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Yoshio Hiratsuka, who is globally in active as koto & shakuhachi player and composer, and his Korei-Hogakukai have made performances more than 156 times at art festivals or at formal concerts in various places in the world.
Being honored such activities, he was far given lots of awards including the "Foreign Minister's Prize" and the "Aichi Prefecture Cultural Art Prize" in Japan, Prizes of "Honorary Citizen" in many cities in the United States, and "Letter of Thanks" or "Certificate of Friendship" in lots of countries in the world.
Hi is now the leader in the genre of hogaku (Japanese music ) in fact as well as in name.
Born in Nagoya 1936 as a son of Kozan Hiratsuka and Tshiko Reimei, Hiratsuka is globally active as a koto and shakuhachi player and composer. His first stage performance was at the age of four. He began to compose music in 1955, and since then he has composed modern sokyoku (music of koto) such as Cosmos, Yuzuru Fantasy, Meditation, Joy, Fuji etc. He currently holds concerts on television and radio.
In 1974, Hiratsuka started touring overseas, travelling first to USA. He has perfoemed more than 156 times at art festivals or at formal concerts in various places around the globe, including the Berlin Festival in Germany, Flanders International Music Festival Belgium, Zagreb International Music Festival in Yugoslvia and the Hong Kong Art Festival.
Hiratsuka's music is romantic and creeps into our feelings. The emotions appeal to the heart and audience moves with beautiful melody. Hiratsuka has been awarded the 'Aichi Prefecture Cultural Art' prize, 'Foreign Minister' award in Japan and he has also received award of ' Honorary Citizen' from various cities in the USA. Hiratsuka is the leader in the genre of hogaku (Japanese music).
Koto is a 13-stringed zither that originated in China and was introduced to Japan 1300 years ago. It under took its own distinct characteristics and transformations on Japanese soil. The Koto is a large instrument, about six feet long, consisting of a hollow body made of Paulownia wood with ivory bridges and garnishes. The Koto's thirteen strings made from silk or nylon are of same thickness. Koto produces the purest musical tone of the traditional Japanese stringed instruments; however, there are many special techniques of koto which produce added musical effects in accordance with Japanese taste, such as scraping and hitting the strings with the plectrum.
Jushichigen is a 17-stringed bass koto.
Shakuhachi is a bamboo flute with seven holes. It is a traditional music instrument found only in Japan. The name is derived from the length of the flute which measures eight shakus. One shaku is about twelve inches.
Kozan Hiratsuka, the founder
Toshiko Reimei, the first head master
|Kozan Hiratsuka, the founder, was born in Takarazuka city
in Hyogo prefecture. When he was a boy, he studied with Shuzan Hara, his
uncle, in the Soetsu school of Shakuhachi. Then he studied with Tozan Nakao,
the founder of Tozan school. He attained fame as a great master of Tozan
school and one of the leading Shakuhachi players in Japan.
He played Shakuhachi on the radio every month from the beginning of N.H.K.'s establishment.
Kozan founded Kozan school of Shakuhachi on August 18th 1933. He composed many pieces, "Yugumo No Shirabe", "Keiryu", "Yoshun Cho", "Kohan No Kure", and so on, and he publicised them on broadcasts and at concerts.
In 1936 he began to record both classical and his original music with Toshiko Reimei. He led the members of Kozan school passionately and contributed to the development of Kozan school.
|Toshiko Reimei, the first head master, studied with Chikatoshi
Yonekawa in Tokyo when she was a little girl, and took the first composition
course by Michio Miyagi, celebrated player of the Koto, and was taught
by Genchi Hisamoto.
New and classical music played by Toshiko were widely known through broadcasts and concerts and she also trained many pupils.
In 1936 she recorded "Rokudan No Shirabe", "Chidori No Kyoku", played with Kozan Hiratsuka, the founder, and the records won the highest praise from the public.
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