Misa Akahoshi is a talented and creative Japanese euphonium player. She has been called a rising star in the music world. Misa studied at the Tokyo College of Music and then spent several years studying in Paris with the finest low brass teachers. Her creative spirit was ignited there. She won a gold medal at the European Competition for Young Soloists. At the recent International Euphonium Competition in Jeju she was awarded 3rd place and was the highest placed Japanese performer. She is much in demand in Japan now as a soloist and many of her creative projects are attracting international attention.
Hidehiro Fujita joined the Singapore Symphony as principal tuba in January 2009. He started playing the tuba at the age of eleven. He graduated Bachelor’s in Music at the Tokyo College of Music in 2000. Then he was move to Australia from studied at the Canberra School of Music in Australian National University 2000-2001. After Australia, he was short study in US, France, and Norway.
He was an active freelance tubist in many orchestras and ensembles around the world. Which was offered by or performed with Israel Philharmonic, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Sydney Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Malaysian Philharmonic, Macau Orchestra, NHK Symphony, Saito Kinen Orchestra, Gomalan Brass Quintet etc... And performed with several maestros, which is include Zubin Mehta, Riccard Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Myung-Whun Choung, Edo de Waart, and Alexander Lazarev.
He had experience to take several masterclass in worldwide, which are include Italian Brass Week 2011, Berlin Fin Arts University, Sydney Conservatory of Music, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Mahidol University, Silapakorn University, and Brass Explosion Singapore. He was also release some solo CDs, and 3rd CD "TUBA POLYPHONICS" will release in this April. His principal teacher include Shinsuke Tanaka, Steve Rosse, Roger Bobo, Isao Watanabe, Mel Culbertson(R.I.P.), and Øystein Baadsvik.
American tubist Paul Luxenberg has been Principal Tuba player of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra since 2001. Luxenberg has appeared with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, Los Angeles and Moscow Chamber Orchestras, American and Manhattan Brass Quintets, and many of Asia’s premier ensembles. He currently teaches at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and has held teaching positions at California State University of Northridge, Baptist University of Hong Kong, and Chinese University of Hong Kong. He earned his Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees from the Juilliard School.
Native of Kyoto Japan, Kazuhiro Nakamura is instructor of tuba and ensemble at Osaka College of Music (OCM). Kazuhiro started to play the tuba at the age of twelve, when he was in junior high school. He received his bachelor of music degree from OCM. He has studied with Shigeo Takesada who is principal tubist of Kyoto Symphony Orchestra in his college time. He traveled to many foreign countries to take lessons, includinb Gene Pokorny, Robert Tucci, Daniel Perantoni, David Fedderly, Roger Rocco, Markus Hotzel, Alessandro Fossi, and Alan Baer. Since 2006 he has studied with Roger Bobo.
He plays as extra player with several professional orchestras and wind bands include Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, Japan Century Symphony Orchestra, Izumi Sinfonietta, Osaka Municipal Symphonic Band and more. He performs with Kyoto International Music Festival Orchestra, Youth Orchestra with 10000 people of chorus. He was selected as tubist of Asian Youth Orchestra from 2004 to 2007, what is youth orchestra for asian young people. He had a first recital on May 2009 at Osaka. He was a guest artist for ITEC 2010 in Arizona, and then played premier works “Poem 3 wingless” by Masaki Itani. He and OCM ensemble received an invitation from ITEC2012 Linz and performed 3 concerts. In 2001, he got 1st prize of brass division of “Great Wall International Music Competition” by Chinese Music Association. He conducts several bands from elementary school band to community band and enjoys his career to teach music for young students or school band. He will appeared as guest artist of NERTEC at Ithaca College of Music in April 2013.
A founding member of the Malaysian Philharmonic, Brett Stemple has served as the orchestra’s Section Principal Tubist since 1998, and since 2004 has served as Artist Faculty at the National University of Singapore’s Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, where he is also the Head of Brass Studies. Before moving to Southeast Asia, Mr. Stemple served as principal tubist in a number of symphony orchestras in the United States and Mexico from 1990-1998.
From 1986-1990 Brett received conservatory training at the Eastman School of Music, where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in tuba performance (with a minor in philosophy), summa cum laude. In the fall of 1994, Mr. Stemple accepted a Music Fellowship from Indiana University to pursue a Master's Degree with renowned tuba pedagogue Daniel Perantoni. After completing his Master's Degree in 1996, he continued advanced study with Professor Perantoni, pursuing a Doctor of Music degree in Tuba Performance and Pedagogy. Mr. Stemple completed his doctoral coursework in 2006 and is presently writing his dissertation, the last step towards the completion of his DM degree.
Brett Stemple's solo experiences include featured guest-solo appearances with the Malaysian Philharmonic, Midland/Odessa Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, and the Texas Festival Orchestra. Mr. Stemple also performs as a chamber soloist including frequent performances in the chamber music series of both the Malaysian Philharmonic and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.Brett’s interests include: the study of music (all kinds, particularly jazz history), the study of philosophy and comparative mythology, and a passion for sailing, a hobby perfectly suited for exploring the beautiful waters of SE Asia.
Kazumasa Yamagishi was born in 1975 Nagano City Japan. He started to learn Electronic Organ at the age 6, then start to play Tuba at the age 12. He graduated Bachelor's in Music at the Nihon University of Music, and Post Graduate Diploma at the Toho Gakuen School of Music. He had a position of contractual player of Toho Gakuen School of Music in 2000year season. Now he is an active freelance tuba player in Japan, and doing composer/arranger for mainly wind music. Also he is an arranger for musical educational program "SonataNote" for popular music piano of iPad application. He studied tuba under Teruo Miyagawa, composition/arrangement of music under Eiji Suzuki. And he took several tuba lessons from Isao Watanabe and Steven Rossé.