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Mizuki Aita

Percussionist Mizuki Aita was born in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, in 1988. He started learning the violin at a young age, and began playing percussion instruments when he was twelve years old. He studied the basics of percussion with Yasushi Sasaki, Ritsuko Hoshi, Makoto Aruga and Takafumi Fujimoto.
Since winning second prize in the 9th Japan Society for Contemporary Music Competition (Kyogaku IX) he has premiered more than fifty compositions by numerous composers. These premieres, born out of close contact and mutual trust between the composer and performer, and further performances of the same works, have been widely acclaimed. In 2011 Mizuki made his Suntory Hall debut in a concert which he organized himself, entitled Rainbow 21 Suntory Hall Concert “The Sound of Percussion Music - its Creativity and Inheritance”, and in the same year Michiko Takahashi gave him the vibraphone she had used for many years. This deepened Mizuki’s interest in the unique appeal of the instrument, and he gave the first of his annual solo recitals the following year. In 2012 he organized a a concert at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, entitled “The World of Yoshio Hachimura” as a tribute to the composer who died at the young age of forty seven. The concert was a much talked about event. In 2014, his appearance on the NHK-FM program Recital Nova was so successful that his percussion recital a month later was sold out. Mizuki specialized in percussion in the Department of Virtuoso at the Musashino Academia Musicae. He completed post-graduate studies at the same institution, thus completing the virtuoso course. He studied percussion and the marimba with Sumire Yoshihara and Momoko Kamiya.