Born in Chiba Prefecture, Masaki Otawa’s music training started at the age of 3 with his mother, a classical piano teacher. He was then later introduced to kendo and drums in school, which contributed to his decision to become a taiko drummer. From Japanese folk, Jazz, Latin, African, Pop, to Classical, Masaki's vast range of music style has allowed him to work on interesting collaborations with different types of artists in dance, theatre, visual art, and even Japanese flower arrangement.
As a Japanese taiko player, Masaki has performed all across the world, including New York, Rome, Paris, Romania, Moscow, Taiwan, London and Belgium. Some of his career highlights include winning the “Ō-Daiko Solo Contest” at Mount Fuji Taiko Festival in 1999, being awarded Chiba City Arts and Culture’s Best Emerging Artist Award in 2005, performing on NHK World’s programme “Blends” in 2015 & 2016, collaborating with pipe organist Mari Ohki in 2018, and being featured in TV Tokyo’s programme “Tokyo Intersection” in 2019.
Often a big spectacle at traditional events and festivals, Japanese taiko is usually performed in large groups. To challenge this norm, Masaki along with three other innovative taiko drummers founded the group, One Vision. In this group lead by Masaki, they incorporate different techniques and music styles, creating unprecedented taiko concerts. Renowned for his unique solo performance style, Masaki is considered a pioneer in the field and continues to find ways to bring the new sounds of Japanese taiko to the world.