TOSHA Suiho

Japan Cultural Envoy FY2020-2021
TOSHA Suiho
Japanese flute player
  • Birthplace:Minato City, Tokyo
  • Birth:February 5, 1979
  • Academic background:Graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts, majoring in the Hogaku Hayashi, Department of Traditional Japanese Music

Tosha Suiho is a Shinobue (Japanese transverse bamboo flute) and Nohkan (noh flute) player. His father, Nakagawa Yoshio, is also a flute player. He has studied under his grandfather, Tosha Shuho (Headmaster: Head branch family of the Tosha School of fue – Japanese bamboo flute), father, Nakagawa Yoshio, and uncle, Tosha Meisho. In 2004, he adopted his uncle’s previous name, “Suiho”.
 He completed the study, majoring in the Hogaku Hayashi (accompaniments to traditional Japanese music), in the Department of Traditional Japanese Music, a Graduate Course at the Tokyo University of the Arts. While in the university, he was awarded the Jokan Award, Doseikai Rookie of the Year Award and Acanthus Music Award.
He has performed in several concerts and TV programs, including the “Nagauta no Kai (Japanese Traditional Music Concert, Nagauta Session)” and “Concert of Up-and-Coming Japanese Music and Dance Performers” hosted by the National Theatre of Japan, NHK’s “Nippon no Geinou (Japanese Traditional Performing Arts).” He held a recital titled “Tosha Suiho’s Fue Concert” at the Kioi Hall in 2017 (as a participating performance of the 2017 Agency for Cultural Affairs National Arts Festival). He has participated in overseas performances in, among others, the United States, Monaco, Italy and the Netherlands. He is a member of the Nagauta Association and participates in the Mashiho and Seito Clubs of the Tosha School.
Apart form his activities in classical performing arts, he has participated in Japanese pop concerts, recordings and others. He debuted from Pony Canyon, Inc. as a collaboration unit of Western music and Japanese musical instrument named “Ryoma Quartet.” He has visited Spain, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei and the United States.

[Main activities] 
2011 Performed in the “Concert of Up-and-Coming Japanese Music and Dance Performers” hosted by the National Theatre of Japan.
2015 Composed for and performed in “Gosho (from Osan and Koharu) choreographed and performed by Azuma Tokuho” in the “Two Chikamatsu Dances” with the National Ballet of Japan, New National Theatre, Tokyo, (as a participating performance of the 2015 Agency for Cultural Affairs National Arts Festival).
2017 Held a recital titled “Tosha Suiho’s Fue Concert” at the Kioi Hall as a participating performance of the 2017 Agency for Cultural Affairs National Arts Festival.
2018 Appeared in NHK’s “Nippon no Geinou (Japanese Traditional Performing Arts)” with the day’s theme of “Colorful World of Japanese Flute”.
He developed plans and held “Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Charity Concerts” fourteen times and donated the proceeds to the Education, Reconstruction and Parenting Fund of Soma City, Fukushima Prefecture.

[Website] https://twitter.com/toshasuiho


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