​Born in Japan / Lives & works in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Ken Kunita (1992) started playing the bass clarinet at the age 13 and the clarinet at the age of 17. At the age of 19, he was accepted to the bachelor’s degree of bass clarinet at the Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts), The Netherlands and graduated with Cum Laude at the age of 23. 

As an orchestra player, he was a member of the NJO (national youth orchestra of the Netherlands) in 2014 and he regularly collaborates with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Mannheimer Philharmoniker, where he performs various concerts including the Gergiev Festival 2018 (Tristan und Isolde, Die Walküre by Wagner and Oratorio über liebe und hass by Sofia Gubaidulina with the Rotterdam Philharmonic under the baton of Valery Gergiev) and the gala concert with Sonya Yoncheva (Mannheimer Philharmoniker under the baton of Boian Videnoff). 

 

As a chamber music player, he is a member of the AKOM ensemble and regularly performs with the Doelen Ensemble. He performed in different venues such as Dutch National Opera & Ballet (Amsterdam), Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Utrecht), Grachtenfestival (Amsterdam), Chambe R music festival (Rotterdam), The Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and De Doelen (Rotterdam).

He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree of clarinet at Rotterdam Conservatory with Julien Hervé, Bruno Bonansea, both the principal clarinet of The Rotterdam Philharmonic and Davide Lattuada, the solo bass clarinet of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

 
 
Education

2011 - 2012 

Oita Prefectural College of Arts and Culture (Japan) 

Clarinet, Associate degree's program.

2012 - 2016 

Codarts, University of the Arts (Netherlands)

Bass clarinet, Bachelor’s program.

 

2016

Graduated Codarts with honors (Cum Laude)

2016-2017

Codarts, Clarinet, Contract study

2017-

Codarts Clarinet Master's program

 
Grants & Awards

 

2010

-Finalist of the national convention of the Japan Junior Wind and  Percussion Competition

-Finalist of the KOBE International Music Contest

2013

-International Talent Grant (Codarts)

2016

-Cum Laude (Codarts)

Studied Bass Clarinet with

-Henri Bok

-Fie Schouten,

-Davide Lattuada (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)

-Romke-Jan Wijmenga (Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra)

Studied Clarinet with
-Kazuo Fuji,

-Miho Sato, Nancy Braithwaite 

-Julien Hervé (Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra)

-​Bruno Bonansea (Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra)

Masterclasses with

Luís Gomes, Sauro Berti, Luís Afonso, Harry Sparnaay, José Luis Estelles, Charles Neidich, George Caird, Benoît Viratelle and Christopher Redgate. 

 

Experience

-NJO (National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands) 

-Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

-Mannheimer Philharmoniker

-National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam

​-Gaudeamus Muziekweek

-Doelen Ensemble 

-Clarinet and Bass Clarinet at Suma Gakuen High School (Japan / Online)

-Clarinet& Bass clarinet teacher at Soularrow Here're

-Member of AKOM Ensemble 

 
 
 
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Ken Kunita works as a sales manager of a music publication company, Muse Press. They focus on unpublished works and forthcoming composers' works.
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