Although being raised out of Japan, Motonaga Hiromu (1974) became fascinated by Japanese culture. After graduating from Sophia University Foreign Language Department and the NHK Academy for Traditional Japanese Music, Motonaga started his musician’s career. This renowned shakuhachi player performed at such events as the Expo 2008 in Spain, Sibiu International Art Festival in Romania, the World Shakuhachi Festival 2008 in Sydney, 2010 Expo in China and many others, visiting more than 30 countries around the world.
His shakuhachi style is based on Kinko-ryu classical music and Honkyoku-meditational music. Motonaga creates modern music using traditional sounds and trends and collaborates with artists of various genres. He has composed more than 20 works for Japanese traditional instruments.