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Kaito Nakahori




Apr 12 2023

Ikebana and Contemporary Music (The Okura Tokyo, Japan)

(Ikebana Performance by Seihou Okudaira)

"Contemplation” [Japanese Premiere]

(Violin:Tatsuki Narita)

"Adieu” [Japanese Premiere]

(Soprano:Jessica[Ngatari], Electronics Kaito Nakahori)

+Talk show - Seihou Okudaira, Hitomi Kitayama, Kaito Nakahori

Mar 11 and Mar 16 2023

Osaka Asian Film Festival (Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan)

"After Winter, the Tamaki Family…” [World Premiere]

(Film Music, Director: Huang Yin-yu)

Festival Website

Sep 18 2022

Mandolin Orchestra Guild The 9th regular concert (Kyoto Concert Hall, Japan)

"Shroud of the Rain” [World Premiere]

(Mandolin Orchestra Guild)



Kaito Nakahori was born in Chiba, Japan in 1989. He began composing at the age of 14 when Toru Takemitsu's music made a great impression on him. He has won numerous prizes, including Brian M. Israel Prize (2016) and 1st Prize at Impronta Ensemble Composition Competition (2019). In 2015, his portrait concert was held at the United Nations in New York, when he conducted and presented his pieces including Summit of Mt. Fuji. Since then, Hotarubi commissioned by Goethe Institut in 2017, Samon commissioned by Kyoto Art Center in 2018, Two Different Paintings commissioned by Tokyo Bunka Kaikan at the 150th anniversary concert of Japan and Hungary diplomatic relations in 2019, Theater Opera Zero (the original text and staging by Oriza Hirata) commissioned by Toyooka Theater Festival in 2020, Electronics Opera Countless Wells (Co-production with IRCAM) commissioned by Fondation Royaumont in 2021, Abyss (dedicated to Arditti Quartet) commissioned by Takefu International Music Festival in 2022 and many other pieces have been gained a good reputation internationally as a contemporary composer, and his unique meditative style of composition is called Timeless Music. He has given composition lectures at The Japan Cultural Institute in Rome, National University of Colombia, Takefu International Music Festival, Tokyo College of Music and Hiroshima City University. His wide range activities also include releasing the ambient music album Mythologies in 2017, and the collaboration concert with Ikebana Sekiso-ryu Iemoto Seihou Okudaira at the Okura Tokyo in 2023. He is currently based in New York and Tokyo.


Theater Opera Zero (2020)

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World premiere 13/09/2020 at Toyooka Theater Festival

Text/Staging: Oriza Hirata

Composer/Conductor: Kaito Nakahori

"The journey back to the roots of existence"

(Kobe Shimbun)

Electronics Opera Countless Wells (2021)

World premiere 28/08/2021 at Royaumont Abbey

Festival de Royaumont "Carré magique"

Co-production with IRCAM


Abyss (2022)


For String Quartet

World premiere 09/09/2022 at Takefu International Music Festival


Dedicated to Arditti Quartet

Yaeyama Hirugi (2014)

World premiere 13/06/2014 at Middlebury Town Hall Theater


1st Prize at Impronta Ensemble Composition Competition

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New record album "Mythologies" part of IIKKI's series was released on Nov 21st on Bandcamp. It is an electronic ambient music work composed by Kaito Nakahori and Masaya Ozaki. Art work is by Erwan Morère. 

Khemia Ensemble's debut album "Voyage" was released on May 14th on Bandcamp. It is a collection of the works that were commissioned and/or performed during the inaugural tour of South America. Nakahori's piece "Zero Ⅰ" is collected to the album.


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