RIAM season: the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho

Waking the Feminists has inspired moves within the musical world to improve the lot for female composers. The Minister for Culture, Josepha Madigan, d(...)

Japanese conductor Masaaki Suzuki

One of the big events in Ireland’s celebration of the Bach bicentenary of 1950 was a performance of the Mass in B minor. It was given in the Metropol(...)

Akira Miyoshi (born 1933) is not just a contemporary of Japan’s best-known composer, Toru Takemitsu (1930-96) but, like Takemitsu, has an aesthetic or(...)