Masashi Kina

Masashi Kina ,Tuba

Masashi Kina, born on December 22, 1980, in Okinawa, is a talented musician recognized for his expertise in the tuba. As a Capricorn type A individual, he exhibits dedication and precision in his musical pursuits.

His journey in music began at the age of 10 when he started playing the trumpet, later transitioning to the tuba at the age of 11. After graduating from Okinawa Prefectural Chinen High School in 2005, he continued his education at the prestigious Tokyo University of the Arts, Faculty of Music, Department of Instrumental Music.

In May 2004, he achieved a significant milestone by receiving a diploma at the Markneukirchen International Competition in Germany, showcasing his talent on the international stage.

Throughout his career, he has earned accolades in various competitions, including winning the 5th prize at the Japan Wind and Percussion Competition in 2004 and 2007, and the 2nd prize in 2010. Additionally, he secured the 3rd prize at the 12th Concert Marronnier 21 in Tochigi Prefecture in 2007.

In 2005, he was featured as a performer at the Yomiuri Newcomer's Concert sponsored by Yomiuri Shimbun, further solidifying his presence in the music scene.

In 2016, he had the honor of performing E. Gregson's "Tuba Concerto" as a guest at Okinawa Shogaku High School and Junior High School regular concerts, captivating audiences with his musical prowess.

He has also contributed to music education and literature, having written a one-point lesson for "Band Journal" magazine in 2013.

In 2014, he represented the Euphonium Tuba Collective (Euphonium Tuba Quartet) as a member of the ITEA International Tuba and Euphonium Association at the conference held in Indiana, USA, showcasing his collaborative skills on an international platform.

From 2016 to 2017, he was a registered artist for the Regional Creation Public Hall Music Revitalization Project, demonstrating his commitment to promoting music in public spaces.

Under the guidance of esteemed instructors such as Yasuhiko Uesu and Eiichi Inagawa, he has honed his skills as a tuba player.

Currently, Masashi serves as a Part-time Lecturer at Saitama Prefectural Omiya Koryo High School Music Department and Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, where he continues to inspire and mentor the next generation of musicians.


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