Hidè Takemoto



Official home page for Japanese classical guitarist and composer Hidè Takemoto.

Inspired by his guru, the great virtuoso and composer Keigo Fujii, Hidè’s guitar technique can be traced back via José Luis Gonzaléz, Andrés Segovia, Miguel Llobet to the great Francisco Tárrega.

Hidè studied at Osaka College of Music and Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Robert Brightmore, David Miller, Daniel Schroyens, Judith Bingham, as well as master classes of David Russell, Shin-ichi Fukuda and Michael Tröster.

Hidè’s wide influences come from classical, rock (X Japan, Dream Theater, Steve Vai), Indian and Japanese music, giving him a unique and original style of performance and composition.





  • KEIGO FUJII  ---  Hidè's guru Keigo's website (Japanese only). Keigo studied with Ichiro Okamoto, José Luis Gonzalez and David Russell and also at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama under Carey Blyton (composition) and Oscar Espla National Conservatory. Won numerous prize including Ramirez, Orence, Maria Canals, M. Giuliani International Competitions. Invited jury at the Tárrega International Guitar Competition in 2001. He teaches at Osaka College of Music, Japan and his compositions are internationally available, including The Legend of Hagoromo.



  • DAVID RUSSELL  ---  Grammy-Award winner, classical guitarist David Russell's official website.


  • HIBIKI ICHIKAWA  ---  is the only professional player of Tsugaru Shamisen (Japanese 3-stringed-guitar) in the U.K. In 2015, Hibiki has qualified to perform under the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa, that is granted to only limited honors artists and he is now officially recognised as a world-leading talent of Tsugaru shamisen. 


  • SIAN JAMES  ---  is one of Wales' leading female traditional folk singers, as well as a singer-songwriter, an excellent Celtic and classical harpist, and a pianist. Hidè's arrangements of Welsh folk songs are very much influenced by her recording 'Pur (Pure)' - 2000 - BOS RECORDS.  



  • HIDE'S OFFICIAL BLOG  ---  Hidè's Official Blog (Japanese only)