Gunnar Jinmei Linder

Gunnar began to study the shakuhachi after having arrived in Japan in 1985. He was after a short period of time introduced to the master Yamaguchi Gorō (1933–99), the youngest ever designated living national treasure. Yamaguchi-sensei was head of the still active Chikumeisha guild of Kinko-ryū Shakuhachi, the oldest of the existing lineages of shakuhachi.

In 1993 Gunnar received the Japanese Monbukagakushō Scholarship, to study shakuhachi as soloist, at the traditional music conservatoire at Tokyo National University of the Arts (Tokyo Geidai). After two years of studies, Gunnar passed the entrance exam to the Master’s program, and finished with an MA degree as shakuhachi soloist in 1997, the second non-Japanese to do so. Gunnar received his traditional license, shihan, and the name Jinmei (儘盟) from Yamaguchi Gorō in the summer of 1998, right after the first International Shakuhachi Festival to be held outside of Japan, in Boulder CO, USA. Very sadly, Yamaguchi Gorō passed away only months after that.

From 1997 to 2005 Gunnar was professionally active as performer and teacher of shakuhachi in Japan, but also teaching and performing in Europe and the US.

In 2005, after some 20 years of activities in Japan, Gunnar moved to Europe. He is now actively performing and teaching both privately and through regular workshops in Stockholm and Helsinki, and other shakuhachi events. He is working as Associate Professor at the Department of Oriental Languages, Stockholm University, conducting research in thetraditional (or pre-modern) genres of Japanese music. Presently he is studying the structure of some Edo-period music genres, as well as the song texts of the chamber music of the 18th and 19th centuries Japan (so-called jiuta-sōkyoku orsankyoku). Gunnar is also a teacher of shakuhachi at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (KMH).

Event List

  • 08:00 PM Church of St Lawrence under Petřín. Address: Hellichova 553/18, Malá Strana, 118 00 Praha-Praha 1, Czechia
  • 10:00 PM Tower, HAMU. Address: Malostranské nám. 258/13, Malá Strana, 118 00 Praha-Praha 1, Czechia
  • 08:00 PM Martinu Hall, HAMU, Malostranské náměstí 12, 118 00 Praha 1, Czechia