Taro Wayama

Taro Wayama is a Japanese-born guitarist and composer. He has won numerous competitions. His achievements include 1st place in the 2003 Aron Green/American String Teachers Association Guitar Competition and 2nd place in the Thailand International Guitar Competition.

Taro is an active soloist and chamber musician. He often collaborates with other musicians, combining his masterful guitar playing with clarinet, flute and voice. He enjoys performing music from the Renaissance to the 20th century, as well as folk and world music.

Taro holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern California, where he studied with Pepe Romero, William Kanengiser, James Smith and Brian Head. He completed the graduate program as a student of Scott Tennant and Brian Head at USC.

He has participated in numerous guitar master classes taught by great guitarists such as Pepe Romero, David Leisner, Scott Tennant, Benjamin Verdery, Dusan Bogdanvic, Fabio Zanon and William Kanengiser.

He also collaborates with visual and multimedia artists to create installations that incorporate both the visual and sound experience. He has recently been commissioned to compose a piece for Yutaka Sone’s new installation, Obsidian, in Nanjing, China.


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