Born in Kagawa, Japan. Graduated Tokyo University of the Arts and its graduate school.
Professor at Osaka University of Arts.
Ikuko Kawai was born and raised in Kagawa prefecture in Japan. Kawai graduated Tokyo University of the Arts and completed its graduate school. Currently she is teaching at Osaka University of Arts as professor. Kawai has performed with numerous internationally renowned artists and orchestras, including the conductor, Myung-whun Chung, and the world-famous tenor, José Carreras. Kawai’s versatility has been expanding beyond the classical music. She has collaborated with many pop musicians such as Gypsy Kings,
X-Japan Yoshiki, as well as with the ballet dancers Farukh Ruzimatov, Tetsuya Kumakawa, and the figure skater, Shizuka Arakawa.
As a composer, Kawai has contributed to her music to the TV dramas, commercials and the films. In the figure skate world, her music is popular among the top ranked skaters of the world. US gold medalist, Michelle Kwan, used Kawai’s “Red Violin”, Japan’s No1. male skater, Yuzuru Hanyu, has skated with Kawai’s “White Legend”, and a female skater, Kanako Murakami, has chosen “Violin Muse” for her performance.
Since 2016, Kawai has begun playing her annual solo performance, "The Tale of Genji - a musical narrative".
She has also performed at Nijo Castle presented by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and at an event at the Akasaka Palace presented by Japan Tourism Agency.
Kawai has written the theme song for the Alberto Giacometti Collection Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeghtthat begins on June 14th, 2017.
Her original album was released on 2017 by Sony Music Japan International.
TV TOKYO, Music of 100 Years
Airs every Friday 9:54PM ~ 10:00PM (BS TV TOKYO every saturday 10:54PM ~ 11:00PM)
Nippon Hoso, Ikuko Kawai Heart Strings
Airs every Monday through Friday 8:24AM ~ 8:28AM
Kawai founded “Ikuko Kawai Mother Hand Fund”. Also, she is selected as an artist of friendship for “Japan for UNHCR”. She is appointed to the goodwill ambassador of Japan shrines and temples Association as well.
Instrument: Stradivarius (1715, affiliated with Osaka University of Arts)