Fumiko Miyachi is a composer and pianist. Her music is a colourful melting pot of driving rhythms, vibrant harmonies and multicultural influences of her European/Japanese background.
Her music has been performed and commissioned by musicians and performance groups worldwide, including the BBC Singers (Spitalfields Festival 2006), Opera North (National New Composers’ Forum, University of York 2005), MAE (Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2007), Lontano (La Linea Latin Music Festival, Southbank Centre 2005), Orkest ’de ereprijs’ (Gaudeamus Music Week 2004), Concorde (Galway Arts Festival 2005) and decibel (The Cutting Edge Series 2005 & 2007).
As a pianist, she specializes in performing contemporary repertoire and has premiered and performed many pieces by composers including Howard Skempton, Michael Finnissey, Laurence Crane, Diana Burrell, Andrew Hamilton, Michael Wolters, Joe Cutler, Donnacha Dennehy and Ed Bennett. She has been Kate Halsall’s piano duo partner since 2013.
When Louis Andriessen visited Birmingham Conservatoire for his eponymous festival in 2009, he described Fumiko as “Not only an amazing pianist, but also an amazing composer”.
Miyachi is currently working on her first portrait album which is due to be released in Spring 2017.
Au79 was premiered on 4 March 2016. Performed by Birmingham Conservatoire Brass Band conducted by Ian Porthouse at Birmingham Conservatoire.
Since 2010, I have been working on a series of pieces called The Transitional Metal Series and Au79 (Gold) for brass band is the second piece in the series. I have always been strangely drawn to the neatness of the periodic table and the rhythmic drive and clarity of texture inherent my music somehow brought to mind the “metal” connection. There are two other pieces in the series Cr24 (Chromium) for large ensemble and Co27 (Cobalt) for piano duet; I am currently working on Hg80 (Mercury) which is a large scale work for two pianos. – Fumiko Miyachi