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Keiichi Kurosawa

Jason James: “Keiichi Kurosawa 黒澤敬一, Trinity, Japan’s Western early music pioneer” 18 July 2024 (zoom)

Jason James, Director General of the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation will talk about Trinity alumnus Keiichi Kurosawa (黒澤敬一), early Western music pioneer

Video event (zoom, link will be sent to all registered in advance)

  • 17:00 Tokyo time, Thursday 18 July 2024 start
    • 9:00am UK time, Thursday 18 July 2024
  • 17:15 – 18:00 (Tokyo time) James Jason: “Keiichi Kurosawa (黒澤敬一, Trinity), Japan’s early Western music pioneer” (zoom)
    • 9:15am – 10:00am (UK time)
  • 18:00 – (Tokyo time) discussions
    • 10:00am – (UK time)

Prior registration required until Wednesday 17 July 2024. For registration you can use the form below.

Keiichi Kurosawa (黒澤敬一, Trinity 1925)

Eldest son of a wealthy Japanese industrialist, Keiichi Kurosawa (黒澤敬一) (Trinity 1925) took his Bachelor’s degree in Moral Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge, in the late 1920s. He was deeply involved in the music scene  at Trinity during his time there, and through something of an accident came to discover the joys of madrigal singing. On his return to Japan he founded a madrigal group (Tokyo Madrigal Singers, 東京マドリガル会) and a string orchestra, and he and his circle played a key role in introducing Western ‘early music’ to Japan. 

Keiichi Kurosawa matriculated at Trinity in October 1925, and graduated with a BA degree in June 1928.

東京マドリガル会(黒澤敬一主宰)1950年録音SPレコード The Tokyo Madrigal Singers 1950 Directed by Keiichi(Kei)Kurosawa

Speaker: Jason James

Jason James OBE is Director General of the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. 

Having been fascinated by Japan on a choir tour at the age of 13, he chose to read Japanese Studies at King’s College, Cambridge, where he was a double scholar (academic and choral), graduating with a “starred first” (only the third time this accolade had ever been awarded by Cambridge’s Japanese Department) in 1987. Subsequently he worked in the financial industry, mostly specialising in Japanese equities, becoming Head of Research in the Tokyo office of HSBC Securities, and eventually Head of Global Equity Strategy at HSBC in London. From 2007-2011 Jason was Director of the British Council in Japan, during which time he also served as Chair of the European Union National Institutes of Culture Japan cluster, a Board Member of the Japan-British Society, and a Board Member of United World Colleges Japan. In London, in addition to his day job he was a Trustee of the Japan Society for six years, and a member of the Japan Season of Culture Action Committee. Jason is currently a member of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group and a Governor of King’s College School, Cambridge.

Jason’s interest in Japan is broad, covering the economy, financial markets and tax, as well as Japanese literature, art and history, and the relationship between the UK and Japan. Publications range from ‘The Political Economy of Japanese Financial Markets’ (co-author, Macmillan 1999), to ‘Edmund Blunden and Japan’ (Asiatic Society, 2010). Jason received an OBE for services to UK/Japan relations in The King’s Birthday Honours 2023.

Jason James OBE is Director General of the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation.
Jason James OBE is Director General of the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation.

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