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Hidekazu Kato

Hidekazu  Kato

Hidekazu Kato studied at the prestigious Tokyo Geidai Music University under the great shakuhachi master Katsuya Yokoyama. On graduation Kato joined the exclusive ensemble Nihon Ongaku Shodan, Japan’s premier traditional instrument group which performs all over the world. Their 1999 American tour with British percussionist Evelyn Glennie, featuring works by contemporary Japanese composers and traditional Japanese music, was a critical and popular success. Since 1998 Hidekazu Kato has been a key member of Bamboo Orchestra, a unique ensemble of 13 traditional instruments founded by Yabuki Makoto. He also works closely with the popular Japanese Enka singer Ayako Fuji.


The International Shakuhachi Society - 2018