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About Akiko Yanagisawa

Akiko Yanagisawa studied aesthetics and philosophy at Gakushuin University, Tokyo, and obtained an MA in Arts Management at City, University of London where she studied orchestra management, arts policy and cross-cultural music management. She founded mu:arts, a creative producer of music and arts, which has brought established and emerging musicians and artists to festivals and venues in over 30 countries. She is enthusiastic about creating cross-cultural and interdisciplinary arts collaborations and has produced successful projects including “Noh Reimagined” festivals which explores innovative and interdisciplinary collaborations with the 650 year-old music theatre tradition from Japan.

She is also enthusiastic about change in the society and the founder of the Azuki Foundation, a registered charity that offers unique events  influenced by Japanese culture to promote wellbeing in local communities. Akiko is on  Innovation Award Nominating Committee of Classical NEXT since 2015 and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).