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Concert in Granada, Spain

Saxophone and Guitar duo, Chika and Scott appeared in a concert in Granada, Spain on August 4th at the concert hall in Centro Federico Garcia Lorca


Hello from Lonestar Music Camp in Texas!

At Lonestar Music Camp in Argyle, TX near Dallas, I was so thrilled to meet so many aspiring saxophone musicians! Many thanks to fellow Vandoren artists, Justin Justin Pierce and Dr. Andy Wright for having me join an awesome camp!


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As a Vandoren Regional Artist, Chika offers free Vandoren clinics to all students across California.

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Franz Peter Schubert - Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D. 821
Arranged for Alto Saxophone and Piano
I. Allegro moderato

André Waignein- Rhapsody for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra (Piano) - mvt. I

Chika Inoue


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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Updated: 2017-03-10

Upcoming Events


Oct 9 Vandoren Masterclass & Clinic Long Beach, CA, United States
Oct 14 Vandoren Masterclass & Clinic Anaheim, CA, United States
Oct 18 Vandoren Masterclass & Clinic Los Angeles, CA, United States
Nov 12 Chika & Scott - Mt. San Antonio Gardens Pomona, CA, United States
Nov 16 Chika & Scott - American Guitar Society Riverside, CA United States


March 28 SAT Brooklyn Chamber Orch -Milhaud, Glazanov, Weill Brooklyn, NY, United States
<Chika will be appearing as a soloist in A. Glazunov - Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra & D. Milhaud - La création du monde >

Jul 16-Aug 6      CSU Summer Arts in Granada        Granada, Spain

Past Events

July 29-Aug15      CSU Summer Arts in Granada        Granada, Spain       

July14-July20 Tour: Barcelona, Gerona, Mallorca Spain

May 18 SAT Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra - Sax Concerto Brooklyn, NY, United States

April 22-23 Clinics and Masterclass San Diego Area, CA, United States

May 2-5 THU LA Phil - Emanuel Ax Plays Mozart Los Angeles, CA, United States - Walt Disney Concert Hall

April 20 SAT LA Phil - Toyota Symphony: Ravel’s Bolero Los Angeles, CA, United States - Walt Disney Concert Hall

April 20 SAT Mason Concert Series Santa Monica, CA, United States

April 13 SAT Concert: Chika & Scott Bakersfield, CA, United States

April 12 FRI Concert: Chika & Scott Fresno, CA, United States

April 11 THU Concert: Chika & Scott San Jose, CA, United States

April 10 WED Concert: Chika & Scott San Francisco, CA, United States

April 9 TUE Concert: Chika & Scott Sonoma, CA, United States

April 6 SAT LA Phil - Toyota Symphony: Ravel’s Bolero Los Angeles, CA, United States - Walt Disney Concert Hall

MAR 23 sat Mu Phi Epsilon Austin - Concert Austin, TX, United States


DEC 24 mon Christmas Eve Trio Concert Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan - Settsukyo Saal 

NOV 23-25 LA Phil - Stanley Kubrick’s Sound Odyssey Los Angeles, CA, United States - Walt Disney Concert Hall

NOV 17 fri         LA Phil - Fluxus: Fluxconcert                                           Los Angeles, CA, United States - Walt Disney Concert Hall


John Williams Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Piano I. Closing 

John Williams Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Piano II. Reflections

John Williams Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Piano III. Joy Ride

M.Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte for Saxophone and piano


Coming Soon…!

Chika is working on getting her sheet music arrangement for saxophone and piano or ensemble published soon, here on the website! In the meantime, get the latest news by subscribing to her newsletter!