International Artists

Shintaro Yabe

Shintaro Yabe

Yabe hails from Shizuoka Prefecture. He graduated at the top of his class in 1998 with a degree in saxophone performance from Kunitachi College of Music (Tokyo). He performed that same year at his college's graduate concert, the Yamaha New Faces Concert, and at the Suntory Hall Rainbow21 debut concert. Yabe was also an awarded finalist in  the 1995 Japan Soloist  Contest.

In 2000, he completed graduate course studies at Shizuoka University, and earned the Honorable Mention prize at the first Gustav Bumcke International Saxophone Competition in Dortmund, Germany.

Yabe's career transcends genres. He has performed in settings ranging from solo recitals and chamber music to orchestras, wind ensembles, live-house jazz, and rock band dates.

He has studied saxophone under Yuji Ishiwata, Keiji Shimoji, Yoshiyuki Hattori, Atsuyasu Kitayama, Nobuya Sugawa, Yasuto Tanaka, and Fabrice Morietti. In addition, he has participated in master classes led by Masato Kumoi, J.M. Londeix, E. Rousseau, J.Y. Fourmeau, and J. Ledieu.

Currently Yabe serves as a part-time instructor at Tokoha Gakuen Junior College and Shizuoka Shimizu-minami High School.