Kotoka Suzuki – Automata | Mechanical Garden

Kotoka Suzuki (Canada)’s piece “Automata | Mechanical Garden” was shortlisted in our Open Call for acousmatic music 2020!
You can listen to an excerpt of her piece online on Sound Cloud: https://soundcloud.com/kotokasuzuki/automata-mechanical-garden-excerpt
“Kotoka Suzuki is a composer focusing on both instrumental and multimedia practices. She has produced several large-scale multimedia works, including spatial interactive audio-visual work for both concert and installation settings, often in collaboration with artists and scholars from other disciplines. Her work reflects on life, breath and wind and often conceives of sounds as a physical form to be manipulated through the sculptural practice of composition.

Her work has been featured internationally by performers such as Arditti String Quartet, eighth blackbird, Pacifica Quartet, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Continuum, and Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra (Germany), at numerous venues and broadcasts such as Deutschland Radio, BBC Radio3, Ultraschall (Berlin, Germany), ISCM World Music Days, The Stone, ZKM Media Museum (Germany), and Music at the Anthology (MATA). Among the awards she has received include DAAD Berlin Artists in Residence Program (Germany), Bourges First Prize in Multimedia, First Prize in International Electro-Acoustic Musica Nova Competition, New Music USA, Norton Stevens and North Shore fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, George A and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation Fellowship, and Robert Fleming Prize from Canada Council for the Arts. She has held residencies at MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Djerassi, Ucross and Center for Arts and Media (ZKM). 

She received a B.M. degree in composition from Indiana University and a D.M.A. degree in composition at Stanford University, where she studied with Jonathan Harvey. She taught at the University of Chicago and Arizona State University and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. Her work is published on Edition RZ, EMF Media, IMEB records and Signpost Music. She is an associate composer at the Canadian Music Centre since 2001. 

Website: www.kotokasuzuki.com
IG: @kotokasuzuki

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