Écrit par Thierry Barbé. Posted in Classique

NAGAweb.jpg            When he was 18 old, Yoshio NAGASHIMA realized that his future lay in music, and overcoming the objections of his parents, went and knocked on the door of the late Seiichi IMAMURA, then a professor at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He was to enter the same university the following year. While there, he won the Ataka Prize. From then on, he rapidly embarked on a brilliant career. Since the age of roughly 26, at the invitation of his old university, he has accepted the great responsibility of helping to foster young talent.
He is engaged in musical activity both as a soloist and as a chamber music player. His appearances both as a soloist in recitals and in concerts has often caused a sensation. He is also a regular panelist at many international competitions.

            He is particularly interested in contemporary music and was the first double bassist to receive the Kenzou Nakajima Music Prize for the exemplary expression and performance of modern works.
As a player of chamber music, he has earned the highest acclaim for his many performances with some of the greatest artist of our time. However, he still has a special affinity for solo performance and his goal is to raise awareness with regard to the artistic potential of the double bass as a solo instrument. He has played an important role in Japan in changing the image of the double bass through his many concerts here.

            Currently, he is professor of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He is also engaged in helping foster young performers in his work as lecturer at Tokyo College of Music, Okinawa Prefecture University of Arts , Toho Orchestra Academy and Visiting professor of China Conservatory of Music. He is also a member of the Ensemble of Tokyo, the Kioi Sinofonietta Tokyo.
His CDs include ‘Virtuoso of the Double Bass'
(Cosmo Village CV-S005G),  ‘Brilliance of Contrabass'(ADEL ADLC-0704)

            He is now enjoying international acclaim for giving new meaning to the concept of the double bass player.