Miyake Haruna was born in 1942 in Tokyo, where she studied music and debuted as a pianist at the age of 14. She continued her studies at The Juilliard School of Music in New York with Vincent Persichetti. Among her many compositions are a Piano Concerto and Why Not, My Baby? for soprano, piano and trumpet. A frequent collaborator with the pianist-composer Yuji Takahashi, Miyake combines Japanese and Western idioms and often uses traditional Japanese instruments in her scores.
– Paul Conway