HONJOH Hidejiro

Japan Cultural Envoy FY2017
HONJOH Hidejiro
Shamisen player
  • Countries visited: Turkey, the United States, Italy, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Czech Republic and Russia
  • Period of the activities:From March 12 to June 29, 2018 and September 2 to October 17, 2018
  • Birthplace:Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture
  • Birth:November 27, 1984
  • Academic background:Graduated from Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music and completed the music course as a research scholar. Completed the course of the Institute of Japanese Traditional Music

He started to learn the piano in childhood and the shamisen at age 15. He studied under Hidetaro Honjo, the head of Honjo School, and was approved to use the name Hidejiro Honjo. He studied Tsugaru shamisen under Yusho Hasegawa and shamisen under the late Katsuyoshika Kineya. He studied abroad in New York under the ACC Nakamura Kimpei Fellow. Besides the voluntary recitals , he has performed in Japan, U.S., Europe and Asia. His performance was highly praised by Yukio Ninagawa, a theater director “his performance is delicate, yet powerful and passionate sometimes, and it makes audience impressed deeply.”
He has appeared on many TV programs, including “Nippon no geino (Japanese Arts)” (NHK E-tele) and “Daimei no nai ongakukai (Untitled Concert)” (TV Asahi). His active performance was mentioned in the Britannica International Yearbook 2015. His performances are following, sessions with composers Ryuichi Sakamoto and Dai Fujikura, playing as a soloist with conductor Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra , Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, and JASDF Central Band, joint appearances with Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble NOMAD, Quartet Excelsior members, Kari Kriikku, Claire Chase, Norio Sato, Souju Nosaka, and Mayumi Miyata. He often attempts to fuse shamisen and other genres of art such as with dancer Motoko Hirayama and designer Leeroy New. He is currently serving as a part-time lecturer at Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music.

2005 Received first prize at the 2nd Tokyo Hogaku Competition
2009 Held the first recital (four times so far)
2010 Made a concerto debut at the “Evening of Concerto” organized by the Japan Society for Contemporary Music
2013 Received favorable review for his performance produced by Toshi Ichiyanagi and organized by Tokyo Wonder Site
2014 Received third prize at the 11th competition for interpretation of contemporary music “kyou-gaku XI”
2015 Received the Best Performance/Minister of Education Award at the 21st Japanese HOUGAKU Music Contest in Kumamoto commemorating Kengyo Nagatani.
Selected as the first shamisen player for performance at the “B to C Series” organized by Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation.
Received the 25th Idemitsu Music Award
Received the New Artist Award of the 70th the Agency for Cultural Affairs (ACA) National Arts Festival
Received the 12th Utsunomiya Espère Award and Utsunomiya Citizen’s Award in his hometown and was designated as Tochigi Future Ambassador.
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