Born in Japan, raised in Dublin, Ohio (USA). Shohei always knew he had a special connection to music through out his life. Having piano lessons at an early age from his mother, attending the middle school concert band, always holding on to his Sony Walkman,,,, and he finally found the sound he was looking for when he strummed a simple E minor chord on his father’s guitar. Ever since, he would try to play whatever song that caught his attention…. songs from the hit-chart, TV, movies, from his parents favorite CDs, etc,,,, but especially he was attracted to authentic “guitar music” which had folk and roots influences. He got his first real steel stringed guitar, a Martin D-15 from his father for his 13th birthday. He was astonished by the sound because it sounded just like his favorite recordings he would listen to everyday. After practicing a song or two, he would perform those any time he had the chance…. whether it was just hanging out with friends, school talent show, or little concerts at churches.
He moved to Boston in 2004 to further pursue his musical education at Berklee College of Music. He studied with many prestigious musicians, such as John Mcgann, Walter Beasley, Bob Pilkington, Guy Van Duser, etc. Afterwards, he officially started his guitar career as a solo performer in 2009, playing at local open mics, major venues, fesitvals, company events, universities etc… and getting positive attention. He also performed and worked with many prominent guitar players such as Adam Rafferty, Muriel Anderson, Richard Smith, Tommy Emmanuel and more.
In December 2010, he released his first solo instrumental album, “The Hills Have Ears”. CD includes 8 tracks of solo guitar music, 6 original compositions and 2 original arrangements.
Shohei currently resides in Kyoto, Japan, working as an artist as well as teaching music and English. He is currently plays his custom model Lichty Guitars, hand-made by Mr. Jay Lichty in Tryon, North Calorina
-Won 3rd Place at the 2013 International Fingerstyle Championship at Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas
-Won First Prize and Best Arrangement Award at Japan’s National Finger-Picking Guitar Contest
– Won The Grand Champion of the “Home of the Legends” International Thumb-Picking Contest in Mulenburg, Kentucky