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Nobuya Sugawa

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Performer Bio Synopsis

The Yamaha Symphonic Band (YSB) was established in 1961, with membership comprising Yamaha Corporation and Yamaha Group employees who are involved in the development, design, and production of Yamaha wind instruments, pianos, and electronic musical instruments. Some members play instruments they designed or manufactured themselves, making the YSB a true “Artisans Band.” Band activities are based in the Hamamatsu area. In addition to performances, the band commissions new compositions every year. More than 70 new compositions have been added to the brass band repertoire thus far. In 2018 the band received their 34th gold award at the All Japan Band Competition. Performances were held in Osaka in 2020, and a CD of the band’s work entitled “The Sound of Yamaha – Artisans making music…vol.3” was released in 2019. In 1995 the YSB received the 34th Shizuoka Culture Incentive Award for their enduring contributions spanning many years, and then in 2010 they were honored with the 20th Japan Wind, Percussion, and Brass Band Academy Award. The YSB has been active on Japan’s concert band scene for more than half a century.

Yamaha Symphonic Band

Conductor's Bio

Born in 1961 and a graduate of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts, the saxophonist Nobuya Sugawa is the winner in the 51st Music Competition of Japan and the 1st Japan Wind and Percussion Competition. He has played with most of the leading orchestras in Japan, including the NHK Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit and Alan Gilbert, and abroad he has appeared with the BBC Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, the Württembergische Philharmonie, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre d’harmonie de la Garde républicaine, Eastman Wind Ensemble, among others. He has also played with soloists such as Fazil Say, Jean-Yves Fourmeau, Arno Bornkamp, Kenneth Tse, Ron Carter, Martin Taylor, etc. He has been invited to give concerts and master-classes to over 30 countries. He has continued to commission new works for saxophone, which have been taken up by performers around the world. He has recorded over 30 CDs includes solo album from CHANDOS and published “Play Along Series” by De Haske. He has assumed a role of the concert master of Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra for almost 22 years from 1989 through 2010. Currently he is a member of Trouvère Quartet (Saxophone Quartet), the resident conductor of Yamaha Symphonic Band. He plays an alto sax (YSS–875EXG) and soprano sax (YAS–875EXG) custom made by Yamaha.