Huw Lloyd is a professional clarinettist, saxophonist, composer and educator based in Tokyo. He is passionate about music and enjoys nothing more than sharing his enthusiasm with his students and fellow musicians.


Huw grew up in Hong Kong and feels comfortable in Asia, especially Japan, where he has been living since 2002. His interest in music began by studying saxophone from age eleven, and after graduating from Leeds College of Music in the UK he moved to Paris where he met and learned from jazz legend Steve Lacy. During this time, his focus shifted primarily to clarinet, which he then studied in Tokyo with swing-style master Eiji Taniguchi .


In 2011, Huw took up the little-used contrabass clarinet and is currently exploring a wide repertoire on, and writing original music for, this amazing instrument.


Huw enjoys teaching a great deal and prides himself on his ability to pass on the fundamentals of music-making in a clear and supportive way. He also believes in the importance of learning to improvise music, and has found that supplementing traditional teaching methods with improvisation leads to more creative lessons - and students!


He has also developed his own jazz education method, which has proven effective with children and adults alike. He puts this into practice to run an independent youth jazz orchestra, which meets in Shibuya on Sundays, and also gives improvisation workshops in classrooms and for school assemblies.


The majority of Huw’s students come from the diverse and friendly international community in Tokyo, and attend one of it’s many international schools. Huw has had the pleasure of being involved with students from The British School in Tokyo, St. Mary’s International School, Seisen International School, Tokyo International School and The American School in Japan, among others.


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