UC San Diego's Department of Music
December 05, 2006
REIKO MANABE WINS TOKYO COMPETITION
Flutist Reiko Manabe won top honors in the 7th JCSM (Japan Society of Contemporary Music) Music Players competition in Tokyo in December. Performances of Philippe Hurel's "Eolia" and Joji Yuasa's "Domain" earned her the highest score among 65 entrants. Performers were required to include one piece by a Japanese composer; all selections had to be post-World War II. In addition to Reiko, nine finalists included two other flutists, a piano duo, four solo pianists and a shakuhachi player. As winner, Reiko will perform at the JCSM recital in 2008, and will have the opportunity to record a CD. At the same time, she also won the 16th Asahi Contemporary Music Award, given each year to an outstanding artist. Reiko is a Tokyo native who earned her bachelors degree in music from Toho Gakuen School of Music, whose graduates also include Seiji Ozawa. At UCSD, she's working toward a DMA degree in performance.
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