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Tokyo, Japan (1993 – present)

Kaori Muraji (村治佳織, Muraji Kaori, born 14 April 1978 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese classical guitarist.
Her first guitar lessons were from her father, Noboru Muraji, when she was 3 years old. She won the top prize at the 1989 Junior Guitar Contest, and was the winner of the Student Guitar Competition in two consecutive years 1989 and 1991. She was the youngest ever student to win the Leo Brouwer International Guitar Concours and Tokyo International Guitar Concours in 1992.

Her debut recital was in March 1993 at Tsuda Hall in Tokyo. In October her first album “Espressivo” was released from Victor Entertainment of whom she is an exclusive artist. In January 1995, her second album “Gleensleeves” was released. In July 1996, her third album “Sinfonia” was released. In March 1995 she was given the 5th Idemitsu Music Awards.
She played Rodrigo’s Aranjuez Concert in 3 concerts with Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI conducted by Guido Guida in May/June 1996, this time in Torino, with television on RAI throughout Italy, which met with great public and critical acclaim. In 1997, her fourth album “Pastorale”, in 1998 her fifth album “Cavatina” were became best sellers and met with excellent reviews.

She has released 19 CDs and 3 DVDs so far in her 14 year career.

Her brother Soichi Muraji is also a notable classical guitarist.

Official site: www.officemuraji.com

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