Japan Cultural Envoy FY2019
Shakuhachi Player
  • Worked in China, Italy, Brazil, France, Germany, Portugal
  • Active Period:From May 30 to July 28, 2019
  • Birthplace:Fukushima Prefecture
  • Birth:August 8, 1983

Academic Background: Graduated from Master’s Degree in Music, Tokyo University of the Art

Reison Kuroda began piano lessons in his childhood. However, on hearing the musical composition “November Steps” composed by Toru Takemitsu, he switched to the shakuhachi bamboo flute at the age of 20. He studied under Reibo Aoki II, a shakuhachi player designated as a living national treasure, and Reibo Aoki III.
He passed the NHK Japanese music audition and appeared on the NHK FM radio program “Hougaku no Hitotoki” as a solo performer. He won the highest award at the 2nd Hidenori Tone Traditional Japanese Instruments Contest. He was featured in the NHK Educational TV program, “Nippon no Geinoh.” In 2018, he won the highest award at the World Shakuhachi Competition in London.

He is a member of Ensemble Muromachi (recipient of the 13th Keizo Saji Prize). He also formed the musical ensemble “Hougaku Quartet” and appeared on NHK FM radio program “Hougaku no Hitotoki.” The Hougaku Quartet’s first CD, “Teruyuki Noda Works for Japanese Instruments,” was designated as a specially selected recording in the December 2016 issue of the Record Art magazine and as a recommended recording in the January 2017 issue of the Ongaku Gendai magazine. As a member of the Ensemble Muromachi and the Hougaku Quartet, he has premiered a large number of works to date.

He has also participated in several recordings, such as CAPCOM’s CD, “Ogami Gojuno Oncho,” and offered sound sources to TV and radio programs as well.

In 2014, he performed as a soloist in Park Bum-Hoon’s Shakuhachi Concerto “Ryu” in the Kudara (Baekje) Festival in Korea; his performance, including his original composition of cadenza, won accolades, and he gave a performance again in Gongju the same year. In 2015, he performed the world premiere of the shakuhachi concerto titled “Roaming liquid for shakuhachi and orchestra” in Tokyo and Kobe. In 2016, he was invited to the Ars Musica modern music festival in Belgium as a solo performer to perform Toru Takemitsu’s “November Steps” and world premieres of the latest shakuhachi concertos, including one by Claude Ledoux, within his solo concert, which won a rave review. In his attempt to explore new musical experiences through shakuhachi and orchestras in many parts of the world, he performed the first Rafael Nassif’s concerto in Tokyo and Denis Levaillant’s concerto in France in 2019.

As his original project, he also organizes a concert every year, where he performs works commissioned to composers of the same generation, and gives solo performances in various parts of the nation in a bid to pursue “the current shakuhachi and its infinite potential.”

A member of Reibo Kai, Japan Sankyoku Kyokai, Adachi Ward Sankyoku Kyokai and Bunkyo Ward Sankyoku Kyokai

[Website] https://www.reisonkuroda.com/

photo by Ayane Shindo