Kazuhito Yamashita

Real Name:
山下和仁
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Japanese classical guitarist born on March 25, 1961 in Nagasaki. His technique and expression are highly acclaimed. By the age of 32, Yamashita had already released 52 albums, including repertoires for solo guitar, guitar concertos, chamber music and collaborations with other renowned musicians such as James Galway. To date, he has released 83 albums.

Yamashita began to study the guitar at the age of eight with his father, Toru Yamashita. In 1972, aged eleven, he won the Kyushu Guitar Competition. Four years later, he was awarded First Prize in the All Japan Guitar Competition. In 1977, 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 1978, Yamashita made his debut in Japan and, in the following year, traveled to Europe. While still in his twenties, he made his first appearances in Canada's Toronto International Guitar Festival and gave a solo recital in the Musikverein (Grosser Saal) in Vienna, he also performed in the US and UK. He gave solo recitals in concert halls around the world such as the Lincoln Center and has performed with a variety of orchestras and conductors in Europe, North America and Asia.

Yamashita's early arrangements of Pictures at an Exhibition, Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, Dvořák's New World Symphony no. 9 in E Minor, and others, broke boundaries in terms of solo guitar expression and virtuosity.
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RDCE-8 Kazuhito Yamashita - Romance De Amor album art Kazuhito Yamashita Romance De Amor(LP, Ltd) RCA Red Seal RDCE-8 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
SJX-9538 Kazuhito Yamashita - Guitar Recital album art Kazuhito Yamashita Guitar Recital(LP, Album) JVC SJX-9538 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
SJX-9544 Kazuhito Yamashita - Guitar Recital II album art Kazuhito Yamashita Guitar Recital II(LP, Album) JVC SJX-9544 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
Kazuhito Yamashita - Pictures At An Exhibition album art Mussorgsky* - Kazuhito Yamashita Mussorgsky* - Kazuhito Yamashita - Pictures At An Exhibition (Album) RCA Red Seal US 1981 Sell This Version
Kazuhito Yamashita - モダン・コレクション = Modern Collection album art 山下和仁* モダン・コレクション = Modern Collection (Album) Alfa Japan 1982 Sell This Version
RCL-8324 (JRL 1-2011) Kazuhito Yamashita - Concerto In D For Guitar And Orchestra, Op. 61 (Transcribed For Guitar By Kazuhito Yamashita) album art Beethoven*, Kazuhito Yamashita, New Japan Philharmonic, Yukinori Tezuka Beethoven*, Kazuhito Yamashita, New Japan Philharmonic, Yukinori Tezuka - Concerto In D For Guitar And Orchestra, Op. 61 (Transcribed For Guitar By Kazuhito Yamashita)(LP) Red Seal Digital RCL-8324 (JRL 1-2011) Japan 1982 Sell This Version
RL70847 Kazuhito Yamashita - Concerto In D For Guitar And Orchestra, Op. 61 (Transcribed For Guitar By Kazuhito Yamashita) album art Beethoven*, Kazuhito Yamashita, New Japan Philharmonic, Yukinori Tezuka Beethoven*, Kazuhito Yamashita, New Japan Philharmonic, Yukinori Tezuka - Concerto In D For Guitar And Orchestra, Op. 61 (Transcribed For Guitar By Kazuhito Yamashita)(LP) Red Seal Digital RL70847 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
RCL-8301 Kazuhito Yamashita - Music Of Spain album art Kazuhito Yamashita Music Of Spain(LP, Album) RCA Red Seal RCL-8301 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
RL-40908 Kazuhito Yamashita - Musica De España album art Kazuhito Yamashita Musica De España(LP, Promo) RCA Red Seal RL-40908 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
RCL-8379 Kazuhito Yamashita - Sonata album art Kazuhito Yamashita Sonata(LP, Album) RCA RCL-8379 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
RCL-8370 Kazuhito Yamashita - Romantic Collection album art Kazuhito Yamashita Romantic Collection(LP, Album) RCA RCL-8370 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
Kazuhito Yamashita - The Four Seasons album art Kazuhito Yamashita & Larry Coryell Kazuhito Yamashita & Larry Coryell - The Four Seasons (Album) RVC Corporation Japan 1984 Sell This Version
Kazuhito Yamashita - Ponce, Ascencio, Vinas album art Kazuhito Yamashita Ponce, Ascencio, Vinas (Album) BMG Japan 1984 Sell This Version
RCL 8409 Kazuhito Yamashita - Guitar Duo & Solo album art Kazuhito* & Naoko Yamashita (2) Kazuhito* & Naoko Yamashita (2) - Guitar Duo & Solo(LP, Album) RCA RCL 8409 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
RCL-8422 Kazuhito Yamashita - Stravinsky The Firebird album art Kazuhito Yamashita Stravinsky The Firebird(LP, Album) RCA RCL-8422 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
Kazuhito Yamashita - Italian Serenade album art James Galway, Kazuhito Yamashita James Galway, Kazuhito Yamashita - Italian Serenade (Album) RCA Red Seal Europe 1986 Sell This Version
Kazuhito Yamashita - Guitar Concertos album art Vivaldi*Carulli*Giuliani* - Chamber Orchestra Of Leoš Janáček Ostrava*Kazuhito Yamashita Vivaldi*Carulli*Giuliani* - Chamber Orchestra Of Leoš Janáček Ostrava*Kazuhito Yamashita - Guitar Concertos (Album) RCA Victor Gold Seal Europe 1986 Sell This Version
Kazuhito Yamashita - Symphony No.9 "From The New World" / The Firebird: Suite (Transcriptions For Guitar) album art Kazuhito Yamashita, Dvořák*, Stravinsky* Kazuhito Yamashita, Dvořák*, Stravinsky* - Symphony No.9 "From The New World" / The Firebird: Suite (Transcriptions For Guitar) (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal, BMG Music UK & Europe 1989 Sell This Version
RD60355 Kazuhito Yamashita - Guitar Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Concerto For 2 Guitars album art Castelnuovo-Tedesco*Kazuhito Yamashita & Naoko Yamashita*The London Philharmonic OrchestraLeonard Slatkin Castelnuovo-Tedesco*Kazuhito Yamashita & Naoko Yamashita*The London Philharmonic OrchestraLeonard Slatkin - Guitar Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Concerto For 2 Guitars(CD) RCA Red Seal RD60355 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
60355-2-RC Kazuhito Yamashita - Guitar Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Concerto For 2 Guitars album art Castelnuovo-Tedesco*Kazuhito Yamashita & Naoko Yamashita*The London Philharmonic OrchestraLeonard Slatkin Castelnuovo-Tedesco*Kazuhito Yamashita & Naoko Yamashita*The London Philharmonic OrchestraLeonard Slatkin - Guitar Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Concerto For 2 Guitars(CD) RCA Red Seal 60355-2-RC US 1990 Sell This Version
Kazuhito Yamashita - Guitar Quintets album art Boccherini* / Castelnuovo Tedesco*, Kazuhito Yamashita, Tokyo String Quartet Boccherini* / Castelnuovo Tedesco*, Kazuhito Yamashita, Tokyo String Quartet - Guitar Quintets RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal Europe 1991 Sell This Version
CRCC-6 (SCD-2606) Kazuhito Yamashita - 24 Caprichos De Goya Para Guitarra, Op.195 album art Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco*, Kazuhito Yamashita Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco*, Kazuhito Yamashita - 24 Caprichos De Goya Para Guitarra, Op.195(CD, Album) Crown Classics CRCC-6 (SCD-2606) Japan 1991 Sell This Version
09026 60237 2 Kazuhito Yamashita - Galway, Yamashita, Swensen Play Giuliani album art Giuliani*, Galway*, Yamashita*, Swensen* Giuliani*, Galway*, Yamashita*, Swensen* - Galway, Yamashita, Swensen Play Giuliani(CD, Album) RCA Victor Red Seal 09026 60237 2 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
CRCC-7005~9, CRCC-7005, CRCC-7006, CRCC-7007, CRCC-7008, CRCC-7009 Kazuhito Yamashita - Kazuhito Yamashita Plays J. S. Bach album art Kazuhito Yamashita, Johann Sebastian Bach Kazuhito Yamashita, Johann Sebastian Bach - Kazuhito Yamashita Plays J. S. Bach(Box + 5xCD, Album, Promo) Crown Classics, Crown Classics, Crown Classics, Crown Classics, Crown Classics, Crown Classics CRCC-7005~9, CRCC-7005, CRCC-7006, CRCC-7007, CRCC-7008, CRCC-7009 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
CRCC-8003~4 Kazuhito Yamashita - The Complete Suites For Solo Cello BWV.1007-1012 [Guitar Version] album art J.S. Bach* - Kazuhito Yamashita J.S. Bach* - Kazuhito Yamashita - The Complete Suites For Solo Cello BWV.1007-1012 [Guitar Version](2xCD) Crown Classics CRCC-8003~4 US 1993 Sell This Version