Junko Moriya 守屋純子
(Jazz Pianist, Composer, Arranger)
Junko began studying classical piano at the age of 5. After receiving her Bachelor's degree from Waseda University, she moved to New York and received 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. 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.
She has been named the winner of the 12th Annual BMI/Thelonious Monk Jazz Composers Competition. Junko is the first woman, first Japanese to receive this prestigious award.
She issued 9 CDs (6 bigband CDs ,sextet, octet, piano trio) as a leader. The articles about her latest CD <Art In Motion> were widely quoted in major newspapers and magazines in Japan.
In 2008 she was invited to “the 51st Monterey Jazz Festival”. Also she participated in “2012 Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival” as a musical director of the student bigband. In 2004 she did a concert in India. In 2008 and 2009 she did tours in France. She directed big bands at Perth, Australia in 2014-2016, and did concerts annually at St.Petersburg & Vladivostok, Russia, between 2014-2018.