About Kazu Suwa

"A unique guitarist who knows ‘the world of poetic sentiment’ – a sentiment able to penetrate the hearts of listeners and move them profoundly" – Mr Jiro Hamada (music critic)"

 

"Mr Kazu Suwa is gifted with the stylistic versatility that allows him to interpret any type of repertoire successfully" – Mompou Foundation, Barcelona"

 

Kazu Suwa is a London-based Japanese guitarist who revives exciting Spanish classical guitar sonority and lyricism with original twists.

Kazu is a renowned classical guitarist whose passion is engaging his audience through emotional experiences created by his interpretations without compromising the music's authenticity. Kazu focuses on carefully curated programs uninfluenced by trends so that each performance reflects the unique and beautiful quality of the guitar.

He has given concerts in the UK, Spain and Japan at various locations including concert halls, universities and churches. Apart from solo performances, Kazu has performed with voice, harpsichord, cello, piano, baroque recorder, flute, chamber orchestra and choir.

His debut CD album ‘Guitar Recital’ received “Semi-Highest Honour” in the Japanese classical music magazine “Record Geijutsu (Art of Records)” in 2015. This album, consisting of 22 pieces of Spanish and South American music, was also highly praised internationally (UK, Spain, Japan, USA, Italy, France, Australia, Canada) by many music critics and cultural institutions, including the Embassy of Brazil, London.

Kazu has been described by one of the world's most respected music critics, Mr Jiro Hamada, as "one of those selected guitarists who hold the key to The world of poetic sentiment: my ideal image of the guitar, and artists of this instrument".

In reference to his unusual guitar transcriptions and recordings of piano works by Spanish/Catalan composer Frederic Mompou, the Mompou Foundation in Barcelona describes Kazu as “a musician in the broadest sense of the word. He possesses notable skill in transcription, adding this facet to his qualities as a player. (…)We should emphasise that Mr Kazu Suwa has produced very faithful arrangements. His precision in interpretation and his quality in sonority indicates to us that the guitar is a perfect instrument to extract the musical essence of each piece”.

Mompou is one of the composers highly respected and revered by Kazu and he has included one of his original guitar transcriptions of Mompou’s piano pieces on his debut album.

Kazu graduated from the prestigious Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid in Spain. In Japan, Kazu studied classical guitar with the renowned classical guitarist Mikio Hoshido at the Nihon University College of Art in Tokyo.