Masatake Ogawa

Masaki Ogawa ,Horn

Masaki Ogawa is a distinguished horn player and chamber musician hailing from Musashino City, Tokyo. After graduating from the Music High School attached to the Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts in 1987, he embarked on a multifaceted career in the world of music.

His early career saw him as a contract musician at the Toho Gakuen University Music Department, where he honed his skills as a versatile performer. He also became a member of esteemed orchestras such as the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo New City Orchestra, and the Shiki Theater Company Musical Orchestra. Notably, he spent 13 years with the Shiki Theater Company, contributing to productions such as "Lion King".

Currently, he is a member of the Tokyo Mozart Players orchestra and The Speciosa★ Ensemble, where he serves as a horn player and producer. He also lends his expertise as the deputy conductor of the Mitaka Junior Orchestra.

In addition to his orchestral and ensemble work, he is deeply involved in promoting music education and community engagement. As a registered artist of the "Public Hall Music Activation Support Project," he is committed to fostering musical appreciation in regional communities. His dedication to music education is further demonstrated by his Lifelong Learning Music Instructor Class A certification.

In 2007, he established Arimi Co., Ltd., aiming to streamline the management of his increasing number of performance engagements. Through Arimi Co., Ltd., he has organized numerous concerts, particularly focusing on woodwind ensembles like the “Kaze Quintet” and “Kaze Ensemble”. He has also produced CDs and collaborated with artists dispatched by the Agency for Cultural Affairs.

His chamber music endeavors have resulted in the release of several CDs, including "Animal Carnival -Kaze Quintet-", "Kaze no Quintet-17 Variations-", and "Kaze Quintet-Summer". He has collaborated with renowned musicians and participated in various festivals and recitals.

Throughout his career, he has continued to evolve as a musician, participating in prestigious events such as the Aspen Music Festival and the Kiso Music Festival. He has also performed as a soloist and ensemble member alongside distinguished artists like Jörg Demus and Yosuke Yamashita.

Dedicated to his craft, he continues to study under esteemed mentors and is an active member of the Japan Musicians Union and the Japan Horn Association.


Main instruments used: Alexander/103, Paxman/45M, Schmidt/natural horn


"My Neighbor Totoro Medley" (Participating in Tokyo's "Yell for Art!")

"Doraemon's Song" (Participated in the Agency for Cultural Affairs' "Continued Support Project for Cultural Arts")

"Dreams Come True, Doraemon" (Participation in the Agency for Cultural Affairs' "Continued Support Project for Cultural Arts")

A documentary on a two-way telework concert that connects Tokyo and Yakushima, co-produced with the sister group "Forest Quintet" (Participating in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's "Yell for Art!")


"Playing with the Horn" (Participating in the Mitaka City Support Project for Professional Artists)

"Ordinary horn and natural horn" (Participated in the project of the Japan Musicians Union Kanto Regional Headquarters)

Official website

photo credit

©Yusuke Takamura

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