Ryoko Aoki

Japan Cultural Envoy FY2015
Ryoko Aoki
Noh Performer
  • Worked in Ireland, France, Germany, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Hungary and Italy
  • Active Period:From June 20 to August 9, 2015 and from September 17 to November 1, 2015
  • Birthplace:Saiki city, Oita
  • Academic background:Tokyo University of Arts, School of Music, Department of Japanese Traditional Music (Japanese Noh theatre “ Kanze school”) / Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Music / SOAS, University of London, Doctor’s Program (completed Ph. D.)

Had a training in the UK and Germany through the rising artists programme supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2014. Currently serving as a temporally lecturer at the Atomi University.
She has played several traditional Noh plays, and has also challenged collaborations with contemporary composers as a Noh singer. She has worked with Peter Eötvös, Toshio Hosokawa amongst others.
She has also invited a number of times to perform overseas: Munich Chamber Orchestra, Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe and Asia-Pacific Weeks Berlin (Germany), Bartok Festival and CAFe BUDAPEST (Hungary), Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (France), The Japan Cultural Institution in Rome and Villa Medici (Italy), BBVA Foundation in Madrid and Bilbao (Spain), California State University and Xenakis Festival (U.S.). Also performed within Japan through invitation from organizations such as Kanagawa Arts Foundation, Kyoto Experiment and Takefu International Music Festival.
She has been holding a series of outsourcing projects with famous composer from world-wide, and released a debut album “Noh×Contemporary Music” (ALCD-98).
In 2013, she made her debut at Teatro Real de Madrid as the role of Malinche in Wolfgang Rihm’s opera “The Conquest of Mexico”, which was organized by Gerard Mortier and highly praised by critics.