ABOUT NOBUKO MIYAZAKI

Nobuko Miyazaki is a flutist/shinobue/nay player and composer. A passionate and emotive performer, she draws influences from around the world, embracing traditions and transcending them into her own expression.


Nobuko has performed throughout the U.S., Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, including at BBC Proms in the Park, Glastonbury Festival, and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival. Her composition “Inorikaze” (Prayer Wind) for Shinobue and Orchestra, written after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, was premiered by Manhattan Symphonie (2013) and was performed at Carnegie Hall (2015). In 2018, the Lebanese Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra performed her work “Imaginary Dance” (for flute, oud, and orchestra).


Currently, Nobuko works with guitarist Joe Aouad on Project Tanween, as well as her own Japan-inspired project in which she presents traditional music and original pieces in interlaced with stories and poetry. She is also currently developing a performance/workshop series for children, encouraging their social and emotional learning.


She is also passionate about children’s education and has worked at organizations that empower youth, including Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center and GlobalArts To Go in New York. While in Lebanon, she taught refugees and underprivileged children and performed concerts for their causes.


Originally from Chigasaki, Japan, Nobuko studied flute at Indiana University and ethnomusicology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, UK. Her teachers include Thomas Robertello, Kathryn Lukas, Kaoru Watanabe (shinobue), and Bassam Saba (nay).

 
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PROJECTS

 
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PERFORMER & COMPOSER

Nobuko's composition “Inorikaze” (Prayer Wind) for Shinobue and Orchestra, written after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, was premiered by Manhattan Symphonie (2013) and was performed at Carnegie Hall (2015). In 2018, the Lebanese Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra performed her work “Imaginary Dance” (for flute, oud, and orchestra).

PROJECT TANWEEN

A project with Lebanese guitarist Jo Aouad, Project Tanween performs original works and Arabic music, incorporating influences from the Middle East, Japan, Bach, and jazz.

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EDUCATOR

Nobuko is passionate about children’s education and has worked at organizations that empower youth, including Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center and GlobalArts To Go in New York. While in Lebanon, she taught refugees and underprivileged children and performed concerts for their causes. Currently she is a music teacher for preschoolers in a inquiry-based education setting in Tokyo.

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