M.Mus (U of T)
Naoko Tsujita started playing percussion at the age of nine in Japan, where she studied marimba with Mika Stoltzman, as well as percussion with Takashi Fukuda.
After she moved to Canada, she studied with Mark Adam and Ken Shorley at Acadia University, and Mark Duggan, Beverley Johnston, and Aiyun Huang at the University of Toronto. She has also received lessons and masterclasses from well-known marimbists and percussionists such as Momoko Kamiya, Katarzyna My?ka, Emmanuel Séjourné, Bob Becker, and Russell Hartenberger.
She has won several awards in competitions throughout her career, receiving the gold prize in the Kyusyu Music Competition, as well as placing as a finalist in the South Japan Music Competition. Most recently, in 2017, she won the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, which allowed her to perform with orchestra as a soloist.
In 2018, she has been involved with several premieres of new works, including her own compositions. She premiered two percussion ensemble pieces by Bob Becker and Paulo Brito in Walter Hall, Toronto. In January, she also premiered a new set of six compositions for guitar and marimba at the Alte Schmiede Kunstverein, in Vienna, Austria.
Naoko holds degrees from the Oita Prefectural College of Arts and Culture, and holds a B. Mus degree from Acadia University, as well as an M. Mus from the University of Toronto.
Get to know Naoko…Beyond the Bio!
Musical Influences: Nature, Studio Ghibli music
Favourite food: Gamjatang, Indian curry
Least favourite food: very spicy food
Favourite music: Schederazade
Favourite song: Everything by Misia
Favourite movie: Nodame cantabile
Favourite movie music: Harry Potter soundtrack
Favourite musical theatre/opera: West side story
Best quote from your teacher: you can’t be everything but you can be anything
Favourite book: I do not need effort! “Dream” realization How to make a brain, Hideaki Tomabei
Best thing about teaching at ABC: Happy to share my knowledge and experience with wonderful students
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