Masahiro Ojiry (Classical Guitar)

Born in Tokyo, Mr.Ojiry studied classical piano since age of 3, and went to elementary school of Kunitachi university of music where he continued to study piano during whole school years. He started plaing rock and jazz guitar when he was at high school.After graduation of high school he entered the Berklee College of Music in Boston, U.S. to study jazz guitar in 1981. There, he won the Harris Stanton Award, an honor which was conferred to the most outstanding student among the approximately 700 students who majored in guitar. After his graduation, he went to the Manhattan School of Music and studied under Manuel Barrueco. He graduated the school after taking the third prize at the 28th Paris International Guitar Competition and the 1988 Andrés Segovia Award. He gave recitals throughout the U.S., Mexico, and Italy, which won him high acclaim. In 1992, he made his Japanese debut performing the "Concerto de Aranjues" with the Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. Since, he has moved his base to Japan, and receiving a subsidy from the Cultural Foundation of Asahi Newspaper, gave a series of recitals (total of 5 performances) in one year(1994-1995) at Tsuda Hall. Thereafter, he has been active in a wide range of activities, such as his engagements as a soloist, collaborations in chamber music, working as an arranger, and publishing music. To date, they have performed with the Tokyo Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra, actor Ryuzo Hayashi, soprano Satsuki Adachi, Fumiko Kamahara, and Minako Shioda, cellist Yoko Hasegawa, and jazz flutist Tamami Koyake, among others. He is highly recognized for his performances in contemporary music, and frequently premieres new works. From August 2001, he has taken on the role of host in the classical music program broadcasted by FM Karuizawa, and he also appears on other programs such as "Recitals of Best Selections" on NHK-FM, "Classic Club" on BS-2, and "i-style" on BS-i. Living in Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture from 1997, he engages himself in a variety of activities. In 2004, he was invited to play a concert and give master classes for GFA Guitar festival held in Merida, Mexico amang with maestro John Williams and others. In 2007, after 10 years lived in Karuizawa, he gave a duo concert with Makoto Ozone, well-known Japanese jazz pianist and they spent together as a roommate when they were student at the Berklee College of Music. He performs on a 7-string guitar.

CDs released
from Pony Canyon
1994 "Operatic Guitar"
1997 "Cinematic Guitar"

from Octavia records "EXTON" label
2003 "REGONDI,complete guitar works"
2005  Carmen Fantasy (with violinist Mie Kobayashi who won first prize at Long-Thibaud competition in1990)
2006 Alma Brasileira -Gnattali guitar works-
2008  Classical Homage

Publications from Gendai Guitar

Albeniz: "Cantos de Espana Op.232/Suite Espanola Op.165" (arranger)
Bizet: "Carmen Suite" for Guitar Duo (arranger)
Handel: "Suite No. 5" for Guitar Duo (arranger)
Mozart: " Eine kleine Nachtmusik" for Guitar Duo (arranger)
Mertz: "Opera Review" Volumes I & II (general editor)
Regondi: Guitar works(general editor)