Yamaha E-Band Competition 2018 Winners
Katsunori Ujiie (Keyboardist)
He is a creative director, composer, arranger, and keyboardist with a storied career in the field of software production, music production, and music education. As a sound designer, he has created sounds for many Yamaha synthesizers such as the DX, SY, QY, VL, EX, CS, MOTIF and MONTAGE series. He has also appeared in over 400 video reviews of digital products, which have gained more than 25 million views on YouTube and attention from musicians and creators around the world.
Victor Smolski (Guitarist)
Musician, producer, composer, teacher, author of one of the most successful German guitar learning DVD “School of Metal.” The guitarist for the world-renowned metal bands ALMANAC, RAGE, MIND ODYSSEY and the LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA with numerous tours and TV appearances began playing piano and cello at the age of six and started studying guitar at age 11. The Russian magazine Classic Rock voted Victor Guitarist of the Year in 2005. Also the Japanese magazine Burrn! Voted him many times in the Top 20 guitarist of the reader´s pop poll. Jury member for international music competitions. Worldwide representative and co-developer for prestigious companies in the music industry, such as Yamaha, ENGL, Shure, Cordial, Thomastik-Infeld, etc.
Zak Bond (Drummer)
“He is a professional musician/composer from the USA, currently based in Tokyo. His career spans 25+ years across 50 countries. With roots as an orchestral percussionist, he evolved into a marching specialist and a masterful drum set artist with a particular affinity for jazz, rock, pop, blues, R&B, soul, funk, fusion, D&B, dub and Latin music. He shares his passion by educating the next generation of musicians at the Tokyo School of Music.”