Akiko Yanagisawa


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Akiko studied aesthetics and philosophy at Gakushuin University, Tokyo, and obtained an MA in Arts Management at City, University of London where she studied orchestra management and cross-cultural music management. She founded mu:arts, a creative producer of music and arts, which has brought established and emerging musicians and artists to festivals and venues in over 30 countries. She is enthusiastic about creating cross-cultural and interdisciplinary arts collaborations and has produced successful projects including "Noh Reimagined" festival which explores innovative and interdisciplinary collaborations with the 650 year-old music theatre tradition from Japan. Her passion is to connect the tradition with the creative energy of arts and culture of our time, through innovative genre-defying collaborations in order to continue asking the questions about who we are.

She also contributes columns about cultural topics to Japanese national newspapers.

participating in

  • Classical:NEXT 2018
  • Classical:NEXT 2016
  • Classical:NEXT 2014
  • Classical:NEXT 2013