Yu Tamaki Hoso/International Solo Trombonist


A Japanese Solo Trombonist active worldwide, Yu Tamaki expands his activities not only as a trombone soloist, but also orchestra and chamber musician, educator, author and producer. An official artist for Pro Arte Musicae of Tokyo, S.E.Shires Company of the USA and willie's Custom Brass of Yamanashi. 


In January 2018, Yu has departed from his orchestra position in Denmark to concentrate on his soloist career. Ever since, he has been actively traveling between the continents for various events. His highlights of recent years include: solo recitals and masterclasses in Japan, South Korea and Denmark; trombone duo recitals with Ian Bousfield (soloist), Peter Sullivan (Pittsburgh Sym,), Colin Williams (NY Phil.), Brian Hecht (Atlanta Sym.); invitation to International Trombone Festival in USA for a solo recital, ensemble and lecture, creative collaborations with Keisuke Ogido (Ristorante Arte Simposio), Anna Irite (dancer), Yo Yumura (Sanada Co.) , Kenichi Aoyama (painter/videographer); commissioning new works for solo trombone to the world renown composers such as: Samuel Adler, Yasuhide Ito, Miho Hazama, Geoffrey Gordon and Minako Seki, aiming for progressive expansion of musical language of solo trombone. 


1980: Born in Ashiya, Japan

1999: Diploma, Hyogo Pref. Nishimomiya High School, Music Department

2002: Fellow participant, Pacific Music Festival, Principal Trb. under Charles Dutoit

2003: BA of Music, Kyoto City University of Arts, under Shin-ichi Go

2004: Moved to Chicago, the United States

2005-2007: Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Adjunct Professor: Mississippi College

2007-2008: Assistant for Peter Sullivan at Duquesne University of Pittsburgh

2008-2009: Tokyo Opera Nomori Orchestra and Saito Kinen Orchestra (Dir. Seiji Ozawa)

2010-2012: Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra

2012-2013: Hochshule der Künste Bern in Switzerland to study with Ian Bousfield, under a full scholarship granted by the Ministry of Cultural Affair of Japan. Study completed with Auszeichnung (En: highest distinction)

2013-2018: Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester (South Denmark Philharmonic)

2018- : International Solo Trombonist


Prizewinner of following international competitions.

1st Place: 26th Japan Wind and Percussion Competition, the unanimous highest scores by all seven jurors

Diploma: 45th Markneukirchen International Competition

2nd Place: 6th Jeju International Brass Competition

2nd Place: 8th Tokyo Music Competition


As a soloist, Yu has had frequent appearances with Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo City Philharmonic, Tokyo New City Orchestra and others. Yu has given many solo recitals in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Kyoto, Ibaraki, Shimane), USA, Switzerland, Denmark and South Korea. Also various Trombone Societies' have invited him for their events, such as International Trombone Festival of USA, Japan Trombone Association, Kansai Trombone Association, Shonan Trombone Association and Okayama Trombone Association. First solo album "Love and Chaos" released in 2018. Second album "Colors for Trombone" and first single "Game from An;G;El" were released in 2019 and both are available on iTunes/Apple Music and other streaming services.


As an active educator, Yu has held lectures, clinics and master classes in all Japan's major cities. Yu has had the rare opportunity to earn international education in Japan, United States and Europe. These experiences put him in a position to offer a unique perspective and broader opportunity to the next generation and future of Japan. Since 2014, he has been conducting workshops for young professionals. Fully sponsored by Tokyo metropolitan government in 2016, and by Pro Arte Musicae and Shinjuku ward office of Tokyo, held as the Ian Bousfield/Yu Tamaki Trombone Academy.


Yu has written monthly articles on "Band Journal"(Ongaku No Tomo Sha Co.), "Challenging to the World"(30 issues) in 2014-2016 and "One Point Lessons"(12 issues) in 2012-2013. Also he has been featured on interviews in the "Pipers" (Sugihara Shoten Co.) for their many issues.


As a chamber musician,  Yu is a member of Trombone Duo "Tama-Shimizu", "4 TenorBones Japan" Trombone Quartet, "Slide Japan" Trombone Octet.