Masanori Fukuda was born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1962. He graduated with honors majoring in euphonium and a postgraduate diploma in performing arts from the Tamagawa University, Senzoku Gakuen College of Music specializing in conducting and a postgraduate diploma in composing from the Tokyo Gakugei University. He also studied with Prof. Toru Miura (Euphonium), Prof. Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Prof. Yoshitomo Kawachi, Prof. Yasuhiko Shiozawa, Mr. Douglas Bostock and Maestro Frederick Fennell (Conducting), Tomoki Tanimoto, Genba Fujita, Yasuhide ito and Masahiro Yamauchi(Composing). After winning 3rd prize in the 6th Japan Wind and Percussion Competition, he was invited to perform in various concerts including recordings with bands such as the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Siena Wind Orchestra, amongst others. He also performs regularly as solo euphoniumist with the Tokyo Brass Society and Euphonium-Tuba Company. He appeared in International Euphonium-Tuba Conference (USA) as a member of The Euphonium Company in 1992. With his passion and pursuit for excellence in music performance, he took part in the conducting master class directed by Maestro Fennell. He won the best conductor prize in the All Japan Band Contest in 2010 and 2012 and was also awarded the Excellent Director Award from Ibaraki Prefecture Band Federation in 2010 and 2000.
In 2013, he was awarded a special commendation from the Japan Band Directors’ Association. He is currently serving as a director with the Japan Euphonium-Tuba Association and Japan Brass Band Directors’ Association, music director of the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music British Brass Band, Sakai Wind symphony, Eastern stars wind ensemble and Tokyo Brass Society.
Thinking about the sound mechanism of musical instruments and the three-dimensionality of ensembles.
A common tendency in wind band scores is to often mix melody, back melody, accompaniment, etc. within a certain same register. This often results in a mixture of these elements, making it difficult for the listener to understand the music. Let us consider how to solve this problem.