Thursday, July 14, 2011

Hiroshi Ikematsu

Brazilian-born Japanese Hiroshi has gained his fame through a variety of music activities. He is uniquely talented and regarded as one of the leading contrabassists in Japan.

Hiroshi started to play the contrabass at the age of 19, learning from Shunsaku Tsutsumi. During his university years at the Toho Gakuen College, he regularly attended workshops and festivals by Gary Karr, the world’s leading solo bassist and teacher based in Canada. In 1989 Hiroshi joined the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, and he became Principal Contrabassist there in 1994.

Hiroshi has established a strong name as a solo contrabassist in Japan. He has played with numerous distinguished musicians, and successfully released three solo CDs nationwide. He has also led a string ensemble, Vega, as well as founding a contrabass ensemble, and was the core member of a group called Pleiade Quintet, well known for its performance of contemporary music. He has taught at Kunitachi College of Music as well as the Toho Gakuen College in Tokyo.

Hiroshi immigrated to New Zealand with his family, officially joining the NZSO as the Principal Contrabassist in April 2006. New Zealand is the perfect place for him to indulge his interests of trout fishing, camping, soccer and spending time with his two children.

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