Hidejiro Honjoh



Hidejiro was selected as a Japan Cultural Envoy in 2017, through which he held performances around the world. His New York performance with "ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble)," supported by Japan Society, received high acclaim by the New York Times. Apart from performing with orchestras as a soloist, he has also collaborated with various international contemporary ensembles, including Ensemble Intercontemporain soloistes, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble NOMAD and the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra. His past performances include concertos, and he has served as soloist with orchestras including the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra, Baltic Neopolis Virtuosi and Orcherstra Ensemble Kanazawa.

He was featured in an album of Ryuichi Sakamoto and Fujikura Dai recently, and he featured at London's Wigmore Hall as the first shamisen player. He has studied both classical and contemporary style of shamisen under the tutelage of world-renowned shamisen performer and pioneer, Honjoh Hidetaro. He graduated from Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music, where he studied shamisen with Kineya Katsuyoshiju. He now serves as an Adjunct Instructor there.

Hidejiro strives to create new types of shamisen music while commissioning new shamisen pieces. He has commissioned new pieces from composers including Toshi Ichiyanagi, Yuji Takahashi, Vijay Lyer, Gabriel Prokofiev, Miho Hazama, and Alex Nante.

He has been the recipient of various prestigious awards and prizes, including the 70th Arts Festival New Face Award by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, and he was the first shamisen performer to receive the prestigious Idemitsu Music Award in 2014 and the Kyoto Aoyama Music Award in 2018. In 2016, Hidejiro was chosen as the Japan-United States Arts Program/Asian Cultural Council Kimpei Nakamura Fellow.

Hidejiro was been described by Director Yukio Ninagawa, "His performance is at times graceful and delicate, but also tempestuous, powerful, and fiery; it stirs one's deepest emotions."