Biography

ピアノと個人写真

早稲田大学卒業後、ニューヨークのマンハッタン音楽院修士課程修了。アメリカ・ヨーロッパ各地で演奏活動を行う。

1997年、デビュー作“My Favorite Colors”を発表。以降8枚のリーダー作を発表、このうち5枚は自己のオーケストラによる作品。2004年、自己のカルテットでインド公演。

2005年に、“Points Of Departure”が、第18回ミュージック・ペンクラブ賞を受賞する。同年ジャズでは最も権威のあるセロニアス・モンク・コンペティション作曲部門で、東洋人としてまた女性として初優勝の栄誉に輝き、ワシントンのケネディーセンターにて受賞曲を演奏し日米で話題を呼ぶ。

2008年、米“モンタレージャズフェスティバル”に自己のカルテットで出演、サンフランシスコ・ロサンゼルス公演、フランス・ツアーを行う。2009年再びフランス・ツアーを行い、2014,2015,2016年にはロシア・サンクトペテルブルクで公演。2015年、家康公顕彰400周年を記念して、岡崎市に委嘱を受けた<徳川家康公ジャズ組曲>を中心とした8枚目のアルバム<Play For Peace>を発表。

教育活動にも熱心で、尚美学園大学・昭和音楽大学で後輩の指導にあたる他、“山野ビッグバンドコンテスト”“浅草ジャズコンテスト”等の様々なコンクールの審査員や、全国の小中高生のためのビッグバンドの指導なども行なっている。2013年以降は、米国モンタレー、オーストラリア・パースなど、海外でも学生を指導している。

 

Junko Moriya    pianist, composer, arranger

Junko began studying classical piano when she was five years old. By age 18, she started playing jazz piano at the Waseda University High Society Orchestra, one of the most famous university big bands in Tokyo. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Waseda University, she moved to New York where she studied with Harold Danko and received a Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. During that time, she performed at numerous jazz clubs around the city and in Europe as well.

Since returning to Japan in 1993, Junko has been performing at jazz clubs, concert halls and jazz festivals throughout the country, gaining recognition not only as a pianist, but also as a composer and arranger. Her big band, Junko Moriya Orchestra, regularly performs her original music, which a number of Japanese student big bands have selected to include in their own repertoires. In addition to teaching jazz piano and theory at Shobi Music University and Showa Music University, Junko directs big bands at various junior high and high schools. She is also a judge of many jazz contests, and appears on radio and television programs all across Japan.

She has been named the winner of the 12th Annual BMI/Thelonious Monk Jazz Composers Competition for her work, “Playground.” The $10,000 prize was presented by BMI, and the composition was performed (with herself on piano) at the 2005 International Jazz Competition at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC. Junko is the first woman, first Japanese to receive this prestigious award.

She issued 8 CDs (5 bigbandCDs ,sxtet, octet, piano trio) as a leader, and got “2005 Japan Music Penclub Award” by her Orchestra CD “Points of Departure”. In 2008 she was invited to “the 51st Monterey Jazz Festival” with her quartet. Also she participated in “2012 Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival” as a musical director of the student bigband. In 2004 she did a concert with her quartet in India.In 2008 and 2009 she did tours in France. She performed at St. Petersburg, Russia, and Perth, Australia in 2014 & 2015, and will perform again in Autumn 2016.