A Japanese clarinet player based in the Netherlands with a particularly strong passion for bass clarinet. He has multiple faces such as a performer, educator and entrepreneur.
Ken Kunita (1992) started his musical career at the age of 13, not on clarinet, but on bass clarinet. At the age of 17 he also started his career as a clarinetist. He studied bass clarinet with Henri Bok, Romke-Jan Wijmenga , Fie Schouten and Davide Lattuada, and clarinet with Nancy Braithwaite, Julien Hervé and Bruno Bonansea at Codarts University of the Arts, Rotterdam, where he graduated from a bachelor's degree program in bass clarinet (Cum Laude / 2016) and a master's degree in clarinet (2020).
As an orchestra musician he was a member of the Dutch National Youth Orchestra in 2014, and performed with the Mannheimer Philharmoniker and the Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest where he played various concerts including the Gergiev Festival in 2018.
He is also active as a chamber musician. Together with accordionist Helena Sousa Estévez, he forms the Khaer Duo and is a regular guest of the Doelenensemble. He has performed in various concert stages and festivals such as the Dutch National Opera and Ballet, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, the Grachtenfestival, Chambe R music festival, the Royal Concertgebouw and the Doelen.
In June 2020, he was selected as an exclusive artist of the Batavierhuis in Rotterdam and has been conducting projects with various artists. He obtained music lesson qualification in the Netherlands in 2017 and teaches at RISS, international school in Rotterdam.
In addition, he is the European sales manager at Japanese music publisher Muse Press, LLC, working remotely with two close colleagues. Although it is a recently established company, they have worked in collaboration with Naxos Japan and with renowned musicians such as Marc-André Hamelin.
Throughout all these activities, he is constantly looking for new possibilities as a musician in the today's classical music industry.
Especially passionate about the works for the bass clarinet and the piano
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 (Cum Laude)
Codarts, Clarinet, Contract study
Codarts Clarinet Master's program
NJO (National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands)
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam
Musician&Artsist at the Batavierhuis
European Sales Manager at Muse Press LLC
Clarinet& Bass clarinet teacher at Soularrow Here're
Clarinet teacher at RISS
Davide Lattuada (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)
Romke-Jan Wijmenga (Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra)
Julien Hervé (Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra)
Bruno Bonansea (Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra)
Grants & Awards
Finalist of the national convention of the Japan Junior Wind and Percussion Competition
Finalist of the KOBE International Music Contest
International Talent Grant (Codarts)
Cum Laude (Codarts)