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PROFILE

HIROMITSU AGATSUMA Shamisen Player/Composer

Hiromitsu Agatsuma began studying the Tsugaru shamisen at the age of six. Since his early childhood, he frequented in various shamisen competitions and won many prizes, subsequently receiving high recognition in the field of traditional Japanese music. His reputation grew as he ventured out into other genres of music such as jazz and rock. In 2001, he made his major debut with EMI Music Japan with an eponymous album, “AGATSUMA”. It was named the Traditional Japanese Music Album of the Year at the 16th Japan Gold Disc Awards. His second album, “BEAMS ~ AGATSUMA II” released by Domo Records in the US, led him to a successful tour of the East Coast. In 2005, he toured the EU, and won the Japan Gold Disc Award for the second time with “EN”, his sixth album. The next album to follow in 2009 was “AGA-SHIO” by a two-piece unit of Agatsuma and Satoru Shionoya, a pianist and producer. In 2010, an extensive tour took the unit to nine different countries in Japan, Europe and Africa. Two more albums were released that year; “JUKKI”, a studio recording of classics that includes folk songs of Tsugaru and “THE BEST OF HIROMITSU AGATSUMA – Freedom -”, a best album. He celebrated his anniversary year with “The 10th Anniversary Special Concert ~ Tradition and Innovation 〜”. In 2011, he inaugurated “- KUSABI -”, an event where internationally acclaimed Japanese artists meet. He has been active not only as a performer but also as a producer, writing scores for TV and theater. In search of the Tsugaru shamisen’s tradition and innovation, with his creation transcending genres, Hiromitsu Agatsuma remains to be a valued asset. He had the privilege of representing Japan and performing at the official dinner for TOKYO 2020 and the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development, both hosted by Prime Minister Abe. In 2014, he composed and performed for Ebizo Ichikawa’s Kabuki production. It was unprecedented for a Kabuki stage to have a Tsugaru shamisen. He visits elementary schools all over Japan, teaching the children how fun the Japanese traditional music could be. He also makes a great effort to pass the culture down to the next generation. Hiromitsu Agatsuma is a leader of the new generation shamisen players.

CD’s

  • -粋sui-
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    -粋sui-
    2016/10/19 Release
    -粋sui-
  • COCQ-85261「伝統と革新-古典-」
    NEW
    DENTO TO KAUSHIN
    May 5, 2015
     
  • COCQ-85254
    KUSABI
    Feb. 18, 2015 13th
    Nippon Columbia
     KUSABI
  • GEN
    Jan. 1, 2014 12th
    Nippon Columbia
     GEN
  • KUSABI
    Oct. 24, 2012 11th
    EMI Music Japan
     KUSABI
  • JUKKI
    July 8, 2010 9th
    EMI Music Japan
     JUKKI
  • HIROMITSU
    AGATSUMA

    -Freedom-
    July 8, 2010 10th
    EMI Music Japan
    -Freedom-
  • AGA-SHIO
    Nov., 2009
    avex io
     AGA-SHIO
  • AGATSUMA Plays
    Standards

    Oct., 2008 8th
    EMI Music Japan
     AGATSUMA Plays Standards
  • SOFU
    Aug., 2007 7th
    EMI Music Japan
     SOFU
  • SORANMAI
    May, 2007
    EMI Music Japan
     SORANMAI
  • EN
    Aug., 2006 6th
    EMI Music Japan
    Feb., 2007
    Domo Records
    (3rd US Album)
     EN
  • eternal songs
    Feb., 2005 5th
    EMI Music Japan
    Domo Records
    (3rd US Album)
     eternal songs
  • Beyond
    Jan., 2004 4th
    EMI Music Japan
    March, 2004
    Domo Records
    (2nd US Album)
     Beyond
  • Classics
    AGATSUMA III

    March, 2003 3rd
    EMI Music Japan
     Classics~AGATSUMA III
  • BEAMS
    Jul., 2002 2nd
    EMI Music Japan
    Jan., 2003
    Domo Records
    (US Debut Album)
     BEAMS~AGATSUMA II
  • AGATSUMA
    Sep., 2001 1st
    EMI Music Japan
     AGATSUMA