Shigeru Kan-no was born in
Fukushima, Japan. He now lives as a free-lance composer and conductor in
Westerwald, Germany. His repertoire includes over 100 operas and 700 concert pieces. He is also a talented performer, able to play
violin, cello, percussion and lyre. As a
pianist in the
contemporary repertoire, he has played the music of
Luciano Berio, Sati, Karkoschka, Blume, etc.
He has won dozens of competitions in composition and conducting, and sixteen bursaries. His conducting experience includes various orchestras and chamber groups, choirs, ensembles for new music, Posaunenchöre (
brass band; literally "
choir"), operas and singing concerts, etc. A frequent advisor and teacher to other musicians, he has also served as a jurist for international competitions in composition and singing.
The music of Shigeru Kan-no is restrained, and at the same time, strong and colourful. He composes in every form of classical music and uses many musical techniques: tonal, atonal, chance, noise, pentatonic, hexatonic, serial, micro tone, free-form, electronic, minimal, no repetition, counterpoint,
jazz, concrete, voluntary, etc. He favours long-form works for large
orchestra, and his style shows the influence of
LaMonte Young, etc.
He studied singing, piano and musical theory in
Fukushima with Takeo Endo, Kazutsugu Saito, Chieko Saito and Kunio Suda. In
Tokyo, he studied theory with Hideo Arashino, composition with
Takehito Shimazu and
Akira Nishimura, piano with Yuko Ozaki and Masako Hoshide, and conducting with Kikuo Matsumoto and Kazuhiko Sakamoto. In
Vienna, he studied with
Karl Österreicher and
Leonard Bernstein. In
Stuttgart, he studied
electronic music with
Erhard Karkoschka and
Milko Kelemen. He studied
film music with
Cong Su in Ludwigsburg, and in
Frankfurt he took composition with
Hans Zender and conducting with Hans-Dieter Loesch.
His technique and thinking about contemporary composition has influenced many young German composers:
Charlotte Seither, etc. His compositional output is over 351 pieces.