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Yasuhiro Kobayashi As a musician, accordionist, composer and arranger, Yasuhiro Kobayashi is the most famous Japanese accordionist, with more than 1.000.000 CDs sold.
His collaboration with Björk lead him to perfom all over the world with concerts and tours.He has made video productions for MTV too.
With his extremely unique, pop accordion music, coba has revolutionized the
image of the instrument.At his concert in London in 1995, signer Bjork heard his
music and was instantly attracted by it. Right after the performance she invited
him to participate in her world tour. coba thus performed on Bjork's world
concert tour for 3 years, covering over 60 counties; more than 3 million
audience worldwide enjoyed the collaboration of Bjork and coba's innovative
accordion sound. During the same period, coba also worked with many other
artists, including goldie, 808 sate, underworld, plaid and howie B. He has been
collaborating with plaid and howie B on many occasions since then.
Born in 1959, coba started practicing the accordion at the age of 9. At the age
of 18 he went over to Italy to study at the Accordion Department of the Scuola
di Musica Luciano Fancelli in Venice from which he graduated first on the list.
Coba has released 25 albums to date, repeatedly renewing by far the record of
sales for instrumental albums in Japan. Besides the annual national tour
covering more than 20 locations in Japan, he is actively engaged in a wide range
of music projects, such as producing stage music, film music, TV and radio music
and CM music.