LEO PROFILE

LEO

Born in Yokohama in 1998, this 20 year old musician was born to a Japanese mother and American father. He first encountered the koto at the age of 9 while attending the Yokohama International School, where he began studying under Curtis Patterson, a koto musician and music teacher. At 14, he won the Grand Prize in the All Japan Koto Competition for elementary and junior high school students. At 16, he became the youngest musician to be awarded the Grand Prize by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in the Kumamoto All Japan Hogaku Competition which is a Japanese music competition divided into the five categories of koto, shakuhachi and fue, shamisen, biwa, and ensemble with koto, shamisen, and shakuhachi. After a dynamite leap into the limelight, he made his major debut in March 2017 with his first album, "Leo 1st." In April 2018, he appeared on the MBS TV program "Jōnetsu tairiku_Passionate Continent". He released his second album "Leo Encounters: Kaikou" in August 2018. He is currently under the tutelage of Curtis Patterson and Kazue Sawai, an instructor at Sawai Koto Institute, and is also a student at the Tokyo University of the Arts.

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BIOGRAPHY

2018
Held live concert to commemorate the release of the "LEO Encounters:邂逅" CD at TOKYO FM HALL
2018
Released 2nd album "LEO Encounters:邂逅"
2018
Appeared in MBS Production Rights / TBS Nationwide Network documentary "Jōnetsu tairiku"
2017
Held live concert to commemorate the release of the "Leo 1st" CD at BankART Studio NYK in Yokohama and MUSICASA inTokyo
2017
Released 1st album "Leo 1st"
2016
Won Silver Award in the 23rd Kenjun Memorial All Japan Koto Competition
2016
Participated in the New York Workshop Tour hosted by Midori & Friends established by violinist Midori Goto
2016
Won Incentive Award in the 2nd Tone Hidenori Memorial Hogaku Competition
2016
Performed in the NHK World Premium "Delivering Japan's Traditional Arts to the World"
2015
Participated in the 2015 New York City Concert Tour sponsored by Yokohama International School
2015
Performed a solo koto concerto in the 2nd International Peace Concert at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
2015
Performed at the Kumamoto Castle Honmaru Goten at Hogaku Shin-eiten
2014
Performed a solo performance in the NHK ETV "Nippon no Geino" program
2014
Won Grand Prize from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in the Nagatani Kengyo Memorial 20th Kumamoto All Japan Hogaku Competition
2014
Participated in the Tokushima Hogaku Renaissance "Chapter 3 Modern-day Hogaku" and performed a joint concert with his music instructors, Kazue Sawai and Dozan Fujiwara
2013
Won Listener Award in the All Japan High School Hogaku Competition as part of the 23rd Okayama International Music Festival
2013
Won Silver Award in the junior category of the 9th Tokyo Hogaku Competition
2012
Performed in a joint concert called "Futatsu no Gun no Tame ni" in Tokyo as part of "Hengenjizai" national tour of Soju Nosaka and Kazue Sawai, his music instructors.
2012
Won Grand Prize in the 30th All Japan Koto Competition for elementary and junior high school students
2011
Won Silver Award in the junior high school student category of the 29th All Japan Koto Competition for elementary and junior high school students
2010
Won Bronze Award in the junior high school student category of the 28th All Japan Koto Competition for elementary and junior high school students
2009
Won Silver Award in the elementary school student category of the 27th All Japan Koto Competition for elementary and junior high school students