Fun Facts: DOHKE, Atsuo is a liuto player from Tokyo, Japan who wants to introduce the beauty of his instrument of choice to the mainstream.

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An attorney today, DOHKE was once just a young man with music running through him. With that he was instructed in the late ’70s by celebrated mandolinist Mr. HIRAYAMA, Eizaburo. While he wanted to play something more along the lines of the cello, funding kept him from it.

Not discouraged, DOHKE fell for the liuto over time noting, “It has a unique sound owing to its ten strings.” Learning the ropes of classical music he soon added a new element with the piano when he brought YAMAO on board. Over the years he’s tried his hand at playing more pop with his liuto, but stays close to his classical roots overall.


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