Minoru MIKI was born in Tokushima, Japan in 1930 and graduated from Tokyo National University of Music a composition major. He founded Pro Musica Nipponia in 1964 and served as Artistic Director for 20 years, leading the contemporary Japanese instrumental world and producing over 160 performances abroad in his efforts to internationalize traditional Japanese instruments. Among his acclaimed works are Paraphrase After Ancient Japanese Music,Convexity, Four Seasons, Hote, Concerto Requiem, Ki-no-Kane, and many others. His four records phonograph album "The Music of Minoru Miki" took the Grand Prize in Japan's 1970 National Arts Festival.|
He composed variable pieces for the 20-string koto, but main solo works are Tennyo, Venus in Spring and Autumn, From the East and 20 Ballades for koto solo including Hanayagi (Greening). His next four records album "Minoru Miki- Keiko Nosaka/Music for 20-string koto" won the Prize of Excellence in 1979 Festival.
He composed Kyu-no-Kyoku (Symphony for Two Worlds), commissioned by the Leipzig Gewandhous Orchestra for its bicentennial celebration and world premiered in 1981 conducted by Kurt Masur (American premiered by the New York Philharmonic in 1994). Thus completed Eurasian Trilogy (Jo-no-Kyoku, Ha-no-Kyoku, Kyu-no-Kyoku) which links Japanese instruments with a symphony orchestra.
In 1993, when Orchestra Asia(ORA) was founded combinding Japanese-Chinese-Korean instruments, he was installed as Artistic Director and composed Folk Symphony “Den-Den-Den” , Loulan as a Dream, Pipa Concerto, and Soul 2000. Its Japanese instrumental section has started activities as ORA-J in 1998 under Miki’s direction.