Renowned Japanese guitarist Kiyoshi Shomura makes his Philippine debut with the PPO.


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Cultural Center of the Philippines


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April 12, 2019 | 8:00 PM
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)


Kiyoshi Shomura began guitar lessons at age nine, first studying with his father Masato Shomura, and later with Yasumasa Ohara. In 1964, Shomura left for Spain to be trained by the renowned guitarist Narciso Yepes, who, during his visit to Japan the previous year, recognized Shomura's potential. Shomura performed several recitals in Europe from 1967 to 1968.

Before returning to Japan in 1969, he gave approximately forty highly acclaimed recitals throughout Italy from 1968 to1969. After his 1969 recital debut in Japan, he was sent as the representative of Japan to the 1971 World Youth Association International in Italy, and gave a twenty-eight-city recital tour throughout North America.

Shomura's repertoire has covered a wide range of musical styles. In addition to recitals and collaborations with Japan's major orchestras, he often performs duets and trios with singers and players of various instruments such as flute, piano, violin and mandolin. An advocate of contemporary music, he premiered and recorded Toru Takemitsu's works, including "In the Woods" written specially for Shomura.Today, he continues to expand the guitar repertoire commissioning and premiering works by Japanese composers. 

The year 2014 was the 45th anniversary of his debut. To celebrate it, he released in December 2013 “Recuerdos de la Alhambra” featuring his roots, Spanish music. Other highlights of this anniversary include performances of three concertos with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra led by Naoto Otomo and recitals throughout Japan.

In 2015, Shomura performed with I Musici and recorded with them an album with guitar concertos by Giuliani and Vivaldi, which was released in 2016. Since 2017, Shomura has performed “Kiyoshi Shomura Special Project”, a series of four concerts to pursue diverse possibilities of guitar in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of his debut in 2019. The project has attracted attention with his musical collaborations beyond the borders of genre.


Felix Mendelssohn                       Symphony No. 4, Op. 90 in A major ("Italian")
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco        Guitar Concerto No. 1
Igor Stravinsky                             The Rite of Spring