The 11th Competition


Ken-ichi Furube (oboe)

Principal Oboist of the New Japan Philharmonic

Born in Osaka, Japan, Ken-ichi Furube began to study the oboe at the age of fifteen. In 1991, just twenty-two years old and still a student at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Furube was appointed principal oboe with the New Japan Philharmonic, one of Japan’s leading orchestras. A superlative technique and profound musicality allow Furube to explore and perform a wide and varied repertoire, ranging from baroque to contemporary. He has performed with many prestigious orchestras not only in Japan but internationally and also dedicates himself to chamber music. Collaborating with Daisuke Suzuki (guitar), Furube has been active beyond all genres. He received the 10th Idemitsu Music Prize.