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Sayaka NOGUCHI.

Born in Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture and currently residing in Tokyo. She started studying piano from the age of four and saxophone from the age of 16, after being introduced to it in a junior high school wind band. She graduated from Tokyo College of Music; during her studies, she passed the Tokyo College of Music Solo and Chamber Music audition and performed at the solo division of the consecutive concert as well as at her graduation concert. She completed the Diploma Course at the Tokyo Music & Media Arts Shobi Conservatoire and was a semi-finalist at the 2nd Jean-Marie Rondex International Competition. As a member of "D-SAX", she was invited by the French classical saxophonist Fabrice Moretti to perform in Paris and Epinal. She has studied saxophone with Fumiyoshi Maezawa, Hitoshi Nakamura, Otis Murphy and Kazuyuki Hayashida, chamber music with Yushi Ishiwata, Yoshiyuki and Mariko Hattori and jazz with Rick Overton and Atsushi Ikeda.

She is currently active as a freelance session musician in solo, chamber, wind band, orchestra, stage music, studio and live performances, as well as in teaching a younger generation of musicians. In addition to performing in concert halls, she has also been involved in activities of the Music for Children organization including music appreciation events at kindergartens, schools and other educational institutions, has collaborated with artists from different genres, has given concerts at various public facilities and private corporations and has participated in many other musical events.

She has given solo recitals in 2013 and 2019 and is a member of the saxophone and piano music group D-SAX, the saxophone quartets Color Saxophone Quartet and Serendipity Saxophone Quartet and the piano and saxophone duo La Nature. She is a regular artist at the Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum and at the Yokohama Royal Wing restaurant cruise ship, has taught saxophone at Shimamura Gakki and Gunma Music Academy and is also a registered Yamaha instructor.

Birthday: August 3, 1982

Favorite things: Indian Curry, Sweetness, Animals, Plants...

Hobbies: Painting, Cooking...

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