Yuri Matsuzaki was born in Japan in 1988. She finished her Bachelor at the Tokyo University of the Arts (Dōgen Kinowaki) and her Master at the Academy of Music and Theatre Leipzig (Irmela Bossler). After lecturing as assistant of Irmela Bossler, she is currently studying towards her advanced performance degree in Leipzig and is also studying with Mario Caroli at the Conservatory of Strasbourg.
Yuri Matsuzaki also studied Shakuhachi (Japanese traditional bamboo flute) and has an avid interest in contemporary music. She gave a lecture on contemporary flute techniques at the Leipzig University and on Carceri d’Invenzione 2b for solo flute by Brian Ferneyhough at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf. She has often performed with the contemporary music ensemble El Perro Andaluz in Dresden and is a founding member of the Ensemble Tempus Konnex. As a chamber musician or soloist, she has participated in various contemporary music festivals like the International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, the Phanos International Music Festival in Cyprus, and the Takefu International Music Festival in Japan. Her sound can be heard on the CD Craquelé (WERGO) by F. M. Olbrisch.
Her competition awards include a first prize at the Japan Classical Music Competition, the Japan Student Music Competition, the Japan Wind and Percussion Competition, and the International Biwako Flute Competition. She also won scholarships from DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and the Japanese Government’s Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2012 an 2013.
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