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.
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.
Graduated Codarts with honors (Cum Laude)
Codarts, Clarinet, Contract study
Codarts Clarinet Master's program
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)
Studied Bass Clarinet with
-Davide Lattuada (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)
-Romke-Jan Wijmenga (Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra)
Studied Clarinet with
-Miho Sato, Nancy Braithwaite
-Julien Hervé (Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra)
-Bruno Bonansea (Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra)
Luís Gomes, Sauro Berti, Luís Afonso, Harry Sparnaay, José Luis Estelles, Charles Neidich, George Caird, Benoît Viratelle and Christopher Redgate.
-NJO (National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands)
-Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
-National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam
-Clarinet and Bass Clarinet at Suma Gakuen High School (Japan / Online)
-Clarinet& Bass clarinet teacher at Soularrow Here're
-Member of AKOM Ensemble