Shun Kumagai was born in Sendai City, Miyagi in 1991. His passion for music stems back in the days playing the tuba in his elementary school brass band at the age of ten. Then he received a surprise gift of a second hand saxophone from his father who saw his son’s passion for music. Shun learnt the basic technique from Osamu Sato, a former teacher at YAMAHA.
At the age of 15 when he was struggling over high-school entrance examination, he came across Masahiro Fujioka’s performance on a midnight television program. Hearing his performance, he began pursuing a career as professional musician. When he was 18, he studied with Yusaburo Ichinohe to learn a specific style of jazz called the Bebop. Two years later he entered Koyo Conservatory in Kobe after graduating from Department of Electrical Engineering, Sendai National College of Technology Natori Campus. He continued to study with Yusaburo Ichinohe, he also studied with Randall Conners and Mitsuiro Furuya in Kobe.
He was recognized for his outstanding academic and musical achievement, and was chosen as a scholarship student at Koyo Conservatory. He based himself around Kansai area, performing in various jazz festivals, ferries, and jazz bars. He was the first runner-up in the Second Niigata Jazz Contest in 2013, and performed in the final round stage at Kobe Next Jazz Competition.
He is studying at Berklee College of Music from September 2014, after successfully been accepted at its audition earlier in the year. He was chosen as one of the first three recipient of the TOMODACHI Suntory Music Scholarship, and will continue to work in partnership with Suntory and the TOMODACHI Initiative.
Since he enrolled in Berklee, he performed many places and he also performed in from of Caroline Kennedy, U.S. Ambassador to Japan and performed before Nobuyuki Tsujii, winner of the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, performed.
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Experience & Education
in Contemporary Music, Saxophone major at Koyo Conservatory of Music2012 to 2014 (2 years)