HONJOH Hidejiro was selected as one of the Japan Cultural Envoys in 2017, through which he held performances around the world. His New York performance, received high acclaim by the New York Times. He has collaborated with various international contemporary ensembles and was recently featured in an album of Ryuichi Sakamoto and Dai Fujikura. He strives to create new types of shamisen music and has commissioned numerous new pieces for shamisen. HONJOH has been the recipient of various awards and prizes, including the 70th Arts Festival New Face Award by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, and was the first shamisen performer to receive the prestigious Idemitsu Music Award in 2014 and the Kyoto Aoyama Music Award in 2018. In 2016, HONJOH was chosen as the Japan-United States Arts Program/ Asian Cultural Council Kimpei Nakamura Fellow. Director Yukio Ninagawa describes of HONJOH Hidejiro: “His performance is at times graceful and delicate, but also tempestuous, powerful and fiery - it stirs one’s deepest emotion.” HONJOH has studied both classical and contemporary style of shamisen under the tutelage of world -renowned shamisen performer and pioneer, HONJOH Hidetoro, and has graduated from Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music, where he now serves as an Adjunct Instructor.
Programme: Marios Joannou Elia: RED - world premiere/ Dai Fujikura: neo/ Ryuichi Sakamoto: New piece - title TBC/ Vijay Iyer: Jiva/ Kenjiro Urata: Hekitan II for shamisen/ Yuji Takahashi: Hamlet to be or not (bass shamisen/ recite.)
Saturday 6 July 2019 1 PM Tickets £18/ £12 Wigmore Hall 36 Wigmore Street