Tomoko Kihara (Koto/Shamisen)
Born in Hiroshima, 1986. She graduated from the Elisabeth University of Music, and finished its master’s course. While studying at the university, she received the Xavier prize and the Cecilia prize, passed the NHK Japanese traditional music audition.In 2011, she was selected as a soloist of the Kammerphilharmonie Hiroshima conducted by Martin Stanzeleit, toured in Hiroshima and Germany. The same year, she toured in Germany as a member of “WORLD OF STRINGS” project (produced by Diego Jascalevich). In 2013, she appeared on the “welt in einklang” concert tour in Hiroshima and Tokyo (produced by Norio Sato). In 2014, she was invited to the Aachen Guitar Festival, performed with Diego Jascalevich and Yusupha Kuyateh. In 2015, she joined the Mercer Hassy project, recorded a CD together with Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, Damian Erskine and Tiger Okoshi.Recently her activities are not only focused on Japanese traditional music but also collaborating with many Japanese and international players from other genres. She also appears in TV and radio programs.She is a part-time lecturer at the Hijiyama Girls' Junior and Senior High School and the Elisabeth University of Music.To date, she has studied under Fumiko Wakaoka, Setsuko Waki, Kazue Sawai and Shintaro Okamura.
エリザベト音楽大学卒業、同大学修了。在学中ザビエル賞、セシリア賞受賞。様々な洋楽器とのコラボレーション、現代音楽ユニットへの参加、ジャンルに囚われずに箏の可能性を探り今に至る。2004年沢井箏曲院教師資格試験首席合格、沢井箏曲院会長賞受賞。NHK邦楽オーディション合格。NHK邦楽のひととき、NHK新春コンサートに出演。2011年カンマーフィルハーモニーひろしま日独150周年記念コンサートにてソリストとして広島・ドイツ公演に出演。2012年牛尾シズエ特別賞受賞。第19回賢順記念全国箏曲コンクール銀賞並びに福岡県知事賞受賞。2011年よりWold of stringsドイツ国内ツアーに参加。現在比治山女子中学・高等学校非常勤講師。広島を拠点に国内外で活動中。