Without Ryu there would be no LCP. He brought us together and organized our first Japan experiences together. On the double bass he is the energy source of the ensemble.
Ryutaro Hei has been an institution in his home country for several years. There is a real fan community for his double bass recitals and numerous recordings and videos bear witness to his virtuos and energetic double bass playing. Ryutaro Hei has also made a name for himself as a teacher in Japan.
In his “European” life he is a member of the double bass section of the SWR Symphony Orchestra.
Ryutaro Hei was born in Tokushima and grew up in Kobe. He started playing the bass with his father. During his studies in Tokyo he won the DAAD (German Academic Exchange) in 2004 and was able to continue his studies at the Musikhochschule in Würzburg with Prof. Bunya. As a chamber musician and soloist he has been invited to the ECLAT Stuttgart Festival, Spor Festival Denmark and “La Folle Journée” in Tokyo, among others. Since 2010 he has also been a member of the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra.
His debut CD “The Sound Of Double Bass” was released in 2015 on the TACET label. Here he plays with the Japanese pianist Kei Kosuge.
Ryius LCP favorite pieces: Beethoven Septet, Rimsky-Korsakoff Flight of the bumble bass, Astor Piazzolla KICHO, Prokofiev Quintet