Kazuma MIURA, bandoneonist

Kazuma Miura was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1990. After spending a significant amount of time in Firenze (Florence), Italy with his pianist parents as a child, he began playing the bandoneon at ten years of age. He has since studied under the famous Japanese bandoneonist, Ryota Komatsu.

Mr. Miura has appeared in many concerts so far in his early career. He appeared on the tv asahi show ‘Untitled Concert 21’ as a member of the Ryota Komatsu unit. In addition, he has co-starred with the famous Japanese accordionist Coba at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, which was broadcasted by NHK FM Radio. Recently, Kazuma was invited to give a lecture and play as a bandoneonist at the Argentine Embassy in Tokyo.

Kazuma has also played in a variety of venues, other than concert halls including schools where he gives lecture concerts featuring bandoneon. His performances and activities were greatly published in the widely circulated Yomiuri Shimbun and Mainichi Shimbun Newspapers. He was also published in the ‘In Person’ column of the Asahi Shimbun Newspaper.

A meeting with Néstor Marconi, arguably the best bandoneonist in the world, at the Music Festival Argerich’s Meeting Point in Beppu in 2006, gave him substantial influence. Afterwards, Kazuma recorded an album in order to fund traveling costs and then voyaged to Argentina, whereupon he studied under Marconi himself. Subsequently, a debut concert was held for him in Argentina, which was highly commended by the Buenos Aires RC. OLIVOS.

Performances aside, he was awarded a scholarship from The Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2006, and received support for performance activities from the Yamaha Music Foundation in 2007.

In March 2007, Kazuma Miura performed a professional debut in both the Sumida Triphony Hall and the Kuki City Cultural Center. The concerts proved to be a success, having had sold out audiences for both concert dates and were both highly acclaimed.

In October 2007, he performed Marconi’s concerto ‘TANGOS CONCERTANTES’ in Michiyoshi Inoue’s Noborizaka Concert with Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra. It was actually the Japanese Premiere of this concerto. Afterwards notable performances have included the Piazzolla and Marconi’s concertos with Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra and others.

On October 18, 2008, he got the second prize at the 33th Astor Piazzolla International Competition held in Italy.(XXXIII PREMIO e CONCORSO INTERNAZIONALE Citta di Castelfidardo CAT.M) It was the first Japanese and the youngest person receiving a prize in history.

Kazuma made his recording debut titled “Tango Suite” from Victor Entertainment in 2009. In July, he performed with his own Quinteto (Quinet) in Kioi hall at The 25th Tokyo Summer Festival.
He appeared on the very famous NHK-TV program ‘ Top Runner’ in 2010.

In May 2011, Kazuma was invited to Music Festival Argerich’s Meeting Point in Beppu, where he played with Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Eduardo Hubert and other awesome musicians. He has earned much praise from these world-renowned musicians. And he got highly acclaims on mass media, too.

Kazuma played the piece “Elephan” with singer Aoi Teshima, composed by Toshiaki Matsumoto who energetically creates many popular songs in the country and overseas. This piece was written for the long-running NHK TV program ‘Minna-no-Uta’ and will be broadcasted everyday for 2 months. (Oct. and Nov. 2011)

He released the second CD album (Quinteto style) titled “Las Estaciones” in November 2011, which became Kazuma’s tribute album to Astor Piazzolla for the 90th anniversary of his birth in this year. This CD has been recommended as the best Disc on one of famous music magazine, The Record Geijutsu.

(As of Jan 2012)

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