I am pleased to announce the opening of a shakuhachi workshop at the Forum des Arts Charles Aznavour (near Paris) in collaboration with the CRC of the Pôle Musiques et Théâtre. The Shakuhachi workshop takes place one Saturday per month from 10:45 to 12:45 from February to July 2023 over 6 sessions.

We will learn about the instrument (breathing and finger techniques), we will discover the associated repertoire, we listen to traditional Japanese music to discover the sound of the instruments associated with the shakuhachi, which are the koto (table zither) and the shamisen (three-string guitar).

PVC study shakuhachi will be available during the workshop. 🙂

L’atelier a lieu au Forum des Arts Charles Aznavour,1 Parvis Colonel Arnaud Beltrame, 78180 Montigny-le-Bretonneux, France.


The latest and last issue of BAMBOO as co-editor. It has been a fantastic time to work on the last five issues of BAMBOO. This issue is devoted in particular to ideas of Tradition and Transmission of shakuhachi honkyoku music, with leading Japanese and Western players sharing their experiences of study. Also we have a look at Shakuhachi in South America with focus on Brazil. Hope you enjoy!

BAMBOO – European Shakuhachi Society’s Newsletter – Autumn/Winter 2022 edition

JUNE 2022

Le Fameux Molière by Julien Joubert for choir & instrumental ensemble at Ferme du Manet, Montigny-le-Bretonneux (Yvelines-France)
Music: Julien Joubert &Text: Gaël Lépingle
Mise en scène: Manon Conan
Music director: Eulalie Buyck
Choir from the Pôle Musiques et Théâtre-Montigny-le-Bretonneux
Instrumental ensemble: Emmanuelle Rouaud (flûte traversière), Pierre Girault (trompette), Solène Roux (trombone), Virginie Turban (violon), Carole Carrive (violoncelle), Michel Fouquet (contrebasse), Davide Perrone (piano)

Date: 26 June, 15h
Location: Ferme du Manet, 61 avenue du Manet, 78180 Montigny-Le-Bretonneux

JUNE 2022

We just finished editing the latest issue of BAMBOO. Please check out the review/interview with Dai Fujikura whose Shakuhachi Concerto premiered in Rennes in April. It was just such a great experience to see the performance and hear the great Dozan Fujiwara on shakuhachi! (page 7 to 17)

BAMBOO – European Shakuhachi Society’s Newsletter – Summer 2022 edition

APRIL 2022

Happy to announce the Teruo Furuya Online Workshop 2022 on the 16/17 April & 23/24 April. Teruo Furuya, director and principle instructor of the Kokusai Shakuhachi Kenshūkan (KSK) in Japan, will present the honkyoku pieces Hon Shirabe, Sanya Sugagaki, Reibo & Ukigumo as well as the modern pieces Miyama Higurashi by Fukuda Rando & Kokyo by Miki Minoru. Furthermore there are two contextual sessions dealing with notions surrounding honkyoku performance & technique. It is a full packed and exciting programme and it is an excellent opportunity to learn from one of the leading players active today!
For booking and more information visit:

Workshop dates: Sat/Sun 16/17.4 & Sat/Sun 23/24.4
Workshop times: 10h00 – 13h00 (tbc)
Fees: € 90
Teaching language: Japanese/English
Technology: Zoom 
Hope to see you there!

MARCH 2022

Concert with baroque orchestra & Ensemble Jubilate de Versailles (Yvelines-France)
conducted by Michel Lefèvre and with the soloists Gaël et Blanche Lefèvre (Incroyable talent!). We will play three magnificent works by M.A.Charpentier, J.J.Cassanéa de Mondonville & J.D.Heinichen.

Dates: the 22 March (Notre Dame de Versailles) & 24 March (Eglise Saint Roch, Paris).
Time: 20h45
More informations:


Happy to announce the upcoming edition of BAMBOO!

BAMBOO – European Shakuhachi Society’s Newsletter – Autumn/Winter 2021 edition


Un automne au Japon – Demonstration of shakuhachi making & concert with shakuhachi, koto & shamisen. This day will features a demonstration of various processes involved in jiari shakuhachi making by the maker Thorsten Knaub and also introductions to the three Japanese instruments, shakuhachi, koto and shamisen at the Conservatoire Municipal de Musique in Saulx-les-Chartreux near Paris. In the evening there will be a concert and I will play the shakuhachi with Fumie Hihara (koto and shamisen) featuring sankyoku, shinkyoku and honkyoku music.

Date: 16 October 2021
Times introduction & demonstration: 16h30 – 18h30
Time concert: 20h30
Location: Salle Boris Vian, Conservatoire de Musique
49 rue de la Division Leclerc, 91160 Saulx-les-Chartreux (Essone-France)

JUNE 2021

Here is the Spring/Summer edition of BAMBOO. This time there is a major interview with the organisers of the World Shakuhachi Festival in China (WSF2022) as well we have an inside in how Japanese shakuhachi masters prepare for performance.

BAMBOO – European Shakuhachi Society’s Newsletter – Spring/Summer 2021 edition

APRIL 2021

Normally the spring time brings with it the opportunity to meet for some of us in person at Teruo Furuya’s workshop in Paris. This year that is not possible, but we are so grateful that our sensei will lead an 4-day online workshop in April instead.
Teruo Furuya, director and principle instructor of the Kokusai Shakuhachi Kenshūkan (KSK), will present honkyoku as transmitted through KSK, modern composition by Fukuda Rando and sessions on technique. This is a excellent opportunity to learn from one of the leading players active today. All levels welcome. 
Workshop places are limited to about 16 places to have an efficient size of the participants’ group and allow as much interaction as possible within the online teaching framework. 
Workshop dates: Sat/Sun 17/18.4 & Sat/Sun 24/25.4
Workshop times: 10h00 – 13h00
Fees: € 80
Teaching language: Japanese/English
Technology: Zoom

Any questions please let us know. ( Hope to see you there!
And please feel free to share to anyone you think might be interested. Thanks!


Great fun to teach a session on Shingetsu at the ESS NowHere II online festival this weekend. There were about 60+ participants for NowHere II, thanks for being there and thanks, of course, to the organisers.


Having been elected to the European Shakuhachi Society (ESS) committee as one of the ESS newsletter’s publishing team with Thorsten Knaub, we just finished editing the first issue under the new name of BAMBOO. Enjoy!

BAMBOO – European Shakuhachi Society’s Newsletter – Autumn/Winter 2020 edition


NowHere II – European Shakuhachi Society Winter Festival
Following on from the very successful online event in August, the ESS will be holding a 2-day online Winter NowHere II Festival in February 2021 showcasing some of the finest players and teachers from Japan and Europe.

I am very happy to be teaching the honkyoku Shingetsu from the Kokusai Shakuhachi Kenshūkan tradition. Saturday, February 6th at 13h00 CET

There will be two guests from Japan – John Kaizan Neptune and Mizuno Kohmei, as well as other teachers from Europe: Hélène Seiyu Codjo, Antonio Enzan Olías and Christophe Kazan Gaston.

More info and registration here:


W.A.Mozart – Concert show for wind quintet & narrator, schools performance & concert at Salle J. Brel in Montigny-le-Bretonneux (Yvelines-France)
Text, mise en scène & narrator: Kénan Desaldeleer
Wind quintet: Emmanuelle Rouaud (flûte traversière), Hélène Ducros (hautbois), Jean-Marc Pasco (clarinette), Sébastien Roca (cor) & Pierre Walter (basson)
Date: 2 October 2020
Time (pupils only): 9h30-11h30 & 14h30-16h30 / Time concert: 20h
Location: Jacques Brel Room, 4 rue de la mare aux Carats, 78180, Montigny-le-Bretonneux


Videos from the concert on 12 March (just before the lockdown started) are now on Teruo Furuya’s YouTube channel:

MARCH 2020

We are excited to announce our 2020 Masterclass with Teruo FURUYA (shakuhachi), director and principal instructor of the Kokusai Shakuhachi Kenshūkan (KSK) in Japan and Mizuka ONISHI (koto/shamisen), recipient of the Tottori Prefecture Cultural Achievement Award 2020, in Saint-Maurice (Paris). The dates are the weekend of the 7 & 8 March and for the location we will return to the Academy of Music and Theater of Saint Maurice.

As in previous years the masterclass will again offer an opportunity to study honkyoku pieces from the Katsuya YOKOYAMA lineage as transmitted through the Kenshūkan and from the wider KSK repertoire. This years’ pieces will be the two honkyoku Koku and Sagariha, the sokyoku Haru no Kyoku and the modern Fukuda RANDO composition Tabibito no Uta. For registered participants we will send you photocopied scores and sound files in due course.

Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 March

Olivier Messiaen Academy of Music and Theater Saint-Maurice
The François Devienne Auditorium
30 bis rue du Maréchal Leclerc, 94410 Saint-Maurice/Paris
M° line 8, Charenton-Écoles or École Vétérinaire-Maison-Alfort

Master class 10h00 – 17h30
Koto/Shamisen class 10h00 – 12h30
Lunch break 12h30 – 14h00

Shakuhachi 1 DAY = € 75 / 2 DAYS = € 140
Koto/Shamisen 1 DAY = € 60 / 2 DAYS = € 110

You are welcome to come to the masterclass for ‘listening only’ (€ 20 per day)

To reserve your place at the Masterclass 2020 or for any questions please contact us at furuya.masterclass[at] Fees to be paid on the first day in cash.

You can find all the info as PDF here

Hope to see you there!
Emmanuelle, Katsura, Thorsten


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

Saturday, December 14, 2019
Concert/Lecture, 11h
Naoko Kikuchi – koto, voice and shamisen
Emmanuelle Rouaud – shakuhachi
Location: Canal Mediatheque, Quai François Truffaut, 78180 Montigny-le-Bretonneux

Winter Concert – Traditional Japanese Music, 20h30
Part 1: Ensemble for silver flute, guitars and harps, Japanese music workshop, children’s choir and theater group cycle (Sotoba Komachi – Five modern Nô plays by Yukio Mishima)
Student actors, directed by Manon Conan
Part 2: Concert – Emmanuelle Rouaud (shakuhachi) and Naoko Kikuchi (koto & shamisen)

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.

JUNE 2019

Lola et Le Petit Facteur – musicals by Dominique Baduel
Musical director & mise en scène: Patricia Leduc
Choir director: Patricia Leduc & Eulalie Buyck
Choir from the Pôle Musiques et Théâtre-Montigny-le-Bretonneux
Instrumental ensemble: Emmanuelle Rouaud (flûte traversière, flûte alto & shakuhachi), Rafael-Lino Markov (guitare & accordéon), Pierre-Alexandre Fare (batterie), Laure Burckard (percussions), Michel Fouquet (contrebasse), Jean-Paul Teyssier (piano)

Date: 30 June 2019, 15h
Location: Ferme du Manet, 61 avenue du Manet, 78180 Montigny-Le-Bretonneux

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 or Corvisart (line 6)

MARCH 2019

La Belle et la Bête (The beauty & the beast)
Music by Diane Baysang & Frédéric Unterfinger adapted from Mme de Beaumont’s tale
Narrator: Kenan Desaldeleer
Instrumental ensemble: Emmanuelle Rouaud (flûte traversière), Hélène Ducros (hautbois), Carole Carrive (violoncelle) & Annabelle Seguin (accordéon)

Dates: 11 & 22 March 2019, 20h
Location: Jacques Brel Room, 4 rue de la mare aux Carats, 78180, Montigny-le-Bretonneux


Concert around the works of Henri Paget (composer & organist).
I will play Licht for flute & organ, Asa no Mezame for flute alto solo and Fantasie for flute, violin & organ with Frederik Jongejans, violon and Henri Paget, organ

Date: 17 February, 16h30
Location: Eglise Sainte-Jeanne de Chantal, 96 boulevard Murat, Paris 16 / M°: Line 9


Concert Hommage à Marcel Chapuis (1930-2017)
“Ses mains étaient comme des racines” (third day)
I will play Licht for flute & organ by Henri Paget (composer & organist)

Date: 19 January, 17h
Location: Eglise Saint Séverin, 2 rue des Prêtres Saint-Séverin, Paris 5


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