Shin Mizutani is an award-winner composer born in Tokyo, 1991. After his studies of jazz piano at Berklee Collage of Music, he went on to Codarts/Rotterdam Conservatory (Bachelor) and Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Master) in the Netherlands, to study composition and electronic music. His works are performed at several music festivals/concerts in Japan, USA, the Netherlands and Germany. His String Quartet “A Study of 'Difference and Repetition' (2015-2016)” was premiered by Mivos Quartet (USA) at Valencia International Performance Academy & Festival 2016 in Spain. In the same year, his chamber work “Quintet for Flute, Clarinet in A, Piano, Violin and Violoncello (2016)” (the piece was later adapted to “Trio Violin, Violoncello and Piano (2016-2017)” in 2017) was premiered at International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt 2016, in Germany. In 2018, he was awarded 1st prize of ”Città di Udine” International Composition Competition (Italy) and 2019, he was also awarded 1st special prize of Solo Instrument Category of ACADEMIA MUSICA, VIENNA, AUSTRIA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION (Austria), and 2nd prize of Orchestral Composition Category. His scores and calligraphy are also acclaimed on several different art fields and exhibited at several museums/exhibitions, like “Musica con Vista (2016)” in Italy and “Northern Disease Exhibition (2016)” in Japan.
He studied composition with Richard Barrett, Brian Ferneyhough, Marc Andre, Stefano Gervasoni, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Milica Djordjević, Philippe Hurel, Daniel d'Adamo, Dimitri Papageorgiou, Panayiotis Kokoras and Rand Steiger, electronic music with Kees Tazelaar and Rene Uijlenhoet, harmony, counterpoint, fugue and general music theory with Rijnhard Bokelmann, Frans de Berg, Theo Varbey, style copy with Arie Boers, music history with Marcel Zijlstra, jazz piano with Francesca Tanksley, music aesthetics and philosophy with Tom Dommisse. He is also working as an arranger/orchestrator for The Piano Teacher’s National Association of Japan.