Okinawan player comes second in World Harmonica Festival

Okinawan player comes second in World Harmonica Festival

Sachito Higa

December 17, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Chromatic Harmonica player Sachito Higa, 28, won second place at the category of solo chromatic with a set piece in the World Harmonica Festival 2013 in Germany.
Held once every four years, the festival is the world’s top international contest for harmonica players. It was the second time for Higa to win a prize since he came second in the last festival, held in 2005.

The contest was held from October 30 to November 3. Higa practiced for six months on the set piece music, which was a difficult piece by a 21st-century classical composer. He said, “The judges commented that the sound was beautiful but I couldn’t play how I wanted to because of the distinctive atmosphere of the contest. I would like to interact with people who play different instruments and gain more experience.”

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato and Mark Ealey)

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