The famous composer being dubbed as the “Japanese Beethoven” has been exposed as a fraud, after a musician confessed that he wrote the acclaimed works of the deaf con artist.
‘I’ve never felt he was deaf’
Toho Gakuen School of Music faculty member Takashi Niigaki said in a press conference on February 6 that he was composer Mamoru Samuragochi’s ghost writer. He also said that he did not believe Samuragochi was deaf.
“I’ve never felt he was deaf ever since we met. We carry on normal conversations,” said Niigaki.
Niigaki said that over the past 18 years, he had received around 7 million yen in compensation for writing over 20 pieces for the classical composer.
‘I can’t fool the people any more’
The music teacher said that he has had enough of this deceitful act.
“I am an accomplice of Samuragochi because I continued composing just as he demanded, although I knew he was deceiving people. I can’t fool the people anymore,” said Niigaki.
Many consider Mamoru Samuragochi as an inspirational musician for composing a lot of acclaimed symphonies in Japan despite claiming to be completely deaf for 15 years.