Japanese composer born 2 February 1972 in Niigata, Japan.
Noriko Baba was born in Japan in 1972 and holds a masters in composition from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and studied composition, orchestration, acoustics, analysis, and ethnomusicology at the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP), where she graduated with highest honors in composition and orchestration.
She participated in Cursus (the IRCAM’s composition and computer music course) and in Voix Nouvelles at the Fondation Royaumont. She has received many grants and fellowships, including from the Akiyoshidaï International Art Village, the Sacem, the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, and the Casa de Velazquez in Madrid. She won second prize in the NHK-Maïnichi Composition Competition, the Georges Wildenstein Prize of the Académie des Beaux-Arts of the Institut de France, the Gret International Composition Prize of the Takefu Festival. Her piece Pororoca, written for the Ensemble Intercontemporain, was filmed by Michel Follin and broadcast on ARTE.
Her works have been performed by artists and ensembles including 2e2m, Court-Circuit, Ascolta, l’Instant Donné, l’Orchestre Pasdeloup, l’Ensemble intercontemporain, Florian Hoelscher, Yusuke Kikuchi, Gavriel Lipkind, and Francesco Filidei.
After meeting Ryoko Aoki, one of the few actresses of Noh theatre, the composer began to reflect on this traditional art form, from which the pieces Oiseau à deux têtes (2012), AOI - Nôpéra (2015) and Hagoromo Suite (2017) emerged. She also has a passion for early music: she composed the pocket opera Occhi, un tempo mia vita (2018), inspired by the first madrigal book of the Roman composer Michelangelo Rossi (1601-1665) and a Doppio trio (2016).
In 2020-2021, she is a resident at the Villa Medici. In 2020, she is the patron of the Ensemble(s) festival where Shiosai - Tumulte des flots (2012) is performed and Au clair d’un croissant (2020) is premiered.
© Ircam-Centre Pompidou, 2008
Site de compositrice, France Musique
- Solo (excluding voice)
- Étude pour bisbigliando for solo alto saxophone (2000), 3 mn, Lemoine
- elec ircam Ircam cursus Oü for solo clarinet and electronics (2004), 10 mn [program note]
- Box and cox for organ and 2 assistants (2006), 5 mn, Inédit
- Harmonieux forgeron for solo piano (2006), 3 mn, Inédit
- Kalavinka for organ and 2 assistants (2007), 5 mn, BabelScores
- Sol-itude for solo cello (2007), 3 mn, BabelScores
- Ultrabaroque for viola da gamba solo (2008), 3 mn, Inédit
- Pas plus gros que le poing for organ (2010)
- Vom Himmel hoch da komm' ich her und Vier Zwischenspiele for organ (2012), 9 mn 30 s
- Five workouts for organist for organ (2017), 10 mn
- Chamber music
- Radiations visibles for quintet (1999), 11 mn, Inédit [program note]
- En haut et en bas for string quartet and harp (2001), 9 mn, Inédit
- Pseudoscope II for 6 instrumentalists (2006), 6 mn, Inédit
- Bonbori for flute, clarinet, guitar, viola and cello (2008), 10 mn, Jobert
- Moya for flute, clarinet, guitar, viola and cello (2008), 6 mn
- Halo for string quartet (2009-2010)
- elec Nest for violin, percussion, piano and video (2010), 3 mn
- Tamayura for guitar and cello (2010), 3 mn
- Non-canonic Variations for flute, clarinet, viola and cello (2011), 7 mn, Jobert
- Shiosai for trio with piano (2012), 8 mn 30 s, Jobert
- 9600 for string quartet (2014), 9 mn
- Doppio Trio for recorder, viola da gamba, harpsichord, flute, cello and piano (2016), 8 mn, BabelScores
- Sonatine for viola and piano (2016), 10 mn
- Menuet (projet pour enfants) for flute and clarinet (2018), 2 mn, Lemoine
- Occhi, un tempo mia vita for two cellos and clarinet (2018), 9 mn
- elec Nié for string quartet, piano and electronics (2019), 5 mn 30 s about , BabelScores
- Instrumental ensemble music
- Concert music
- Vocal music and instrument(s)
- Triplum pendulum for flute, percussion and voice (2004-2005), 10 mn, Inédit
- Oiseau à deux têtes for noh voice and two musicians (2012), 9 mn, BabelScores
- stage AOI -Nôpéra- for noh voice, two percussions, flute, clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola and cello (2015), 60 mn, BabelScores
- stage AOI -Nôpéra- version extraite for noh voice, flute and percussion (2015), 20 mn
- Hagoromo Suite for string quartet and Noh voice (2017), 10 mn, BabelScores
- Comptines for soprano, clarinet and piano (2018), 10 mn, BabelScores
- Au pavillon de (Monsieur) Porcelaine for soprano, violin, cello and piano (2019), 5 mn
- A cappella vocal music
- GÔSHU for five voices (2013), 9 mn
- Au clair d'un croissant for large ensemble, Jobert
- 9600 for string quartet, 9 mn
- GÔSHU for five voices, 9 mn
- Oiseau à deux têtes for noh voice and two musicians, 9 mn, BabelScores
- Shiosai for trio with piano, 8 mn 30 s, Jobert
- Vom Himmel hoch da komm' ich her und Vier Zwischenspiele for organ, 9 mn 30 s
- Non-canonic Variations for flute, clarinet, viola and cello, 7 mn, Jobert
- Second souffle for 30 instruments, 11 mn, BabelScores
- Étude pour bisbigliando for solo alto saxophone, 3 mn, Lemoine
- Site de la compositrice : www.noriko.baba.online.fr
- Éditions Henry Lemoine : www.henry-lemoine.com
- BabelScores : www.babelscores.com
- SoundCloud : www.soundcloud.com
- Noriko Baba dans Le Portrait contemporain de Arnaud Merlin sur France Musique, 28 novembre 2018.
(liens vérifiés en septembre 2021).