Fusion Instructors


Anri

Anri Maruyama

Anri was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. He started playing classical guitar at the age of 11 and switched to electric guitar at the age 13. At the age of 17, after playing in several rock bands as a teenager, he attended Musicians Institute (MI), which sparked his interest in Jazz and improvised music.  In 2006, at the age of 21, Anri got accepted to the renowned German music conservatory Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar. While there, he studied under renowned European guitarist Frank Möbus. During his time at the conservatory he had the opportunity to participate in various master classes and workshops with artists such as John …

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Carl

Carl

Born in the UK, Carl graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London with First class honours. His ‘sparkling technique and amiable musicality that radiates warmth’ (Gramophone) have delighted audiences around the world. Winner of the Julian Bream Prize and the Ivor Mairants Award (for jazz on the classical guitar), his performances in a wide variety of genres are evidence of his exceptional versatility. As a classical guitarist, he has performed concerti such as Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with leading orchestras and was a member of TETRA guitar quartet. However, he has also appeared with jazz giants such as Tim Garland (Chick Corea & The Vigil) and played electric guitar …

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Giovanni

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Giovanni began studying classical guitar at 10 years old and electric at 14.  After his formative years as a heavy metal guitarist, he joined a private college in Rome at the age of 19 to learn other kinds of music such as Blues, Funk, and Jazz. Giovanni had the opportunity to study with, and attend clinics and masterclasses, with many famous professional Italian and international musicians. Upon his graduation, he continued his studies at the conservatory in L’Aquila of renaissance lute, baroque guitar, classical guitar, and other acoustic genres such as Bossa Nova, Gypsy Jazz, Flamenco Rumba, and more. In addition, Giovanni has had a professional career as a performing artist, studio musician, composer, …

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Joe

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Joe was born in Illinois, USA, and spent his formative years in Raleigh, North Carolina. He graduated with top honors from Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA, USA) in 2014. Joe began playing piano from a young age and was involved with his school’s music programs on both guitar and saxophone since the age of 12. His musical talents developed through involvement in the local music scene, teaching private guitar lessons and performing in ensembles including the All-State Jazz Band, as well as his own progressive rock band. During that time he studied guitar with local jazz fusion legend John Wheelis. At Berklee, he studied Contemporary Writing & Production, growing …

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Riccardo

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Riccardo was born in Italy. He started playing classical guitar at the age of 10 and he was admitted to a middle school specializing in music. Riccardo furthered his studies for three years and then applied to a private music school specializing in rock and blues music. He won a scholarship two years in a row with his band “No root” and he had the chance to participate in the European master class “A Young Jazz Prize for Europe”.  After that, Riccardo attended the university of A.Buzzola. He also earned a Master`s degree in jazz guitar studying with some of the best musicians on the Italian jazz scene, such as Bebo …

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Scott

Scott was born in Canada and began playing the guitar at the age of 14 inspired by his older brother. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Humber College one of Canada’s most acclaimed musical institutions. There he studied with Canada’s highly renowned guitarist Lorne Lofsky and played in numerous ensembles owing to his highly proficient level of sight reading. Upon graduation he was a busy freelance musician playing with the likes of The Temptations, The Platters, The Miracles and The Drifters to name a few. He has had the pleasure and honor of playing for audiences from 6 to 6000. Scott is thrilled to be living in Japan …

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