About ISFP 2017


Komuso on the Charles's Bridge, Prague, 2016

Komuso on the Charles’s Bridge, Prague, 2016

This unique prestigious event is created out of passion for sound, its textures and colours, and cultivation of mind and body through music.

The ISFP celebrates an ancient Japanese flute, the shakuhachi. This instrument inspires composers and audiences worldwide and represents a successful symbiosis between the old and the cutting edge.

The festival sets out to foster new perspectives on Japanese and contemporary music, serving as an artistic and educational platform for artists, musicians and music students.

The festival presents the highest quality of traditional music as well as of new musical directions.



Sato Kikuko, Prague, 2012

Sato Kikuko on the shamisen, Prague, 2012

The ISFP 2017 opens with a symposium, Music as Identity, Regional Instruments in Changing Contexts, at the National Gallery in Prague on the 14th of Septmber.

On the 16th of September, renowned ensemble Pro Musica Nipponia will give a concert at HAMU’s Martinu Hall.
The ISFP 17 will host several other stellar players on koto, shakuhachi and shamisen from Japan; amongst them Nomura Hozan, the main star of event.
The special guest of the festival is the head priest of the Icchoken Temple Genmyo Iso.
The festival will feature numerous concerts ranging from traditional spiritual to contemporary and improvised music in a selection of venues with extraordinary natural acoustics.



Teaching at HAMU

Teaching at HAMU

This five-day event includes intensive masterclasses and workshops led by professional shakuhachi, koto and shamisen players. Absolute beginners will have the opportunity to take part in Hands On courses on shakuhachi, koto and shamisen.


From 2017 onwards, the festival will take place every two years. The next ISFP will happen in September, 2019.






The 11th issue of the Prague Shakuhachi Festival is organized by NEIRO Association for Expanding Arts (NEIRO), in partnership with the Music and Dance School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (HAMU), the Faculty of Arts at Charles University in Prague (FFUK), the National Gallery in Prague, the Archa Theatre and the Czech Japanese Association with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Czech Republic, the Japan Foundation, the City of Prague and Hotel AXA.