Brass Extreme Tokyo
contemporary brass music


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  Senzoku 8.12.2013
  Seoul 1.11.2011
  Tokyo 24.10.2011
  Tokyo 25.11.2008
  Seoul 26.10.2006
  Kanagawa 23.10.2006
  Hong Kong 09.10.2005
  Tokyo 03.10.2005
  Tokyo 09.07.2004
  Seoul 31.10.2003


Kiyonori Sokabe - trumpet
Born in Ehime Pref. in 1952, Kiyonori Sokabe is a graduate of the Instrumental Music Department of the Tokyo National University of Fine Art and Music. He studied trumpet under Fujio Nakayama and Genzo Kitamura.
Highly acclaimed in Japan as a specialist in the performance of contemporary music. Sokabe was also a central member of the world-renowned composer Jo Kondo's Musica Practica Ensemble and during the ten year before its dissolution, gave many premiere performances of new compositions both domestically and overseas.
After graduation, Sokabe joined in the founding of the "Ueno no Mori" Brass ensemble and has continued to serve as its concert master for thirty years. In this group he has made four overseas tours, released four CD's and has continued concert performances within Japan at a rate of more than 30 a year. In recent year Sokabe has also performed actively as a soloist. He had solo recital and workshops in Hamburg Rotterdam and Darmstadt in 2000. And in 2001 he had solo recital in Paris Berlin London Koeln Brusells Gent Cairo Rome etc.
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Jin Ueda - trumpet
Studied and graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Art and Music.
1st. prize in the 69th.Japan Music Competition. Performed as solist many trumpet-concertos with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Central-Aichi Symphony Orchestra and Bartok Chamber Orchestra.
Principal trumpeter of Siena Wind Orchestra. Leader of the brass quintet "BuzzFive".
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Tomonori Sato - trumpet
Tomonori Sato was born in 1977 in Kanagawa, Japan. His first trumpet lessons were taken with Haruhisa Okada. 1996-2000 he studied at “Tokyo National University of Fine arts and Music” with Prof.Mineo Sugiki, Prof.Pierre Thibaud and Yoshiaki Fukuda. He passed his final exams there with a distinction. 2003-2006 he studied in Germany at “Hamburg University of Music and Theatre” with Prof.Matthias Hoefs. In 1994, 1995 and 1998 he joined in the Asian Youth Orchestra where he had lessons by Prof.Edmund Cord(Indiana University). In 2000 he joined to the Pacific Music Festival as an orchestra academy member. In 1999 he won first prize at “The All Japan Wind and Percussion Competition”. He was awarded second prize at “The All Japan Music Competition” in 2000 and 2003. In 2002 he was a Finalinst at “Lieksa International Trumpet Competition” in Finland. He was awarded second prize at “Elise Meyer Competition” in Hamburg in 2004, and second prize at “Music Competition of All Music University in Germany”, third prize at “Philip Jones International Trumpet Competition” in France in 2005. Since1997 he became the member of SIENA Wind Orchestra in Tokyo. In 2001-2003 he worked in Tokyo National University of Fine arts and Music as an orchestra player. Since2006 Tomonori Sato is a Principal Trumpet Player of Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. He is also teaching at “Tokyo National University of Fine arts and Music” and “Senzoku Gakuen Music College”
Atsushi Doyama - horn
Studied and graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Art and Music, then the Maastricht Music University in Holland. 2nd. prize in Concerto-Competition of Aspen music festival.
Lecturer of the Tokyo National University of Fine Art and Music.
Shinji Kobuna - horn
Graduated from Tokyo University of Agriculture. Studied at Trossingen National Music College and graduated from Stuttgart National Music College. Participated in concert tours throughout Europe and Contemporary Music Fairs in Wien as A member of Stuttgart Youth Orchestra Student Contract member of Hof symphony Orchestra, hornist at Stuttgart National Theater, Heidelberg Chamber Orchestra, Zwingenberg Festival Orchestra and Ludwigsburg Festival Orchestra. Assistant to a Professor W.Gaag at Stuttgart National Music College, taught at Fellbach Music Institution.
Currently, a solo hornist at Tokyo New Philharmonic Orchestra. Performs in Chamber Music and well as in studio. Participates in various Music Festival, International symposium and Concerts as a member of Art Respirant.
Kousei Murata - trombone
Studied and graduated from the Toho Music University, then the Berlin University of Arts as a recipient of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholar. This association led re-invitation to study at the Muenchen University of Arts in July 2000 and also a participation of the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music.
As a specialist in Contemporary Music, a series of inaugural concerts titled “Revelations of Trombone” promotes premiers of newly written compositions including his own in various performing styles. As part of recitals, he has given first performances in Japan of works by such composers as I.Xenakis, V.Globokar, J.Cage and M.Kagel.
His commentary on avant-garde performance technique on internet web site contributes greatly to an introduction to further compositional development and technical possibilities in trombone repertoire. Recent enthusiasm for improvisation has brought him to jam sessions collaborating with jazz musicians at clubs, and a collaborative performance with recitations of poems extends further potentialities in music.
A member of the Contemporary Music Ensemble Tokyo (COmeT), Chamber Orchestra Atr Respirant, and the Tokyo Trumpet Chor. He is also a Permanent Director of the Japanese Association of Trombone.
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Shinya Hashimoto - tuba
Shinya Hashimoto was born in 1971 in Japan. He studied tuba with Fernand Lelong, Gerard Buquet, also he studied serpent with Michel Godard at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris. He plays in several orchestras, and in chamber music ensembles specializing in contemporary music (Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Ictus, etc.). In 2002, he received 2nd prize in interpreters competition of contemporary music in Tokyo, 1st prize in "Avant-scenes" (Societe Generale mecenat) in Paris, and special prize in International Gaudeamus interpreters competition in 2003 in Rotterdam. Shinya Hashimoto obtains a scholarship of the Meyer Foundation in 2002.
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Mitsuhiro Ozaki - tuba
Mitsuhiro Ozaki obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Musashino College of Music, where he studied with Katsuhiko Jim Kaijima, Masaaki Ushio, and Hideo Sano. He has also attended master classes by Arnold Jacobs (former member of The Chicago Symphony), Vaclav Hosa (former member of The Czech Philharmonic), and Chester Schmitz (member of The Boston Symphony Orchestra)
Soon after he started Tuba, he was involved in contemporary music. His performances include works by William Kraft and pieces for Tuba ensemble by Vaclav Nelhybel and Gunther Schller.
Ozaki was a member of The Tokyo New Philharmonic Orchestra (1992-2002) and has been playing in The Tokyo Universal Philharmonic (1991-) and Tokyo Brilliant Brass, as well as freelancing. As an active chamber musician and soloist, he is currently a member of the ARS Brass Quintet, TOOT FIVE BRASS, Brass Tru-bone, Ensemble Brillante, Ensemble Moin Moin, Tuba Tokyo and the Contemporary Music Ensemble Tokyo ComeT as well as appearing in Art Respirant.
The ARS Brass Quintet won the second prize in The Japan International League of Artists Competition in 1992. Since then the group has performed at The Contemporary Chamber Music Festival in the former Czech-Slovakia (1993), The Northern Europe Contemporary Music Festival (2000), and The Eastern And Central Europe Contemporary Music Festival (2001). In 1996, The ARS Brass Quintet released a CD, which was recorded in Czech Republic. It includes the world premier performance of “Play No.6” by Kenya Masakado at The Japan Contemporary Music Festival in 1994.
As a pedagogue, he has taught at Kunitachi Music Academy (1994-2005) and has been a part-time teacher at Seitoku High School since 1998.
Isao Watanabe - tuba
was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1960.After graduating from elementary school, he set his sights on musical quests.
1976 - Entered The Music High School Attached to The Faculty of Music,
Tokyo University of the Arts.
1980 - Attended the Faculty of Music of Tokyo University of the Arts.
1986 - Received the highest prize awarded that year in the tuba division at the Third Japan Wind and Percussion Competition.
1989 - Became a member of the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra.
1993 - Became a member of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, which continues to the present date.
2000 - Received high praise as a soloist in the Concerto for bass tuba and orchestra (by Ralph Vaughan Williams) at the regular concert of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.
He is in charge of the instruction of young players at Senzoku Gakuen
College of Music, Seitoku University Faculty of Music and Toho Gakuen School of Music.
He is also a member of the Custom Brass Quintet and Tokyo Sinfonietta, and holds a position as a board member of the Japan Euphonium Tuba Association.
Jun Sugiyama - tuba
Department graduation of the Tokyo University of Fine Artsand Music department of music, wind instruments ,TUBA speciality. And the graduate school course completion. From under university enrollment in school,performance activities as a memberof the Tokyo Shymphonic Band and the Ueno no Mori Brass. Now,comprehensive producing activities,such as a music supervisor of "The Free Participation Concert"(The Jiyuu Ensoukai),besides performance activities. Moreover,the Shizuoka University department of education and the Tokoha Gakuen Junior College music department lecturer.

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