Tsuyoshi Honjo, Saxophone

Tsuyoshi Honjo

A saxophone and clarinet player, Tsuyoshi Honjo, a native of Iwate, Japan received a Bachelor of Music in jazz guitar and music theory from the Berklee College of Music and a Master of Music in Modern American Music and Artist Diploma in classical saxophone from the Longy School of Music. He also received a Doctor of Musical Arts for the saxophone from Boston University. Tsuyoshi attended Darmstadt Contemporary Music Institute in Germany and Habanera Saxophone Academy in France.

Honjo has appeared in numerous ensembles including Alea III, Juventas, Habanera Academy Saxophone Ensemble, and Waltham Philharmonic as a soloist. He has been active as a classical, jazz, and contemporary improvisation saxophonist and clarinetist, which he has performed in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, and Thailand. He has appeared in numerous music festivals including Seamus Electro-Acoustic Music Festival (USA) and Ogikubo Classical Music Festival (Japan).

As a jazz player, Tsuyoshi has performed with Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, John Tchicai (from John Coltrane’s group), Dave Bryant (from Ornette Coleman’s Pritme Time), Phil Markowitz, and many others. As a classical player, Honjo has premiered works by Stockhausen, Boulez, Diana Rotaru, Georgia Spiropoulos, Peter Evans, and Curtis Hughes. Honjo has received numerous awards from international competitions including the 3rd prize from the International Chamber Music Competitions and Espoir Award from the International Osaka Music Competition. Tsuyoshi is an educator and has given lectures for North American Saxophone Alliance, Boston Conservatory, Boston University, and Longy School of Music, and has coached a variety of ensembles and small groups.

Honjo specializes in contemporary music and extended techniques of wind instruments as well as improvisation.