Horacio Curti was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1968. He briefly studied piano in his childhood with Violeta and Paula Gainza, but his path in music really started long after. Attracted by Jazz, he began studies of saxophone in 1990 while still in college studying Biological Sciences.

While on the Indian Himalayas, he heard the shakuhachi for the first time and decided to go to Japan to learn more about the instrument. There he started his studies under Kakizakai Kaoru sensei and was educated mainly in the shakuhachi Honkyoku solo music. In Japan he received from Yokoyama Katsuya sensei (as creator of the Kokusai Shakuhachi Kenshukan) his shakuhachi shihan, shakuhachi master’s certificate.

Asia strongly marks his points of view both in terms of music as to life in general and returns to the West transformed and entirely dedicated to Shakuhachi and to Koten Honkyoku music. He settled down in Barcelona, Spain and started exploring the Shakuhachi beyond the framework of Japanese music (mainly on free improvisation and Western Classical Contemporary Music). Since then he has extensively worked with composers (premiering pieces and collaborating with them throughout the composition process) and creating performative pieces together with dance and poetry.

He has performed and taught in Japan, North and South America and Europe.

Kakizakai-sensei y Horacio Curti en Gea de Albarracín, Teruel (España).

Kiku Day y Horacio Curti durante el European Shakuhachi Society Summer School, Londres 2011.

Gunnar Jinmei Linder y Horacio Curti.

He speaks, reads and writes in English and Catalan (teaching in both languages) besides Spanish as his mother tongue and speaks in Portuguese.



Best short film prize at Kathmandu 8th International Folk Music Film Festival.
Kathmandu  International Folk Music Film Festival, Nepal


Commendation  Certificate for the development of the Korean traditional music abroad
National Gugak Center, South Korea


Japanese Consul Award (Premio Consul General  del Japón)
Consulate-General of Japan in Barcelona, Spain