ピアニストとして、また作曲家として国内外のグループに客演、作品提供を行うほか、99年よりイーストワークスから『three times one 』、『SONGS 』、『GO THERE! 』、『Celestial inside 』、『MINAMI-GO THERE! remix』、『Touches & Velvets (Quiet Dream)』、『Elegy』とコンスタントに作品を発表。
そして2008年には初エッセイ｢白鍵と黒鍵の間に｣、CD『Like Someone In Love』と立て続けに発表し高評を得る。
扶桑社｢en-taxi｣(季刊誌)にて｢六本線の五線紙 ―あるジャズピアニストの心的探訪 ｣を連載中。
2010年3/24 イーストワークスからピアノトリオ最新作『The Girl next door』をリリース。
Hiroshi Minami - Jazz pianist,Writer,Essayist
Hiroshi Minami was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1960. He graduated from Tokyo College of Music, with a Bachelor of Music in Percussion in 1986.
Minami studied piano under Koji Taku, Christian Jacob, and Steve Kuhn. In 1988, he moved to the United States on a scholarship from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. The city became the new base of his musical activities. In 1991, he received a diploma in performance.
From 1990, the scope of his performance was widened to Switzerland, France, Germany, and Denmark. He collaborated with European musicians, and went ahead with a live tour. Minami built a strong relationship in particular with Danish trumpeter, Kasper Tranberg. They performed concerts including Copenhagen Jazz Festival, and recorded a CD together. In Japan, Minami performs mainly as a leader of a group “GO THERE”. He is also known for the collaboration with Chie Ayado and Naruyoshi Kikuchi, Jim Black, Chris Speed, and the legendary Japanese vocalist Sumiko Yoseyama.
In 2008, his diary on the official website was published as “Between The White Key and The Black Key” from Shogakukan. The book has attracted public attention after being highly praised by Kazuya Fukuda. Minami has published three books of essays until now. (For more information, please visit the “BOOKS” section).