポーザーも務めた。