Japanese Artists

Yu Tamaki

  • Trombone



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Yu Tamaki Hoso/Trombone


A Japanese Trombonist active in Europe and Japan, as a Soloist, Chamber musician, Orchestra player, Educator and Author. 

Pro Arte Musicae Official Artist, S.E.Shires Artist and willie’s Mouthpieces Signature Artist. 



1980  Born in Ashiya, Japan

1999  HS Diploma, Hyogo Pref. Nishimomiya High School, Music Department

2002  Fellow participant, Pacific Music Festival, Principal Trb. under Mo. Charles Dutoit

2003  BA of Music, Kyoto City University of Arts, under Prof. Shin-ichi Go

2003  Solo appearances at honoring graduation concerts, at KCUA, Kansai Regional Assn., Yamaha and others. Participant, Seiji Ozawa Opera Project IV


2004  Moved to Chicago, the United States

2005-2007  Principal Trombone: Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Adjunct Professor: Mississippi College

2007-2008  Assistant for Mr. Peter Sullivan (Pittsburgh Symphony) at Duquesne University


2008-2009  Section Trombone: Tokyo Opera Nomori Orchestra and Saito Kinen Orchestra (Dir. Seiji Ozawa)

2010-2013  Principal Trombone: Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra,

2013-2018: Second Solo Trombone: Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester (South Denmark Philharmonic), Denmark


2012-2013  Granted a full scholarship by the Ministry of Cultural Affair in Japan, to study with Prof. Ian Bousfield at Hochshule der Künste Bern in Switzerland. Completed with Auszeichnung (En: highest distinction)


1st Place: 26th Japan Wind and Percussion Competition, the unanimous highest scores by all seven jurors

Diploma: 45th Markneukirchen International Competition

2nd Place: 6th Jeju International Brass Competition

2nd Place: 8th Tokyo Music Competition


As a soloist, Yu has frequent appearances with the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, with Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo City Philharmonic, Tokyo New City Orchestra and others. His performance repertoire includes Tomasi, Martin, Bourgeois, Frumerie, Rimsky-Korsakov, Guilmant, Yamaguchi (world premiere, commissioned by TKWO), Appermont and etc.


Yu has given many solo recitals in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, United States and Switzerland.


As an active educator, Yu has held lectures, clinics and master classes in all Japan’s major cities. Yu has had the rare opportunity to earn education and performance experiences internationally: in Japan, United States and Europe. These experiences put him in a position to offer a unique perspective and broader opportunity to the next generation and future of Japan.


Yu has written monthly articles on “Band Journal” (Ongaku No Tomo Sha Co.), “Challenging to the World” (30 issues)2014-2016 and “One Point Lessons”(12 issues) 2012-2013. Also he has been featured on interviews in the “Pipers” (Sugihara Shoten Co.) for the 290th, 356th, 359th, 369th and 401st issues.


Performance and supervison for CDs and sheet music “Trombone Repertoire: Yu Tamaki’s Disney Works” and “Trombone: Concert Repertoire Japanese Songs”, published by Yamaha Music Media.


As a chamber musician, he is a member of two trombone ensembles. Trombone Duo “TamaShimizu” with Mayumi Shimizu (Solo Posaune – SWR Sinfonieorchester of Germany) since 2011, recipient of 22nd Aoyama Music Foundation, Baroque Saal Prize, and Trombone Ensemble “Slide Japan”, has been created along with 7 other Japanese foremost trombonists of his generation (since 2015). Slide Japan can be heard on their debut CD “Take Off”. (www.slidejapan.com)