"Half Chinese, half Japanese, young gifted composer."

− 晶报 (Daily Sunshine) / China

"The music had the misty feeling of Japanese gagakumusic, court music so regal, that it seems static, only the colors changing. Mr. Nakahori blended his instruments with such impeccable taste, that the entire blend could have had a lulling, a mesmeric feeling on the listener.”

− Harry Rolnick (Music critic) / US

"Nakahori is remarkable young composer who has acute sensitivity, and creating his artistic world beyond the border and many cultures”

− Mari Kimura (Violinist, Composer) / US

"Nakahori's piece was one of the best tonight. His work is impressively ritualistic."

− Amfion pro musica classica / Finland

"Japanese composer who is successful abroad - His works have enthusiasm."

"Nakahori is a composer with a unique meditative world. His lush sound, like a freshly picked fruit, heralds the arrival of an Oriental composer of a new era."

− Toshio Hosokawa (Composer) / Japan

Kaito Nakahori was born in 1989 in Japan. He began teaching composition himself at the age of 14 when Toru Takemitsu's music made a great impression on him. He received bachelor’s degree from Toho College of Music graduating at top of the list, and master’s degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has been based in New York afterwards, and presented his music worldwide.

Toshio Hosokawa described Kaito Nakahori's music as "He is a composer who has a unique meditative world, and his music has a fascinating tone color, which is perceived as "Oriental" to the Occidental ear. It brings to mind not an ancient Orient, but rather a new, sophisticated world which envelops a modern night view of a sea of skyscrapers, the likes of Tokyo or Shanghai. His lush sound, like a freshly picked fruit, heralds the arrival of an Oriental composer of new era", and Harry Rolnick also described his piece, Japanese Footbridge for koto and chamber ensemble as "The music had the misty feeling of Japanese gagakumusic, court music so regal, that it seems static, only the colors changing. Mr. Nakahori blended his instruments with such impeccable taste, that the entire blend could have had a lulling, a mesmeric feeling on the listener." His music also expresses timeless atmosphere, fusion of nature and mental world, and mixing of Western and Eastern deeply, which presents a singular and new style in the contemporary music scene. 

In 2015, his portrait concert was held at the United Nations, when he conducted and presented his chamber pieces including Summit of Mt. Fuji, and was a huge success. His piece Hotarubi for hichiriki and string quartet commissioned by Goethe Institut at Tongyeong International Music Festival in 2017, his shakuhachi solo piece Meigetsu commissioned by Takefu International Music Festival, his chamber piece Samon commissioned by Kyoto Art Center in 2018, his chamber piece Two Different Paintings commissioned by Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and Okamura Company at the 150th anniversary concert of Japan and Hungary diplomatic relations in 2019 and many others have been gained a good reputation internationally as Japanese contemporary composer.

He has won numerous prizes including Brian M. Israel Prize (2016) with Zero for soprano and chamber ensemble, and 1st Prize at Impronta Ensemble Composition Competition (2019) with Yaeyama Hirugi for clarinet and string quartet. His works have been performed by Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Dal Niente, Meitar Ensemble, JACK Quartet, Aki Takahashi, Mari Kimura, Mayumi Miyata, Toshiya Suzuki at Mani-Fest (IRCAM, Centre Pompidou), Boston Early Music Festival (United States), Nuova Consonanza (Italy), Maison de la Radio France, Suntory Hall, Merkin Hall, Jordan Hall, Sala Radio Hall, Caroline H. Hume Hall, Hong Kong Culture Center, Radio Nacional Cordoba and so on. He was the guest composer and the judge of call for scores with Rosetta Ensemble in the 2018, Composer-in-Residence with Khemia Ensemble in the 2015/2016, and the conductor with Hai-Dao Ensemble in the 2014/2015.

He has given lectures, masterclasses, speeches at The Japan Cultural Institute in Rome, National University of Colombia and Hiroshima City University among others. The score he composed for the Huang Yin-Yu's film "After Spring, the Tamaki Family..." has been nominated to many film festivals including 2016 Taipei Film Awards. 

< Education >

2014. 5  San Francisco Conservatory of Music - Scholarship / Master of Music

2012. 3  Toho College of Music - Top of the list / Bachelor of Music

< Award >

2019. 8  1st Prize at Impronta Ensemble Composition Competition (Mannheim, Germany) 

2016. 6  Brian M. Israel Prize (New York, US) 

2014. 4  The 15th TIAA Composer's competition - Shorei Award (Tokyo, Japan)

2012. 4  The 11th TIAA Composition Competition - Shorei Award (Tokyo, Japan)

2012. 4  Senzoku Contemporary Music Composition Competition - Senzoku Award / Orchestra work (Kanagawa, Japan)

2011. 4  The 9th Hirosaki Sakura no Sono composition competition - 3rd place (Hirosaki-shi, Japan)

< Major Commission >

2019. 3  Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Okamura Company - The 150th Anniversary Concert of Japan-Hungary Diplomatic Relations

2018. 3  Mupa Festival 2018 (Burapha university, Bangkok, Thailand)

2018. 2  Rosetta Ensemble (Kyoto Art Center Auditorium, Japan)

2017.11 Přemysl Vojta Horn Trio Japan Tour (Nagoya / Tokyo / Fukushima)

2017. 9  Takefu International Music Festival - Invited Composer (Japan)

2017. 6  Duo YUMENO Recital (Kōshō-ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan)

2017. 4  Goethe Institut - Tongyeong International Music Festival - Asian Composers Showcase (Tongyeong, South Korea)

2016. 9  Musitravel Vol. 7 (Nihon-Bashi Kokaido, Tokyo, Japan)

2015. 8  Khemia Ensemble South America Tour (Argentina, Colombia)

2014.12 Yukino Ichikawa Electone recital vol. 2 (Electone City Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan)

2014.12 Yusuke Satoh 10th Anniversary Debut Concert (Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan)

2014. 3  International Percussion Music Radio Festival (Sala Radio Hall, Bucharest, Romania)

2013.11 Aki Takahashi - Nuova Consonanza (The Japan Cultural Institute in Rome, Italy)

 

< Selection >

2018. 8  Royaumont Abbaye & foundation Voix Nouvelles Academy (Royaumont Abbey, France)

2018. 6  Atlantic Center for the Arts - Residency (Florida, US)

2017. 6  ManiFeste 2017 - IRCAM (Pompidou Centre, Paris, France)

2016. 7  SYNTHETIS International Summer Course for Composers (Poland)

2016. 7  VIPA Festival (Valencia, Spain)
2016. 7  ECCE Ensemble ETCHINGS FESTIVAL 2016 (Auvillar, France)

2016. 6  Sävellyspaja concert (Helsinki, Finland)

2015. 6  Boston Early Music Festival - Antico Moderno (Boston, US)

2014. 6  New Music On The Point Festival (Middlebury, Vermont, US)

2014. 4  Red Note New Music Festival (Illinois State University, Normal, US)

2014. 1  Tonada Productions Call for Scores [Tokyo to New York] (Tokyo, Japan)

2013. 7  High Score Festival (Pavia, Italy)

2013. 6  Charlotte New Music Festival (North Carolina, US)

2013. 3  Hot Air Music Festival(San Francisco, US)

< Masterclass, Speech, Exhibition >

2016. 5  Lecture "Kaito Nakahori / history of contemporary mysic" (Hiroshima City University, Hiroshima, Japan)

2016. 4  Workshop "Film and Music" (Toho College of Music, Saitama, Japan)

2015. 8  Composition Masterclass (National University of Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia)

2015. 8  Composition Masterclass (National University of Córdoba, Argentina)

2014.7-8 Exhibition at Mt.Fuji museum (Mt. Fuji Museum, Yamanashi, Japan)

2013.11 Nuova Consonanza Symposium / Speech on Japanese music (The Japan Cultural Institute in Rome, Italy)

< Music Direction, Composer in Residence, Judge >

2018. 2  Rosetta Ensemble "Undefined Space" / Judge for Call for Scores (Kyoto Art Center, Japan)

2015. 5 - 2016. 5 Khemia Ensemble / Composer in Residence (University of Michigan, US)

2015.12 SOUND OF PEACE / Artistic Director (United Nation, New York, US)

2015. 9  Japan Block Fair / Music direction(New York, US)

2014.12 Shenzhen International Micro-Film Festival / Presenter (Shenzhen, China)

2014.11 Hai-Dao Ensemble New York Debut / Artistic Director (Merkin Hall, New York, US)

2014.10 Shenzhen International Micro-Film Festival - United Nations Launching Ceremony  / Artistic Director (New York, US)

2014.10 Hai-Dao Ensemble Debut / Artistic Director (Jordan Hall, Boston, US)

2014. 9  A-EN Composers Project 4th concert in Shizuoka / Director (Shizuoka, Japan)

2013.12 A-EN Composer's Project 3rd concert / Director (Tokyo, Japan)

2011. 4  Keizai to H’s 10th play “Haiyu no shiawase” / Music scoring for play (Tokyo, Japan)

< Portrait Concert >

2015. 5  Kaito Nakahori Portrait Concert 2015 at United Nations (New York, US)

2012. 8  The 3rd Katsunari Nakahori Koten portrait Concert (Tokyo, Japan)

2011.12 The 2nd Katsunari Nakahori Koten portrait Concert (Tokyo, Japan)

2011. 7  The 1st Katsunari Nakahori Koten portrait Concert (Tokyo, Japan)

 

< Major Concert >

2019. 3  The 150th Anniversary Concert of Japan-Hungary Diplomatic Relations (Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Japan)

2018. 9  Royaumont abbaye & foundation Voix Nouvelles Academy 2018 (Val-d'Oise, France)

2018. 3  Mupa Festival 2018 (Burapha university, Bangkok, Thailand)

2018. 2  Rosetta Ensemble "Undefined Space" (Kyoto Art Center Auditorium, Japan)

2017.11 Přemysl Vojta Horn Trio Japan Tour (Nagoya / Tokyo / Fukushima)

2017.10 Code modern #7 – East Goes West (München, Germany)

2017. 9  Takefu International Music Festival / Invited Composer (Takefu, Fukui, Japan)

2017. 7  Duo YUMENO Recital (Lutheran Ichigaya Center, Tokyo, Japan)

2017. 7  ManiFeste 2017 - Ircam (Pompidou Centre, Paris, France)

2017. 6  Duo YUMENO Recital (Kōshō-ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan)

2017. 4  Tongyeong International Music Festival (Tongyeong, South Korea)

2017. 3  Trio Bandit - Revolutionary of Japan and Paris (Gifu Prefectural Library, Gifu, Japan)

2017. 2  the new song (National Opera Center, New York, US)

2017. 1  Music Here & Now / Brian M. Israel Prize (Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York, US)

2016.10 Hong Kong New Music Ensemble Concert (Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong)

2016. 9  Musitravel Vol. 7 (Tokyo, Japan)

2016. 7  VIPA Festival (Valencia, Spain)

2016. 7  ETCHINGS FESTIVAL 2016 (Auvillar, France)

2016. 7  Sävellyspaja concert (Helsinki, Finland)

2016. 5  Zoë Holbrook Senior Recital (San Francisco Conservatory of Music, California, US)

2016. 2  Khemia Ensemble at Bethlehem United Church (Ann Arbor, Michigan, US)

2015.11 Mihara Chamber Orchestra - The 33rd Regular Concert (Hiroshima, Japan)

2015. 9  Khemia Ensemble Homecoming Concert (Ann Arbor, Michigan, US)

2015. 8  Khemia Ensemble South America Tour (National University of Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia)

2015. 8  Khemia Ensemble South America Tour (Hall of Radio National Córdoba, Argentina)

2015. 8  Khemia Ensemble South America Tour (National University of Córdoba, Argentina)

2015. 5  Khemia Kick-off concert (Ann Arbor, Michigan, US)

2015. 5  Alumnae concert / Collaboration with choreographer (Columbia College, Columbia, South Carolina, US)

2014.12 Duo Recital - Shiniti Ueno and Yusuke Satoh (National Olympics Memorial Youth Center, Tokyo, Japan)

2014.12 Yukino Ichikawa Electone recital vol. 2 (Tokyo, Japan)

2014.12 Yusuke Satoh Debut 10th Anniversary Concert (Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan)

2014.11 Hai-Dao Ensemble New York Debut (Merkin Hall, New York, US)

2014.10 Shenzhen International Micro-Film Festival - United Nations Launching Ceremony (New York, US)

2014.10 Hai-Dao Ensemble Debut (Jordan Hall, Boston, US)

2014.10 Aki Takahashi Piano Recital (Gifu, Japan)

2014. 9  Tokyo to New York Concert Series (New York, US)

2014. 9  A-EN Composers Project 4th concert in Shizuoka (Shizuoka, Japan)

2014. 7  Yukino Ichikawa Electone recital Vol.1 (Tokyo, Japan)

2014. 6  Yusuke Satoh Debut 10th Anniversary concert (Tokyo, Japan)

2014. 3  Rena Akashi Soprano Concert 2014 Spring (Tokyo, Japan)

2014. 3  International Percussion Music Radio Festival (Sala Radio Hall, Bucharest, Romania)

2013.12 A-EN Composer's Project 3rd concert (Tokyo, Japan)

2013.11 Nuova Consonanza  (The Japan Cultural Institute in Rome, Italy)

2013.10 Yusuke Satoh" Piano Recita (Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan)

2013. 4  Guerrilla Composers Guild - Percussion Project (San Francisco, US)

2012.12 A-EN Project" 2nd concert in Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan)

2012.12 New Music Ensemble Concert (Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, San Francisco, US)

2012.11 OTOGUMI 4th concert (Tokyo, Japan)

2012.10 Cue:Spec tour final @Shimokitazawa MOZAiC (Tokyo, Japan)

2012. 5  Joint recital of Go Mochiduki and Kosuke Hashizume (Osaka and Tokyo, Japan)

2011. 9  Avant garde music hall Op.2  (Tokyo, Japan)

2011. 9  Fragments - Concert de musique contemporaine du Japon (Auditorium du Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, Belgium)

2011. 8  OTOGUMI 3rd concert  (Tokyo, Japan)

< As a performer > 

2016. 1  Tama Art University Alumnus & Friends in NJ / "Improvisation" (New Jersey, Japan)

2015. 8  Improvisation Night / Performance of Electronics (Tokyo, Japan)

2015. 7  Nature / Improvisation of Electronics and Piano (New York, US)