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Kyo-Shin-An Arts


Kyo-Shin-An Arts was founded in 2008, to create and promote new music integrating Japanese instruments – specifically koto, shakuhachi and shamisen – into Western classical music. With an initial purpose of commissioning established composers, KSA immediately began forming partnerships with ensembles interested in performing the music. Their goals are to bring forth the outstanding beauty of these instruments within the context of chamber ensembles and orchestras, and build and promote a body of contemporary repertoire that will do justice to the greatness and exactitude of these two classical traditions.

Major funding for Kyo-Shin-An Arts’ current programs has been provided by the Japan Foundation, Meet the Composer Commissioning Music USA, the TD Bank Charitable Foundation and the Cary New Music Performance Fund.  More information about Kyo-Shin-An Arts can be found at

Watch Past Performances

Video 4/21/2012: Citibank® Classical Night: Kyo-Shin-An Arts

Shakuhachi (bamboo flute) Grand Master James Nyoraku Schlefer and the Colorado String Quartet perform a program of quintets by Paul Moravec, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Martin Regan, and Mr. Schlefer. Part of the 2012 National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Kyo-Shin-An Arts