San Diego Guitar Festival Opening Night featuring Shin-Ichi Fukuda
Inamori Pavilion, Japanese Friendship Garden
Friday, April 20, 2018 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

 Shin-Ichi Fukuda

On April 20, 2018, San Diego Guitar Festival (SDGF) and Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) will join forces to present Japan’s premier classical guitarist, Shin-Ichi Fukuda, in a 7pm concert at the Inamori Pavilion for the opening night of SDGF’s third anniversary season.

His first-time performance in San Diego, Fukuda has prepared a concert featuring a program of modern Japanese music, including a new work dedicated to him in 2017, as well as a selection of works by the leading 20th-century Japanese composer, Toru Takemitsu.

Fukuda will be playing on a new, custom built guitar, specially designed for him by the legendary Japanese guitar builder, Masaki Sakurai, to celebrate his 50th anniversary of guitar making.

As a celebration of Japanese arts and culture, a pre-concert introduction will be presented by architect Kotaro Nakamura, who designed the Inamori Pavilion inspired by a traditional architectural style of Japan. Guests will be able to purchase wine and beer before the concert and tour the lush garden. Following the concert, guests will have the opportunity to meet the artist during a catered reception, included in the price of a VIP ticket.

This program at the Inamori Pavilion is part of a two-day SDGF residency which marks the conclusion of Fukuda’s first tour of the U.S.A. in 18 years and includes a different program at Carlsbad’s Schulman Auditorium on Saturday night April 21, 7-8 pm, and two classes open to the public at SDSU.

SDGF promotes guitar artistry through educational opportunities and performances presented by world-class artists. Accessible to the community, the festival engages the next generation of guitarists and guitar enthusiasts in the Southern California region.

Ticket prices and parking

General Admission ... $35
Preferred Seating with         
Catered Meet the Artist Reception... $60

Limited preferred parking is available for $20
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About Shin-Ichi Fukuda

Born in Osaka, Japan in 1955, Shin-ichi Fukuda started his musical studies on piano and later classical guitar at the age of 11 under the tutelage of the late Maestro Tatsuya Saito. After 10 years of musical education in Japan, he moved to Europe to study at “L'Ecole Normal de la Musique” in Paris. He then traveled to Accademia Chigiana in Siena where he graduated with the highest honor. A dedicated teacher, Mr. Fukuda’s teaching career spans three decades with regular master classes around the world and multiple guest professor positions including Shanghai Conservatory, Osaka Music College, Elisabeth University of Music, Alicante Guitar Master in Spain, and Showa Music University. A prolific recording artist in his own right, to this day, Mr. Fukuda has released a total of 84 albums since his record debut in 1984. 

Shin-Ichi's Fukuda work is available on major music platforms like Spotify and Pandora.

For a sample of his work check out the video below.


About the San Diego Guitar Festival

The San Diego Guitar Festival brings together an extraordinary, diverse group of internationally celebrated guitar artists and pedagogues. San Diego will be host to an array of performances, masterclasses, and demonstrations that will enthrall guitarists, students, music educators, and enthusiasts alike. Becoming a premier destination for international guitar performance and for the world's finest guitar educators, San Diego Guitar Festival artists will share their insight and artistry with the next generation of guitarists.

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