Archive for June, 2011

Greetings all,

Here’s something a little different for you all that you really should check out if you are in or around the area of Tauranga next weekend.

This is a charity concert put together by local artist and performer – Hiro Kobayashi

It’s for a great cause and I am sure that they will put on a fantastic round of performances.

You can find out a little more about Hiro at the bottom of this post – he comes highly recommended.

Hiro Kobayashi was born in Japan and has been living in New Zealand since 2005.

In Japan, he was a principal trumpet player with Jeunesses Musicales du Japon Orchestra (yearly selected youth orchestra, under 30 years old) several years in Tokyo. He studied trumpet with Miroslav Kejmar, former principal trumpet player of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, and Tsuyoshi Hirabayashi, freelance trumpet player in Tokyo.  His performances were on TV with Jeunesses Orchestra (NHK) and TV advertisement, Suntory Wine “RESERVE” in Japan.
In New Zealand, he has performed for Tauranga Big Band, Tauranga Musical Theatre, , Tauranga Civic Choir, Tauranga Performing Art Trust, Opus Chamber Orchestra and several brass bands (Tauranga, New Plymouth, Manukau, Whakatane, Matamata  and Waitakere). As a soloist, he has performed concertos with Bay of Plenty Symphonia and United Youth Orchestra.  And also he is performing with a professional brass quintet, Waikato Brass Quintet in Hamilton.

Hiro is an excellent trumpeter and a fine musician. As an orchestral player he shows mastery of the idiom, and in chamber music he always contributes to the ensemble with sensitivity and musicality. Not only is he a oustanding exponent of the standard Bb and C trumpets, but excels in the demanding piccolo and Eb instruments. I recommend that you make the effort to hear him as soloist – you will not be disappointed.  Rupert D’Cruze – Conductor and Trombonist

It gives me great pleasure to endorse the efforts of trumpet player Hiro Kobayashi in organising a fundraising concert for the earthquake-ravaged citizens of our Japanese Sister City, Hitachi.  Usually when we contribute to a worthy cause we do so without expectation of any form of return for our generosity of spirit other than the pleasure of giving and of providing much needed assistance. In this case we stand to gain more than we have given because, in addition to his own considerable talents on offer, Hiro has assembled an exceptional line-up of local musicians to support him in what promises to be an outstanding and varied concert. For those people who have had anything to do with Hiro and his lovely wife Yasumi since they chose to live and work in Tauranga, it feels like the most natural form of Karma to give something back to the country that has given Tauranga such an outstanding gift as the Kobayashis. Since their arrival they
have been an integral and important part the Brass Band, Orchestral and Big Band music scenes and have accumulated an enormous number of friends and admirers as both musicians and citizens. I urge you to support their concert. You will be well rewarded.  Murray Mason – Director Tauranga Big Band