• Masayo Ishigure


began playing the koto and jiuta shamisen at the age of five in Gifu, Japan and has created an extensive multi-faceted career that continues to stretch the limits of the koto while maintaining a strong grasp of the tradition. After initial studies with Tadao and Kazue Sawai, Masayo became a special research student in 1986 at the Sawai Koto Academy of Music -The academy incorporates many influences from classical to jazz and aims to change the perception of the koto from solely as a traditional Japanese instrument to an instrument of universal expressiveness. Learn More

Miyabi Koto Shamisen Ensemble

Miyabi Koto Shamisen Ensemble is a New York based group founded and headed by Ms. Masayo Ishigure. Ms. Ishigure began playing the koto and shamisen at the age of five, and later developed her skills with Tadao and Kazue Sawai as a special research student.
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Sawai Koto Academy

Sawai Koto Academy, an “Ikuta-style” koto school, was founded in 1979 by Tadao Sawai who was already a well known koto player and composer. There are 9 branches in Japan and 2 overseas branches. All Sawai members actively perform all over the world.
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