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Soichi Muraji was born in Tokyo. From an early age, he was taught by his father, Noboru Muraji, a guitarist, and studied under Shinichi Fukuda and Daisuke Suzuki. He won the first prize at the 1997 Classical Guitar Competition, the 41st Tokyo International Guitar Competition in 1998, and many other competitions. In '99, he went to Boston to study at the New England Conservatory of Music with Professors David Leisner and Eliot Fisk, and in 2003, after graduating at the top of his class from Walnut Hill School, he went to the Manhattan School of Music in New York to study with Professor David Starobin. ' In 2006, he gave a recital in the United States at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
In '08, he graduated from the Manhattan School of Music and received the Andres Segovia Award. In the same year, he was selected as a soloist for the "New World Tour" of the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also selected as a soloist for the "Toyota Classics Asia Tour" in '12, where he performed with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and successfully toured in five Asian countries.' In 2002, she received the S&R Foundation Washington Award, and her performance at the gala and awards ceremony at the Washington, D.C. Halcyon House was well received.
His recordings include "Chaconne," released on Victor Entertainment, which was selected as a special edition by Record Geijutsu magazine, "Collage de Aranjuez," a concerto album on King Records, and more than 10 solo albums to date, ranging from Bach to film music. In recent years, he has continued to release albums ambitiously, including the internet distribution album "TONES 2019" on YouTube, Apple Music, etc., as well as album releases with the "PLAY BUTTON" badge-shaped music player, and album production through crowd-funding. He has performed in recitals and chamber music.
He has performed recitals and chamber music with NHK Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, and other orchestras in Japan and abroad, and has appeared on NHK's "Top Runner", "Studio Park", TV Asahi's "Untitled Concert", "Tetsuko's Room" and many other media. He has also composed and performed the theme song for NHK-BS's "Kaido tekkutekuru tabi: Kumano kodo yuku" (Traveling on the Road: Kumano's Historic Roads). In addition, in 2022, in parallel with hall performances, he began "Classical Guitar Journey," a live tour that travels to galleries and ateliers throughout Japan, including gallery kissa in Kuramae, Taito-ku, and "Morning Live," which is held on holiday mornings. In this way, he has been developing concerts in various forms.