KOHEI NISHIKAWA, master flutist

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KOHEI NISHIKAWA-Flute, Shinobue & Nohkan

Biography

Distinguished flutist Kohei Nishikawa studied with Ririko Hayashi at the Toho Gakuen Conservatory. While still a student, he became a member of the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, performing under Seji Ozawa at Carnegie Hall (New York), the United Nations, and Champs-Elysees Hall (Paris), and went on to become principal flutist of the Osaka Philharmonic for three seasons. He subsequently left the orchestra to pursue a career specializing in Japanese bamboo flutes (shinobue and nohkan), and joined the Pro Musica Nipponia in 1980. With this ensemble he performs traditional and contemporary Japanese repertoire, including appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Gewandhaus, Helsinki, and a number of Japanese orchestras. In 1999, he was a guest soloist with the London Philharmonic and Pasadina orchestras in performances of The Tale of Genji by composer Isao Tomita. In addition to these activities, Kohei Nishikawa currently maintains a busy career performing in Kabuki theater and Buyo dance.


Kohei Nishikawa- Flûte, Shinobue et Nohkan

Biographie

Flûtiste éminent, Kohei Nishikawa a étudi?avec Ririko Hayashi au conservatoire Toho Gakuen. Encore étudiant, il est devenu membre du Nouvel Orchestre philharmonique du Japon o? sous la direction de Seji Ozawa, il a jou?au Carneghie Hall (New York), aux Nations Unies et aux Champs Élysées (Paris). Après quoi il est devenu flûtiste principal pour l¹Orchestre philharmonique d¹Osaka pendant trois saisons. Par la suite, il a quitt? l¹orchestre pour se spécialiser dans les flûtes de bambou japonaises (shinobue et nohkan) et s¹est joint au Pro Musica Nipponia en 1980. Récemment, il a ét?soliste lors des représentations de The Tale of Genji de Isao Tomita, ainsi que soliste invit?de l¹Orchestre philharmonique de Tokyo pour la première du Shinobue Concerto de Diego Luzuriaga. En plus de ces activités, Kohei Nishikawa poursuit présentement une carrière, déj?bien remplie, ?titre de comédien de théâtre kabuki et de danse buyo sous son nom de scène, Seisho Tosha.

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