"A unique guitarist who knows ‘the world of poetic sentiment’ – a sentiment able to penetrate the hearts of listeners and move them profoundly" – Mr Jiro Hamada (music critic)"
"Mr Kazu Suwa is gifted with the stylistic versatility that allows him to interpret any type of repertoire successfully" – Mompou Foundation, Barcelona"
Kazu Suwa is a London-based Japanese classical guitarist.
His debut CD album ‘Guitar Recital’, received “Semi-Highest Honour” in the Japanese classical music magazine “Record Geijutsu (Art of Records)” in 2015. This album, consisting of 22 pieces of Spanish and South American music, was also highly praised by many music critics, directors of cultural institutions including the Instituto Cervantes and the Embasy of Brazil in London (UK, Spain, Japan, USA, Italy, France, Australia, Canada).
Kazu has been described by one of the world's most respected music critics, Mr Jiro Hamada, as "one of those selected guitarists who hold the key to The world of poetic sentiment: my ideal image of the guitar, and artists of this instrument".
In reference to his unusual guitar transcriptions and recordings of piano works by Spanish/Catalan composer Frederic Mompou, the Mompou Foundation in Barcelona describes Kazu as “a musician in the broadest sense of the word. He possesses notable skill in transcription, adding this facet to his qualities as a player. (…)We should emphasise that Mr Kazu Suwa has produced very faithful arrangements. His precision in interpretation and his quality in sonority indicates to us that the guitar is a perfect instrument to extract the musical essence of each piece”.
Mompou is one of the composers highly respected and revered by Kazu and he has included one of his original guitar transcriptions of Mompou’s piano pieces on his debut album.
Kazu studied classical guitar with the renowned classical guitarist Mikio Hoshido at the Nihon University College of Art in Tokyo. After graduation, he moved to Spain where he continued his studies at the Madrid Royal Conservatory as well as attending a number of masterclasses given by well-known maestri.
Kazu has offered recitals in Japan, Spain and the United Kingdom at various locations.
Kazu is currently working on his next album. At the same time, Kazu's passion for teaching continues and his experience with his few but wide ranging students has convinced him of the holistic benefits of bringing classical guitar into one's life.