クラシックギターをパリ国立高等音楽院およびパリ国際音楽大学に学ぶ。これまで小林勝夫、岡本一郎、アレクサンドル・ラゴヤ、ミシェル・サダノフスキー各氏に師事。柔らかく流麗な音楽表現を武器にバロックから現代前衛音楽まで幅広いレパートリーをこなす。通常のギターのほか特殊な11 弦ギターを用い、常に多彩な「響き」を追究、2012 年、全編11 弦演奏によるCD「≠Forlorne Hope」を発表。
2018年、初中級レベルの作品をあえて集めた問題作「Jeux Interdits」を発表、話題を呼ぶ。

Kozo Kanatani was born in Kobe in 1966 and began the guitar at age 10 under the direction of Katsuo Kobayashi and Ichiro Okamoto. He went to France in 1984 where he studied at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris under Alexandre Lagoya and Carel Harms, and at the Universite Musicale Internationale de Paris under Michel Sadanowsky. He also participated in Leo Brouwer’s masterclasses in the south of France and the Netherlands. During his studies abroad, he appeared on Radio France’s modern music program and was involved in the performance of many new works. In Paris in 1989 at the Salle Cortot, he gave his debut recital with a modern music program. He has won numerous awards in domestic and international competitions, including first place at the 2nd Chanterelle International Guitar Competition and third at the 43rd Tokyo International Guitar Competition (the highest for a guitarist from Japan). With a wide repertoire spanning music from the Baroque, Classical, and modern periods, Kozo Kanatani is highly acclaimed for his aesthetics of sound and for his refined artistic expression, both tools which he uses for communicating his great love for music. Since 2011 he has started performing on the eleven-string guitar to explore new soundscapes.

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