Discover the Traditional Music of Japan

A 3-day event to discover the world of traditional Japanese music throughout the centuries, from the Edo period through to today through three of its emblematic instruments: shakuachi, koto and shamisen.

Thursday, December 12, 2019
Exploring the shakuhachi and Japanese songs with school groups from Montigny-le-Bretonneux (pupils only)

Emmanuelle Rouaud – shakuhachi
Eulalie Buyck – director of choir
Time: 9h-11h
Location: tba

Friday, December 13, 2019
Concert at the Franco-Japanese Cultural Institute of Montigny-le-Bretonneux (reserved for students of the Institute)

Emmanuelle Rouaud – shakuhachi
Naoko Kikuchi – koto, shamisen
Time: 14h-15h
Location: 7 Rue Jean Pierre Timbaud, 78180 Montigny-le-Bretonneux

Presentation and demonstration of koto, shamisen and shakuhachi (free admission)

Naoko Kikuchi – koto, shamisen
Emmanuelle Rouaud – shakuhachi
Time: 18h-19h30
Location: Jacques BREL Room, 4 Rue de la Mare aux Carats, 78180, Montigny-le-Bretonneux

Rehearsal for Theater Sotoba Komachi (Five modern Nô plays by Yukio Mishima)
Student actors, directed by Manon Conan
Time: 19h30-20h30
Location: Jacques BREL Room, 4 Rue de la Mare aux Carats, 78180, Montigny-le-Bretonneux

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Naoko Kikuchi – koto, voice and shamisen
Emmanuelle Rouaud – shakuhachi
Time: 11h Location: Canal Mediatheque, Quai François Truffaut, 78180 Montigny-le-Bretonneux

Winter Concert – Traditional Japanese Music

Part 1: Ensemble for silver flute, guitars and harps, Japanese music workshop, children’s choir and theater group cycle
Part 2: Concert – Emmanuelle Rouaud (shakuhachi) and Naoko Kikuchi (koto, shamisen)

Time: 20h30
Location: Jacques BREL Room, 4 Rue de la Mare aux Carats, 78180, Montigny-le-Bretonneux
Free admission, on reservation within the limits of available places. Information: 01 30 64 15 73


I visited Japan in August/September to take part in the Kokusai Shakuhachi Kenshūkan’s 30-year anniversary festival. It was such a interesting and great time traveling in Japan. In particular I was happy to be one of the selected 10 finalists in the “Competition of Honkyoku classics handed down by Master Yokoyama Katsuya” at the Bisei Kankyo Kaizan Center at August 29, 2019, where I performed Daha. The six competition judges were Furuya Teruo, Matama Kazushi, Sugawara Kuniyoshi, Kakizakai Kaoru, Ishikawa Toshimitsu and Okada Michiaki.

APRIL 2019

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Concert – Musique du Japon with Teruo Furuya & Mizuka Onishi
Special invitees Emmanuelle Rouaud, Katsura Creasion

Date: 9 April, 20h30
Location: Centre Mandapa, 6 Rue Wurtz, 75013 Paris
M° : Glacière ou Corvisart (ligne 6)


August 1-4, 2018
World Shakuhachi Festival 2018 London – World Premier of Henri Algadafe’s composition I Thought About Eva for koto and shakuhachi as part of the New Horizons/Frank Denyer concert. Performed by Emmanuelle Rouaud (shakuhachi) and TAKAHASHI Gaho (koto)

Date: 3 August, 13h00
Location: Great Hall, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths University of London, 8 Lewisham Way, London SE14 6NW


Emmanuelle Rouaud is a French musician specialising in silver flute, baroque flute and shakuhachi. Rouaud holds, among others, the certificates Prix de la Ville de Paris and Prix du CRR de Paris et CRR Cergy- Pontoise en musique ancienne, and teaches flute at CRR Versailles Grand Parc, France.

Her projects and collaborations include performing with the Orchestra d’Auvergne, various baroque orchestras, chamber ensembles, and with organist Henri Paget. With shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) Emmanuelle performs within traditional as well as contemporary music contexts.


Emmanuelle Rouaud discovered the shakuhachi in 2006 and was fascinated by the possibilities of tone colour and sounds and began exploring the instrument.

Since 2013 Emmanuelle is studying the honkyoku and modern repertoire with Teruo Furuya, the director of the Kokusai Shakuhachi Kenshūkan (KSK) in Japan. Emmanuelle is also interested in traditional sankyoku ensemble playing and has received tuition from players like Gunnar Jinmei Linder and Keisuke Zenyoji among others.

Her interest in developing new repertoire for shakuhachi led her to a collaboration with French composer Henri Algadafe and premiering I thought About Eva for shakuhachi and koto at the World Shakuhachi Festival in London in 2018. Currently they are working on a new composition for electric guitar, electronics and 2.4 shakuhachi.

Emmanuelle performs shakuhachi music regularly, most recently with koto players Naoko Kikuchi and Gaho Takahashi, she also was one of the finalists of the honkyoku competition at the KSK’s 30th anniversary event in 2019 in Bisei, Japan.

Emmanuelle Rouaud lives and works near Paris, France. There she co-organises the annual Teruo Furuya/Mizuka Onishi workshop in Paris, developing shakuhachi classes in CRC Montigny-le-Bretonneux as well as teaches the silver flute (CRR Versailles Grand Parc) and offers shakuhachi teaching through her collaboration with jiari maker Thorsten Knaub at shakuhachi-atelier.


New Horizons Concert, World Shakuhachi Festival London 2018

Teachers’ Concert, European Shakuhachi Society Summer School, Denmark 2017

Museum Guimet, Paris 2016

Museum Guimet, Paris 2016


School of Music De Buc, France