Musical career[ edit ] Yamashita began to study the guitar at the age of eight with his father, Toru Yamashita. In , aged eleven, he won the Kyushu Guitar Competition. In , he won three important international competitions - the Ramirez in Spain, the Alessandria in Italy and Paris Radio France Competition, being the youngest winner ever recorded. In , Yamashita made his debut in Japan and, in the following year, traveled to Europe. Petersburg Philharmonia Grand Hall,  and has performed with a variety of orchestras and conductors in Europe, North America and Asia.
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Chitarra Lampo, Libri di musica per chitarra con Tablature. Kazuhito Yamashita. Come registrato nel disco dal fenomeno della chitarra, Kazuhito Yamashita. Promenade -gnomus -promenade -Il vecchio castello -the tuileries -bydlo -promenade -ballet of the little chickens -Samuel Goldenberg und Schmuyle -a market place in Limonges -catacombae -the hut of baba-yaga -the bohatyr gate of Kiev. By transcribing well known pieces of orchestral music for solo guitar he has encouraged a trend which could make classical guitar much more appealing and accessible to concert programmers and the general concert going audience.
The guitar is a wonderful instrument. There are infinite possibilities in its expression. I am very lucky to have found such a rich instrument and put my heart into creating music with it.
The excellence of the guitar has been mentioned since old times, but it was rapidly proven by great artists who appeared in this century such as maestro Andres Segovia. Moreover, its world is still expanding: the music played on the guitar extends from Renaissance to the present age, and the value of the guitar is recognized little by little in the fields of solos, concertos, chamber music, ensembles and accumpaniments. The problem of limited repertoire is gradually being solved by the works of modern composers and excellent arrangements.
The art of performance also extends its possibilities. Furthermore, the works include not only small ones, but large pieces are appearing as well. And it seems that the guitar is going tn occupy an important place also in classical music. Under such circumstance, I have always sought, from childhood, possibilities of more large-scale expression than that which exists.
I employed the manner of dynamic and symphonic expression, and tried many other ways in order to give a performance filled with a modern sense and to play longer pieces on the guitar, this most expressive solo instrument. Consequently, I strongly desire now to create the music more closely approaching the essence of art. Mussorgsky, a great Russian composer. This idea occured to me the spring before last. Through this very fascinating music, I wanted to realize my childhood wish. Certainly, I met with various problems beyond expression caused by my inexperience.
Since the decision to publish was very difficult for me, 1 followed the precious advice of my father, my most familiar teacher, and Prof. Kajiro Kobune, composer and conductor. Afterwards, with the help of the persons concerned, many recitals were held, plus recordings and my first publication. I express here my gratitude for their kindness.