A composer of over 90 works for traditional Japanese
instruments, Marty Regan is a Professor at Texas A&M

Widely regarded as the authoritative source on the
subject, his translation of Minoru Miki’s Composing for
Japanese Instruments was published by the University
of Rochester Press in 2008. His music has been
broadcast on American Public Media’s Performance
Today and NHK’s Hōgaku no hito toki/’A Moment for
Traditional Japanese Music.’ His chamber opera, titled
The Memory Stone, was commissioned by the Houston
Grand Opera as part of the HGOco’s Songs of Houston:
East + West initiative and was premiered in 2013 at the
Asia Society Texas Center.

In 2015 he was the recipient of a Helene Wurlitzer
Foundation Artist Residency Grant as well as a Clare
Hall Visiting Research Fellowship from Cambridge
University, UK. In 2022-23 he was the recipient of a
Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to conduct field research
in Japan while teaching at Senzoku Gakuen College of

Marty Regan was commissioned by the ESS to create a new shakuhachi composition for Finland 2024.

His Echoes of the Taiga for shakuhachi trio will be rehearsed and premiered at the ESS Summer School Concert at the Sibelius Museum in Turku.

Read more about Marty’s commission.