|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,
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
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)