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Tokyo Music Competition



Born in: Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
2nd place, Brass Section, The 8th Tokyo Music Competition 2010

Musical Study Experiences

1999 Graduated from the Music Department of Hyogo Prefectural Nishinomiya High School
2003 Graduated from the Faculty of Music, Kyoto City University of Arts
2013 Completed studies with highest distinction at the Bern University of the Arts


Studied under Yamashita Hiroo, Go Shinichi, Peter Sullivan and Ian Bousfield

Musical Careers

2002 Participated in PMF (Pacific Music Festival); served as principal trombone under Charles Dutoit
2003 Performed in the Kyoto City University of Arts Graduation Concert, Kansai Debut Concert, Yamaha Debut Concert and more; participated in Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Opera Project IV
2004 Moved to the United States
2005 Principal trombonist for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, U.S.A.
Adjunct Professor at Mississippi College
2007-08 Assistant for Peter Sullivan (the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Principal) at Duquesne University of Pittsburgh
2008 Participated Tokyo Opera Nomori 2008 and Saito Kinen Orchestra directed by Ozawa Seiji
2009 Participated in Saito Kinen Orchestra
1st Place (unanimous), Trombone Category, the 26th Japan Wind and Percussion Competition
2010 Trombone Category Diploma, the 45th International Instrumental Competition Markneukirchen (Germany)
2nd Place, Tenor Trombone, the 6th Jeju International Brass Competition (Korea)
2nd Place, Brass Section, the 8th Tokyo Music Competition
2010-13 Member of the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra
2012 Went to Bern, Switzerland for 1 year as an Agency of Cultural Affairs Training Scholarship Student
Completed studies winning Auszeichnung (highest distinction) at the Bern University of the Arts
2013- Assistant principal trombone of South Denmark Philharmonic
2014- Founded workshops for professional performers in various locations in Japan
2016 Performed in the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Morning Concert
Held Music Program TOKYO Music Education Program Talk & Lesson Tamaki Yu Trombone Workshop hosted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and the Arts Council Tokyo

Further Activities

Supervised "Trombone Repertoire: Tamaki Yu’s Disney Collection" (sheet music book with CD) and "Japanese Masterpieces for Trombone: Gems of Concert Repertoire" (sheet music book) published from the Yamaha Music Media.
In 2012, assigned to mini-lesson column series on the Japanese magazine Band Journal published by Ongaku no Tomo Sha Corp. Currently writes popular column in the magazine Band Journal published by Ongaku no Tomo Sha Corp. "Challenge the World!—Seize your dreams borderlessly."
In making strong efforts in the educational field, held a clinic and lecture classes all over Japan. Making full use of a range of experience and skills acquired in Japan, the U.S. and Europe, actively trains the next generations.
Member of Trombone Quartet "SLIDE JAPAN" (Founded 2014) and Trombone Duet "Tamashimizu" (Founded 2011, 2012 the 22nd Aoyama Music Foundation Barock Saal Prize winner).
Performed as a soloist with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo New City Orchestra, the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and more. Performed various music written by Tomassi, Martin, Bourgeois, Frumerie, Rimsky-Korsakov, Guilmant, Yamaguchi Hisato (world premiere, the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra commissioned work), Appermont and more. Previously held 8 recitals across Tokyo, Osaka, the U.S. and Switzerland.


Mainly orchestra performance activities; however, I am also actively doing solos and chamber music.
Without restricting my repertoire, I have been working on music written for other instruments such as strings and wind instrument as well as vocal music.

Further Profiles

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