- Instrument: Saxophone
Azusa Ono is currently studying in Master of Performance at the Royal College of Music with Kyle Horch. she has experience across various genres from jazz to classical music, and premiering contemporary pieces which crossovers wide range of music. She studied in Tokyo at Kunitachi College of Music(BMus), where she learned with Keiji Shimoji and Norihiko Takiue.
In 2008, as a member of MARY saxophone quartet, she won Second Prize in the Saxophone Ensemble Contest in Japan. She also appeared on the Japanese TV programme Schola which is presented by Ryuichi Sakamoto in 2011 and “Musica Piccolino” in 2014 which both were broadcasted from NHK. She took part in the Brass Orchestra whilst at the Kunitachi College of Music and performed with Mark Scatterday from the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Francois Boulanger from Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine. And then she has toured south-eastern Asian countries including Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore as a member of the Brass Orchestra in 2014. In 2015, she joined the Saxophone Orchestra which performed in World Saxophone Congress at Strasbourg. Azusa has participated in masterclass with Jonathan Helton, Calefax, and Marcus Weiss.
Azusa belonged to the big band New Tide Jazz Orchestra at the Kunitachi College of Music and won First Prize in Yamano Big Band Jazz Contest in 2012. She led the band and organized the release of their CD New Life – Start in Life – (Frolestan) in 2013. Azusa’s activities with the band ranged from concerts for local audiences to the Tokyo Jazz Festival, the biggest jazz festival in Japan.
She has performed in Lunchtime Concert at St. Mary Abbots Church. Also she joins in PG quartet. The quartet has performed at Southbank Centre and one of Cadogan Hall 2016 Rising Stars in 2016. Azusa has been awarded The Musicians’ Company Lambert Studentship.