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.

Concert in Cambridge - Video Upload

Performance of Y Deryn Pur - The Pure Bird, Yr Eneth Gadd ei Gwrthod - The Girl who was Refused, Midnight Express and Man in the Mirror have been uploaded on video

Two Welsh Folk Songs (Y Deryn Pur & Yr Eneth Gadd ei Gwrthod) were my arrangement heavily inspired by Welsh singer/harpist Sian James’ recording of ‘Pur (Pure)’.

“Your performance was so very beautiful - you made me cry.” … Sian James, July 2012