植草ひろみ / Hiromi Uekusa
Hiromi Uekusa began studying cello at age of eleven under Tsurukichi Saito.
Uekusa plays Jazz and Pops as well with the groups "Aki Takase & Cosmopolis" and "Madhatters", and especially loves the music of Astor Piazzolla.
After graduating Uekusa joined the "New Japan
Philharmonic Orchestra", and spent ten years performing with the likes of Maestro
Seiji Ozawa, Mstislav Rostropovich and many other fabulous musicians.
Uekusa released CD "Cafe1930" that played all Astor Piazzolla's music. This CD led to a trip to Buenos Aires, Argentine, where she visited José Bragato, composer and cellist of the Astor Piazzolla Band, and a best friend of Astor Piazzolla himself. Mr. Bragato initiated to the spirit of Astor Piazzolla's music. Upon her return she premiered Bragato's music in Japan and the United States, where it was very well received. Uekusa has appeared in Kiyoshi Takahashi's concert at Carnegie Hall in New York, and has collaborated with Joe Hisaishi on concert tours that resulted in the DVD "a Wish to the Moon".
In recent years, Uekusa has performed Duo concerts with Harpist, Risako Hayakawa under the name "Sound of the Sky" with the concept of healing.