Hiroe Yasui Souillart


Top prize winner at the 2008 Tokyo International Wind and Percussion Competition and first Japanese saxophonist to enter the Paris Conservatoire 3rd cycle, Hiroe Yasui pursues a double musical career in France and in Japan.

Having first studied with Nobuya Sugawa and Kazuo Tomioka at the Tokyo Geidai University, Hiroe Yasui entered the graduate cycle of Claude Delangle’s Paris Conservatoire saxophone class and the free improvisation and chamber music classes of the same institution. Devoted to contemporary performance, Hiroe Yasui has helped to create works making use of new technologies, collaborating with IRCAM’s composers amoung others. Her work has resulted in the birth of new works combining music with visual media, most notably Masakazu Natsuda’s Danse sacrée, danse profane au Pays d’extreme Orient, commissionned and premiered with Claude Delangle (first performance in May 2012, Paris).

Prizewinner at several international competitions (1st prizes at Adolphe Sax-Paris and UFAM international competitions, 2nd prize at the Nova Gorica international saxophone competition), Hiroe Yasui has received grants from the foundations Nomura (Japan) and Meyer (France).

Particularly interested in orchestral playing, she has performed with the most important orchestras of Japan. She regularly plays with the Siena Wind Orchestra and recently participated in a recording in Tokyo, directed by Yutaka Sado.

An active chamber musician, Hiroe Yasui performs with piano, voice and electronics and with the duo Atyopsis (Alexandre Souillart, saxophone and Matthieu Acar, prepared piano). With the duo Atyopsis, she was invited to the Lima International Contemporary Music Festival (Peru), where the trio gave world premieres of five new works by Latin American composers – a concert project that was later regiven in Columbia.

Hiroe Yasui teaches the saxophone at the Vannes Conservatoire (Western France) and in the Paris region. Since 2011, she has taught at the Bretagne International Saxophone Academy.