Keiko Abe International Marimba Academy

Guide to the Academy

Acceptance of applications for The 8th Keiko Abe International Marimba Academy is closed.

Venues Toho Gakuen School of Music: 41-1 Wakaba-cho 1-chome, Chofu City, Tokyo
Yamaha Ginza Concert Salon: 9-14 Ginza 7-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 6F, Yamaha Ginza Building
Faculty Keiko Abe  Jean Geoffroy  Masahiro Ishijima
Dates July 31st (Wed) to August 4th (Sun), 2013
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 41,500JPY (tax included)
Auditor 1 day :3,000 JPY (tax included), 5 days 13,500 JPY (tax included)
A student discount
1 day :2,000JPY (tax included), 5 days :9,500JPY (tax included)
Listen only Premium Concert on August 4th 1,500 JPY (tax included)
Applications Participant Please fill out application form and send it to the office given below by May 17 2013. * 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 17th 2013.
Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, June 7th, 2013.
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.
  • 100 minute special lecture
    "The future of marimba"
    Keiko Abe, Jean Geoffroy and Masahiro Ishijima(composor) give special lecture about contemporary music and set piece in marimba competition etc.
    Participants and Auditors are free to listen.
  • A Premium Concert will be held on August 4th at Yamaha Ginza Concert Salon.
    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 (Wed) Toho Gakuen School of Music 12:30 : Opening Ceremony
13:00 : Lessons (40-minute solo lessons)
August 1st (Thu) Toho Gakuen School of Music 13:00 : Lessons (40-minute solo lessons)
August 2nd (Fri) Toho Gakuen School of Music 13:00 : Lessons (40-minute solo lessons)
August 3rd (Sat) Toho Gakuen School of Music 11:00-12:45 Special lecture "The future of marimba"
13:30-16:30 Audition for premium concert
18:00-20:00 Party (An additional fee will be charged.)
August 4th (Sun) YAMAHA Ginza Concert Salon 15:00 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)

Masahiro Ishijima graduated from Toho Gakuen College Music Department. He studied composition under Akira Miyoshi at the College, and was strongly influenced by Yoshio Hachimura. In 1979 he was a finalist of the "MUSIC TODAY" International Composition Competition supervised by Toru Takemitsu. He won the third prize in the section of composition for wind and string instruments of the Music Competition of Japan in 1980, and was commissioned by the 10th MIN-ON Contemporary Music Festival in 1984. Then he lived in France from 1987 to 1989. Moreover, he received Asahi Composition Award in 1991, and the Arts Festival Grand Prize in 1997 by his work for ballet "Heavenly Poem." His major works include: 《ODE》 for violin and orchestra (1984), 《ENKA》 for Shamisen and cembalo (2002), 《ONNA-UTA》 for 18 female voice (2006), 《WOVEN》for percussion and piano (2008), 《GREEN》 for orchestra (2009), 《CONCERTINO》 for cello solo and ensemble of 12 cellos (2010), 《REQUIEM》 for piano solo (2011), 《SOLUS》 for violin solo (2011), 《IN PARADISM》 for percussion ensemble, a ballet trilogy, and Opera 《Forbidden room》 (1996). He has also composed such pieces for marimba as 《PROCESSION for two marimbas》, 《Exhale for marimba solo》, 《MIRROR for marimba solo》 and so on. His works have been performed at Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt (Germany), Montreuil Music Festival (France), Nong Project (Korea), and in major cities as New York, Paris, and Moscow. As the result of his research, he wrote "Complete Works for Piano of Ravel"(total three volumes) published by ZEN-ON Music Company LTD, and more. He currently teaches at Toho Gakuen College Music Department as a professor. 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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