Keiko Abe International Marimba Academy

Guide to the Academy

Acceptance of applications for The 7th Keiko Abe International Marimba Academy is closed.

Venues Toho Gakuen School of Music: 41-1 Wakaba-cho 1-chome, Chofu City, Tokyo
Yamaha Ginza Studio: 9-14 Ginza 7-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo B2F, Yamaha Ginza Building
Faculty Keiko Abe  Jean Geoffroy  Akira Imai
Dates July 31st (Tue) to August 4th (Sat), 2012
Requirements Participant From High School students aiming to become specialized performers through to professionals * Students may apply as a duo.
(Separate intake for students currently enrolled at Toho Gakuen School of Music.)
Auditor Elementary, Middle and High School students, University students and general students * Applicants can be of any nationality.
Tuition fee Participant 50,000JPY (tax included)
Auditor 1 day :3,000JPY (tax included), 5 days :15,000JPY (tax included)
A student discount
1 day :2,000JPY (tax included), 5 days :10,000JPY (tax included)
Listen only Special lectures on August 3th & 4th 1,500JPY/lecture (tax included)
Listen only Premium Concert on August 4th 1,500JPY/lecture (tax included)
Applications Participant Please fill out application form and send it to the office given below by May 18 2012. * Intake is limited to the first 10 applicants.
Auditor The application for an Auditor is accepted anytime unless the number of the Auditors is not exceed 70.
Final date for receipt of applications Friday, May 18th 2012.
Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, June 8th, 2012.
Instrument YM6100, YM6000, YM5100A

* We have filled all available places for the Marimba Academy and are no looking seeking applications from prospective students. Applications are still being accepted from those who wish to audit sessions.

Lesson details

  • Three 40-minute solo lessons
    The lessons will principally cover the following subjects:
    Keiko Abe:Works by Keiko Abe and works by Japanese
    Jean Geoffroy:Works from Europe and America
    Participants can take three 40-minute solo lessons (Two Keiko Abe lessons and one Jean Geoffroy's lesson) and may participate in 30-minute question and answer sessions each day.
    Auditors are free to listen, and may participate in question and answer sessions.
  • Two 60-minute special lectures
    "Compulsory pieces in World Marimba Competition in Stuttgart"
    Several students from participants play compulsory pieces, and Keiko Abe, Jean Geoffroy and Akira Imai (pianist)give two 60-minute special lectures.
    Participants and Auditors are free to listen.
  • A Premium Concert will be held on August 4th at Yamaha Ginza Studio.
    Auditions for performers will be held on August 3rd. You may perform any pieces that you like (within 10 minutes in length, but not including any pieces studied during the lessons).
July 31st (Tue) Toho Gakuen School of Music 12:20 : Opening Ceremony
13:00 : Lessons (40-minute solo lessons)
August 1st (Wed) Toho Gakuen School of Music 12:30 : Lessons (40-minute solo lessons)
August 2nd (Thu) Toho Gakuen School of Music 12:30 : Lessons (40-minute solo lessons)
August 3rd (Fri) Toho Gakuen School of Music 13:00-15:30: Audition for premium concert
16:00-17:00 : Special lecture
"Compulsory pieces in World Marimba Competition in Stuttgart ①"
August 4th (Sat) YAMAHA GINZA STUDIO 15:00-16:00 : Special lecture
"Compulsory pieces in World Marimba Competition in Stuttgart ②"
18:00 Open 18:30 Start : Premium concert

* Please note that details may be subject to change depending on circumstances.


Keiko Abe's profile

Jean Geoffroy

As a multi percussionist, he is a regular guest soloist at the most prestigious festivals all over the world. Especially in contemporary music, he has made great efforts in performing premiere with composers.
For marimba, he has released solo albums such as "Bach Cello suite," arranged by himself.
Solo timpanist with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris from 1985 to 2000. He was a professor at Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve from 1999 to 2006. He has taught as a professor at Conservatoire national superior masque et dense de Lyon since 1999, and also at Conservatoire national superieur de musique de Paris since 2005.
In 2009 Geoffroy was an art director and chief of the jury at Geneva International Music Competition.
photo:Jean Geoffroy

Akira Imai (only for the special course)

Akira Imai, pianist and professor of graduate school in Kunitachi College of Music, went to Europe at the age of 16, entered Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, and successfully graduated at age 19.
He has stayed in Europe for 24 years, and devoted himself to teaching at piano major in Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien for 14 years since 1981.
He studied under Paul Badura-Skoda, and took part in the compilation of original scores at Peters and Eulenburg.
He was awarded medals at many international competitions, and has a distinguished international career as a concert pianist.
photo:Akira Imai

Applications & Inquiries

Marimba Academy, Toho Gakuen College Music Department, Toho Gakuen School of Music
1-41-1 Wakaba-cho, Chofu City, Tokyo 182-8510, Japan
TEL. +81-(0)3- 3307-4113 (Toho Gakuen College Music Department direct line)
FAX: +81-(0)3- 3307-4354

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