Classical guitarist Masatomo Tomikawa began playing the classical guitar at the age of 12, studying under Yoshiki Sato and later Takeshi Tezuka. After graduating from the Sophia University with specialization in Spanish art history, he traveled to Spain to study with Spanish Maestro Jose Luis Gonzalez and later joined the prestigious Escola D’Arts Musicals Luthier in Barcelona where he studied with guitarist Alex Garrobe. Since returning to Japan in 2000 and performing Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra the same year, he has been active both as a solo performer and in ensembles to this date, performing on both the modern instrument and 19th century guitars. As a scholar, he has contributed many articles to Gendai Guitar magazine, including a series on the life of Spanish composer Isaac Albeniz and others. He also keeps a busy schedule as a teacher, maintaining his own studio in Tokyo and being on the faculty of the Classical Guitar Department at the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music.