Chika Inoue

ENGLISH / 英語

Concert saxophonist, Chika Inoue (井上知香) has been praised for her "beautiful tone, acute sensitivity and virtuosic technique." She has received numerous performance awards in competitions, lavishing praise as a soloist and chamber musician. Chika has performed internationally at major venues, appearing as soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Germany, Italy, China, and Japan with lavishing admiration. She has been a featured performing artist in international festivals such as The Faenza International Saxophone Festival in Italy, and The Yamaha Saxophone Festival in Japan. Additionally, she was recitalist and master class teacher at The International China Clarinet, and Saxophone Music Festival in Taiyuan, China and University of Arts, Berlin (UdK). She is on-call saxophonist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 

Chika actively looks beyond the standard saxophone repertoire for works that allow the saxophone to shine, continuously transcribing and performing works of violin, clarinet, oboe, flute, voice and piano, expanding the limits of the saxophone technique and artistry. Although her concentration has primarily been on classical music, her phenomenal musicianship is embraced by jazz, film, ethnic folk, rock and electronic musical genres in her concerts.

A native of Osaka, Japan, Chika spent most of her youth in Frankfurt, Germany and San Diego, California.  She has won first prize laureate at the Japan International League of Artists Music Competition, the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Young Artists Competition, Redlands Bowl Young Artist Competition, Fresno Musical Club Bell T. Richie Award, and the Beverly Hills National Auditions. A graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music (D.M.A.), California State University, Fresno (M.A.), and UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music (B.A.), Chika is dedicated to sharing her knowledge with students. She is currently on faculty at Los Angeles City College as well as the California State University, Dominguez Hills. 

Chika is Conn-Selmer Performing Artist endorsed by Henri Selmer Paris saxophones, LefreQue artist, and uses exclusively Vandoren reeds, mouthpieces and ligatures. She is committed to sharing classical saxophone music and its diverse capabilities across the spectrum of music with audiences worldwide. She is currently based in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. 

 
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JAPANESE / 日本語

大阪・高槻市生まれ。
ヨーロッパとアメリカに幼少期より在住。サンディエゴの高校時代にサクソフォンを手にし、マーチングバンド、吹奏楽、ジャズに親しむ。
アメリカの名門大学カリフォルニア大学ロサンゼルス校(UCLA)ハーブ・アルパート音楽学校、カリフォルニア州立大学フレズノ校大学院を経て、南カリフォルニア大学(USC)ソーントン音楽学校博士課程を修了。

アジア、ヨーロッパ、アメリカで幅広く活動し、クラシック音楽界では偉大な可能性を秘めるサクソフォン音楽の普及に力を注いでいる。
日本国際芸術連盟より奨励賞と審査員特別賞を受賞を受賞、La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Young Artists
Competitionなど数多くのコンクールに於いて優勝を果たし、アメリカを中心にソリストとして数々のオーケストラや楽団と共演を果たす。また、ビバリーヒルズ・コンサートシリーズの演奏家の一人に選出され、アメリカ各所でリサイタルを行い好評を博す。

現在はロサンゼルスを拠点とし、クラシカル・サクソフォンを中心にジャズ、ロック、民族音楽のジャンルやスタジオミュージシャンとして幅広く活動中。グスターボ・ドゥダメルが音楽監督を務めるロサンゼルス・フィルハーモニックでサクソフォンを担当している。カリフォルニア州立大学にて音楽科と人文学科の講師の傍ら、ロサンゼルスシティーカレッジで後進の指導を行っている。セルマーパリ・サクソフォン アーティスト、リーフレック 管楽器アクセサリー アーティスト。

Updated: 2017-03-10