Atzi Muramatsu is a Japanese composer and cellist living in Edinburgh. He studied contemporary composition with Professor Nigel Osborne at the University of Edinburgh, and attained MMus Composition in 2012. His works encompass music for concerts, contemporary dance, poetry, painting, and films. His music features in three BAFTA winning films, one of which won BAFTA Scotland Best Composer New Talent Award in 2016. He is a member of Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra and leads contemporary string quartet Lipsync for a Lullaby.
His field of work extends to sound design, audio recording/post-production and community music with acute knowledge of the industry having worked as Events Manager at Tentracks Music Subscription Ltd., supporting widening access initiatives as Transitions 20/40 Administrator at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and coordinating innovative education programmes as SCO Connect Officer at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
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Audio showreel 2014
“I hope others get to see such a thing of beauty again”
- Huffington Post review on “WHOLLY:Land” (2015), dance piece by Steinvor Palsson featuring original composition “The Place of Gargoyles”. Read a full article here.
“As a Director there is a lot to deal with, and I personally like to go to people who can bring something personal to a project. Working with Atzi was fantastic. His acute knowledge of musical composition, coupled with bold experimentation produced a mesmerising soundtrack for my film. As a Director, I felt completely confident in Atzi’s ability & his choices. I can without doubt say that Atzi’s contribution to film ‘The Making of Longbird’ was unsurpassable, and would strongly recommend his services.”
-Will Anderson, Director, ‘The making of Longbird’ Winner Best Short Animation, BAFTA 2013.
“We’ve worked with Atzi twice now and both times we have relied on him heavily to create a very strong and powerful atmosphere with his music, asking him on both occasions to play completely raw and unaccompanied. The first show he played live for us was a runway show in tribute to the recently passed Alexander McQueen. The show was sombre, emotional and poignant and Atzi’s original composition gave such a spine tingling relevance to the show, transforming it into something beyond an ordinary fashion show and into something memorable. Most recently we collaborated with Atzi asking him to play to a show for Pringle of Scotland showcasing a collection with Grace Kelly as muse. His selection of music and classy, heartfelt performance added immeasurably to the elegance of the event. We’re looking forward to many future collaborations with Atzi.”
-Anna Freemantle, Director, Edinburgh International Fashion Festival
‘I first saw Atzi play over 10 years ago, when he made the whole sea come into the room by conjuring it with nothing more than his cello and a loop pedal. I’ve seen him make this magic with his cello, guitar, voice, band, and always there is the powerful combination of freedom and imagination, creativity and originality. Atzi is an artist and a visionary, and I’m proud to call him my friend and to have the opportunity to collaborate with him.
-Jennifer Williams, Poet