Photo: Toyohiko Fujita
|Hide Shindori (Conductor)
Born in 1961, Hide Shindori is admired for his "dynamic conducting". In his early years, he studied piano at the Musashino College of Music. After completing the graduate course he was admitted to the Toho Gakuen School of Music in 1987. Where he studied orchestra conducting with the world's leading conductors including Masamitsu Takahashi, Tadaaki Otaka, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Seiji Ozawa, Hideomi Kuroiwa and chamber music with Akira Miyoshi. Later, he further pursued his studies at the Moscow State Conservatory with Leonied Nikolayev and Vasily Sinaisky. He began his musical career as an assistant conductor. From 1989 to 1993, he worked for the Nagoya Nikikai Opera under Yuzo Toyama. During which time works such as "La Boheme", "Madama Butterfly", "La Traviata", "Peter Grimes", "Cavaleria Rusticana", "I Pagliacci", "Gianni Schicci", "Suor Angelica", "Un Ballo in Maschera", "Haensel und Gretel" were performed. From 1993 to 1994, he worked for the Fujiwara Opera (Japan Opera Founation). In 1994 he was admitted to study at the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden) under Bernard Haitink, Christoph von Dohonany, and David Syrus. He was also given an opportunity to study with the English National Opera, the Welsh National Opera, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Tadaaki Otaka. Since 1995, he has achieved remarkable results in many competitions worldwide. At the Fifth G.Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors he was awarded the Second Prize (Silver Medal). Furthermore, at the same competition, he was given Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Special Award from the PWM (Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne).
Since then, he has conducted numerous orchestras in both Europe and Japan. In Europe, he acted as a guest conductor for Sinfonia Varsovia, Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition he has had a successful career in Japan as well. Some of the orchestras he has conducted include the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gunma Symphony Orchestra and the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra. Currently he is focusing his effects into collaborations with soloists such as Gil Shaham, Evgeni Mogilevsky, Joanna Kozlovska, Yukio Yokoyama and Takako Takahashi. He is highly regarded and respected by the soloists.
Recently having played the complete Lieder by Alma Mahler, he is also highly regarded as a unique accompanying pianist who is able to produce symphonic sound out of a piano.
His appearance as a guest conductor to the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra since 2015 was highly acclaimed on the Bangkok Post, "Truly happy encounter of the orchestra and a conductor. Audience was enthusiastic at their triumphant achievement".
He considers Beethoven's Symphonies as his lifework. He is also keen on playing great church music and choral works such as "Matthäus-Passion", "Messiah".
Photo: Shigeto Imura
|Katsuto Yokoshima (Conductor)
Born in Osaka Katsuto Yokoshima started to learn the piano at the age of nine.
He started to conduct during his studies at Osaka College of Music. When he graduated Yokoshima began his conducting career and worked as chief conductor with the Takatsuki City Orchestra until 1990.
In 1990, Yokoshima moved to Vienna to continue studying further in conducting at Vienna University for Music and Performing Arts. At the university, he studied with Leopold Hager, Peter Schwarz and Yuji Yuasa who was an assistant professor.
While in Vienna, he also attended the master class in Vienna (1990) and the seminar sponsored by the Szeged Symphony Orchestra in Hungary (1996), where he studied with Julius Kalmer and Ervin Accel. While receiving a Diploma Yokoshima was selected to conduct the Szeged Symphony Orchestra for the performance.
In 1998, he was among the best eight finalists at the International Kirill Kondrasin Competition for Conducting in Netherland. Also the concert at the Vienna Musikverein, in which Yokoshima conducted the Beethoven Symphony No.9 with the Tonkünstler Orchestra, was his highly successful debut in Vienna.
Since then, Yokoshima has been conducting various concerts including the Haydn's Oratorio “The Creation” at the Haydn Saar in Eisenstad, outside Vienna (2001) and the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Smetana Hall (2003) in Czech Republic, the main concert hall for the Prague Spring Music Festival.
While Yokoshima has been appointed as the assistant and the choir conductor for the opera projects (I ? III) organised by Seiji Ozawa-Juku in Japan since 2000, he appeared in charity concerts and conducted at St. Nicholas’ Church and the Gewandhaus, in Leipzig Germany. Also he was invited to conduct in Vienna and Prague for the event “Mozart 250th Anniversary - Requiem Gala Concert” in September and October 2006.
While Yokoshima is currently working as a conductor for the Matsumoto Mozart Orchestra, he has also been appointed as the artistic director for the new project “Mozart Symphony - Performance of the entire works” since March 2008. The project will take place over a period of 10 years and Yokoshima will be conducting 52 Mozart Symphonies in the town of Matsumoto in Nagano prefecture.
Various Orchestra Experience:
Szeged Symphony Orchestra; Mav Symphony Orchestra; Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra; New Japan Philharmonic; Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra; Century Orchestra Osaka; Okayama Philharmonic Orchestra; Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra; Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra; Kyoto Symphony Orchestra; Nara philharmonic Orchestra; Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra; Osaka Municipal Symphonic Band and other
|Ronald Zollman (Conductor)
From New York's Carnegie Hall to Sydney's Opera House, via Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Berlin's Philharmonic Hall, Ronald ZOLLMAN’s name has become through the years a familiar one for many international concertgoers.
Now the Principal Guest Conductor of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra in Prague, Ronald ZOLLMAN was born in Antwerp (Belgium), where he began his musical training at the age of four. He later became the pupil of Igor Markevitch and Nadia Boulanger in Paris.
From its start, his career has expanded rapidly. He appeared as a guest conductor with important orchestras on all continents : BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Residentie Orchestra, Orchester des Hessischen Rundfunks, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, and many more. He also was the guest of such major festivals as Edinburgh, Flanders, Warsaw Autumn, Festival Estival in Paris, Gulbenkian in Lisbon, London Proms,…
Ronald ZOLLMAN not only dedicates himself to the great symphonic works of the traditional repertoire : he is very active in the field of opera and is also particularly noted for his commitment to contemporary music. In the theatre, he conducted a large number of performances at the Brussels La Monnaie Opera House (a.o. Don Giovanni, Cosi fan Tutte, La Bohème, Albert Herring and A Rake's Progress), and the performances of La Traviata which he led at London's English National Opera were, soon followed by a series The Turn of the Screw with The Scottish Opera. For the BBC he recorded Henze's Der Prinz von Homburg, while his Don Giovanni for the Banff Summer Festival was considered as the highlight of this major event in Canada. In the USA, he is known for his performances of French romantic operas at Indiana Opera, such as Manon, Cendrillon or Roméo et Juliette.
As far as contemporary music is concerned, Ronald ZOLLMAN has worked regularly with the London Sinfonietta, and at Pierre Boulez's request, he has been a frequent guest with the Ensemble InterContemporain, in Paris and on tour.
From 1989 till 1993, Ronald ZOLLMAN was Musical Director of the National Orchestra of Belgium, a position he then held since 1993 with the Philharmonic Orchestra of UNAM in Mexico City. In September 2002 he took the Music Directorship and Principal Conductorship of the Northern Israel Symphony, Haifa, and in September 2009, he became Director of Orchestral Studies at the Carnegie Mellon School of Music in Pittsburgh as well s the Music Director of their Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he has recently appeared at New York's Carnegie Hall and Washington's Kennedy Centre.
During the last years Ronald ZOLLMAN added several CDs to his discography : following Mahler's First Symphony with the Orchestre Mondial des Jeunesses Musicales, recorded live in Berlin, there were recordings with the National Orchestra of Catalunya, the Basler Sinfonie Orchester, the Zürcher Kammerorchester, the Northern Sinfonia, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, with his own orchestra in Mexico City and with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Also active in the world of film music, Ronald ZOLLMAN recorded the soundtrack for "Le Maître de Musique" ("The Master of Music"), the award-winning motion picture featuring José Van Dam, a nominee for the Best Foreign Picture at the Academy Awards in Hollywood. The musical quality of this particular soundtrack was recognized with the award of a Golden Record.
In May 2007 Ronald ZOLLMAN made his debut with the Orchestre de Paris at Salle Pleyel (Paris), conducting them at the occasion of their tribute concert to the memory of Mstislav Rostropovitch. In the summer of 2008 he shared the musical direction of the Orchestra Academica of the Campos do Jordao Festival (Brazil) with Kurt Masur. In April 2010 he had his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York, and in April 2011 he conducted or the 1st time at Washington's Kennedy Centre.
|Katsurako Mikami (Piano)
Born in Sapporro, Katsurako Mikami first studied Piano with Michiko Endo at the age of four.
During High School at the Toho School of Music, Mikami studied with Akiko Iguchi and won the first prize at the 18th National Competition (high school division) cosponsored by the NHK and the Mainichi Newspaper.
Since then Mikami won various prizes including the first prize at the 34th Nippon Ongaku Competition in the following year and the International League scholarship to study abroad.
After receiving a special prize at the Long-Tibaud International Competition in France, Mikami moved to Paris with a full scholarship given by the French Government to study with Vlado Perlemuter at the Paris Conservatory.
She also studied with Dieter Weber in Vienna before moving to the United States to continue her musical education at the Juilliard School of Music.
While at the Juilliard School of Music, Mikami played the Prokofiev Piano Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra and gave her debut recital at the Carnegie Hall in New York.
Since then, she has given several recitals in New York and toured around the US performing solo repertoires, concertos and chamber music.
Mikami studied the chamber music with various artists including Artur Balsam, Felix Galimir and Joseph Fuchs. With Joseph Fuchs Mikami has performed various concerts.
For a long period of time, Mikami was involved in teaching at the Summer Courses, which were held at the University of Maine and the Alfred University in the US and was also invited to give master classes in Prague, Czech Republic (2004) and in Leipzig, Germany (2005-2008) for the European Music Festival. Currently she is a professor at the Toho Gakuen School of Music.
|Hamao Fujiwara (Violin)
Born in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture in 1947, Hamao Fujiwara first learned the violin at the age of three from his mother, a musician who graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts.
At the Toho Gakuen School for Music, Fujiwara studied with Saburo Sumi, Toshiya Eto, Yoshio Unno and Hideo Saito and with Joseph Fuchs at the Juilliard School of Music in the United States. Fujiwara also studied conducting with Hideo Saito and Kazuyoshi Akiyama while at the Toho Gakuen School of Music.
Fujiwara won various prizes including the first prize at the Student Music Concours of Japan and the Music Competition of Japan, cosponsored by NHK and Mainichi Newspaper, the second prize at the Paganini International Competition for Violin in Italy and the third prize at the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Belgium. At the time, these were the highest prizes given to any Japanese Violinist.
Based in America for over 20 years, Fujiwara performed extensively around the US playing solo repertoires, chamber music and appeared in numerous concerts.
In 1971, Fujiwara performed in front of the Emperor and the Empress of Japan at the welcoming concert for their European visit, sponsored by the Belgium government.
In 1972, Fujiwara gave his Concerto Debut performance in the US with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as a substitute for Nathan Milstein, one of the most prestigious violinists of the 20th century.
Fujiwara had been a member of faculty at the Juilliard School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music and an associate professor at the University of Michigan.
Fujiwara has been appointed the solo concertmaster position at the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra since November 1992. He is also a professor at the Toho Gakuen School of Music and the guest professor at the Tokyo University of the Arts since April 1993.
In 2007, Fujiwara gave a recital at the Kioi Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
Photo: Masashige Ogata
|Seiji Kageyama (Violin)
Seiji Kageyama graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts with the highest score. He won the first prize in the elementary and the junior high school category at the Student Music Concours of Japan. During the high school, Kageyama was given a prize at the Music Competition of Japan and also received the Matsushita prize.
In 1980, Kageyama won a prize at the Kirishima International Music Festival, the second prize at the Tokyo International Music Competition by Min-On (in Chamber Ensembles) and was also awarded the Hideo Saito Prize.
In 1981, Kageyama was awarded a prize at the International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition.
He also won the highest prize at the Long-Thibaud Competition and received three special prizes in 1984 and began to perform at various places in Europe.
Since his highly acclaimed recital at the Konzerthausorchester, in Berlin Kageyama appeared with eight different city orchestras including the orchestra from Weimar and Eisenach in Germany.
As a soloist Kageyama was invited to play with the Komische Oper Orchestra in Berlin and performed in Munich and Leipzig.
In 1995, Kageyama was sent by the Japan Foundation to give recitals in Latin American countries where he also performed with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela.
Kageyama recorded his CD debut album “Polonaise Brillante” in 1996.
While actively performing as a soloist and as a chamber musician, Kageyama has given master classes at the Kirishima International Music Festival while being a member of the committee of the Festival.
Currently he is a professor at the Tokyo College of Music and taking an active role in guiding musicians at the Tokyo University of the Arts and the Toho Gakuen School of Music.
|Raphaël Oleg (Violin)
Raphaël Oleg was born into a musical family in Paris in 1959 and entered the Paris Conservatoire at the age of 12, winning first prizes for violin and chamber music in 1976. In 1986 he was awarded First Prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition and has gone on to earn an impressive worldwide reputation both as a recitalist and as an orchestral soloist. Le Figaro wrote: 'We can place him among the very small number of the greatest international soloists'.
Raphaël Oleg has performed with such eminent orchestras and conductors as the Royal Concertgebouw under Chailly, the Philadelphia Orchestra under Maazel, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields under Marriner, the Munich State Opera Orchestra under Sawallisch and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Berglund.
It was in May 1987 that he first came to the attention of British audiences, making an exceptional début by standing in at short notice to play the Brahms concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra under Jeffrey Tate. Subsequently, he has appeared in London with the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Libor Pesek, and he plays regularly with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Ulster Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.
Oleg has also been a regular visitor to Prague: he appeared in the 1996 Prague Spring Festival with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and returned in November 1996 to perform with the Prague Symphony Orchestra. He made a very successful BBC Proms performance in September 1998 with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has made five visits to Japan including a tour with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and a performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto with the NHK Symphony Orchestra. He returned in June 1995 to play all five Mozart Concerti with the Stockholm Chamber Orchestra under Ole Kristian Ruud in Tokyo's Oji Hall. He has since become a regular visitor in Japan. Following his first appearances in Australia and New Zealand in 1992, Raphaël Oleg was invited back for a major tour in 1996.
Oleg has recently performed in Germany and the UK with the Beethovenhalle Orchestra, Bonn, made his début with the Dresden Philharmonic and Plasson and will return to Weimar next season. In February 2000 Raphaël Oleg has returned to tour the UK with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Svetlanov.
His recital partners include Barry Douglas with whom he made his Wigmore Hall début in December 1995, Anton Kuerti, Artur Pizarro, Pascal Rogé, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Gerard Wyss.
In 1992 Oleg's first disc for Denon Records was released; the Brahms Concerto and Bruch No.1 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Pesek. He has also recorded the complete music for Piano and Violin by Schubert with the pianists Gerard Wyss and Theodore Paraskivesco, the Trios with Imogen Cooper and Sonia Wieder-Atherton, the complete Beethoven piano quartets and 2 cds with repertoire for violin and cello.
Photo: Masashige Ogata
|Yuko Uchiyama (Violin)
|Akio Ueki (Cello)
Akio Ueki started to learn the Cello at the age of six. After completing his high school education at the Toho School of Music, Ueki studied further at the Toho Gakuen School of Music.
In 1994, while still at the Toho Gakuen School of Music, Ueki won a prize at the 4th National Chamber Music Competition in the Cello & Piano Duo department and moved to France to study at the National Superior Conservatory of Music in Lyon.
He was invited to perform at the Cello Festival in Manchester, UK (1995) and also won a prize in the Cello division at the Music Competition of Japan during the same year.
As a member of the Lyon Quartet, Ueki was invited to the Ravello International Chamber Music Festival in Italy (1996) and performed for three consecutive nights.
In 1997, Ueki received a special prize at the Kirishima International Music Festival in Japan, and graduated from the National Superior Conservatory of Music in Lyon with a diploma the following year. Ueki then moved to the United States to study further at the Indiana State University and stayed for one year.
Back in Japan, Ueki appeared in the Young Talent Debut Concert Series sponsored by the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (2000), gave another outstanding performance at his debut recital at the Tsuda Hall (2001) and was awarded the 1st Hideo Saito Memorial Fund prize from the Sony Music Foundation (2002).
Since then, Ueki has performed the Japan premier of Pfitzner's Cello Concerto No.3 with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra (2004) and released his first CD "Akio Ueki ?Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata?" (2007).
He has played at the Saito Kinen Music Festival with Seiji Ozawa as their music director, the Tokyo Opera Nomori Festival and numerous other music festivals. Ueki is a member of the "Pavimento Japan" a chamber ensemble formed in 2005.
Ueki has studied with Keiko Matsunami, Ivan Chifolo and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, while he also learned the chamber music from Koichiro Harada, The Ravel Quartet and Shigeo Neriki.
Photo: Masashige Ogata
|Yasunori Kawahara (Contrabass)
Yasunori Kawahara was born in Hitachi, Japan. He took his first double-bass lesson when he was 11 years old. After leaving High School he studied commercial science at the Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, from which he graduated as a bachelor of commerce.
Subsequently he devoted himself to studying double-bass, first at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, and later at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin with Prof. Rainer Zepperitz and Prof. Michel Schwalbé.
In 1978 he won the second prize at the International Music Competition in Geneva; no first prize being awarded.
As a chamber musician Kawahara is much in demand having played with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, the Alban Berg Quartet, Renaud Capuçon, Christoph Eschenbach, Nobuko Imai, Rainer Kussmaul, Oli Mustonen, Aurèle Nicolet, Raphaël Oleg, Emmanuel Pahud, Christoph Poppen, Peter Rösel, Eric le Sage, Joseph Silverstein, Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt, amongst others.
Furthermore he performs at such famous music festivals as the Berliner Festwochen, Chamber Music Festival "Spannungen" in Heimbach, Kissinger Sommer, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Musique à l'Emperi à Salon de Provence, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and at the Schubertiade Feldkirch.
His numerous solistic engagements have seen him perform with such renowned ensembles as the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and the Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra.
Aside from giving master classes in Germany, France, Spain and Japan he is a jury member at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich.
Apart from regular recording for TV and Radio, Kawahara has made various solo and chamber music recordings for SONY, LARGO, FONTEC and EMI; his CD ≫Fantasy on Double -bass≪ (LARGO 5123) being nominated by the renowned German music magazine ≫Neue Musikzeitung≪ in it's Top-List of best CDs.
Since 1980 Kawahara has been principal double-bassist of the WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne.
In 2006 Kawahara published the book "Le petit prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry with his own japanese translation.
Photo: karen natsuki
|Mari Asakawa (Piano)
Mari began her piano studies in Japan at the age of five, and in 1980 moved to the United States. At the age of 15, she won the Westchester Competition, performing the Grieg concerto, followed by a performance of the Bach concerto at Alice Tully Hall. She earned a Bachelor's degree at the Julliard School, where she studied with Georgy Sandor, and received a Masters of Music at Yale University. In 1998, she moved to Italy, continuing her studies with Bruno Mezzena at the Accademia Musicale Pescarese, earning a diploma of the highest honor.
Her recent performances include Rachmaninov Concerto No. 3, Beethoven Concerto No. 4, and Mozart Concerto K.466. She was a prize winner at the International Piano Competition "Florestano Rosomandi" in 1999. She has given recitals in various cities in Japan, United States, and Europe, including Tokyo and Kyushu, the Ticino Musica Festival in Switzerland, Naples, Venice, and La Spezia. She has had two acclaimed performances in Oxford’s Holywell Music Room, performing the 4th, 7th, and 8th sonatas of Prokofiev as part of a series of ten concerts throughout England, Italy, and Japan, commemorating the 50th anniversary of his death.
In 2004 she recorded the Prokofiev piano sonatas Nos. 6, 7, 8 for the PHOENIX Classics label and performed several successful CD promotional concerts in Japan. Mari serves as an assistant at International seminars and masterclasses to Bruno Mezzena. Most recently, she was appointed to a teaching position at the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, where she teaches piano performance.
Photo: Masashige Ogata
|Toshiko Tobimatsu (Piano)
Toshiko Tobimatsu studied piano at the Kita-Kamakura Joshi Gakuen Music High School and the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Japan and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Her Teachers include Misako Tachi, Midori Miura, Mikhail Voskresenski, Roland keller, Margit Fussi and Meinhard Prinz.
Since her appearence at the NHK-FM "Haruni Sudatsu Shinjintachi" after winning their audition, Tobimatsu has performed at the Kanagawa Prefecture Music Hall for the 81st & the 105th Ongakudo Suisen Ongakukai and the 20th Ongakudon Shinjin Ongakukai, the Hoshino Music Festival in Karuizawa and the 50th Anniversary concert organised by the administration of Zushi town. She also released a music video titled "Piano to tomoni" from the Sony Music Entertainment.
In 1989, Tobimatsu won the 2nd prize (no first prize was given) in the category of Duo Performance for Violin & Piano at the 16th Palma d'Oro International Competition in Finale Ligure, Italy. As a soloist, Tobimatsu won the 4th prize at the Claude Kahn International Piano Competition in Paris, France and another 2nd prize (no first prize was given again) at the Palma d'Oro Competition in 1990.
While studying abroad, Tobimatsu gave duo recitals with the violinist in Finale Ligure, solo recitals in Vienna while appearing in various concerts around Europe including Italy, Germany, France and Austria.
Since returning to Japan, Tobimatsu toured around the country. She performed the Mozart Piano Concerto with the Japan Chamber Philharmony in 2004, a solo recital at Minatomirai Small Hall, a solo & four hands concert with Margit Fussi in 2005 and four hands concert with Margit Fussi in Baden outside Vienna in 2006.
Since 2006, Tobimatsu has been involved in producing classical concerts in lecture-recital format in order to gain familiarity for the audience. She has also appeared regularly as a guest speaker on FM Radio programmes.
Currently, apart from being a pianist for the Karuizawa Music Summer School and the Kamakura Chorus group, Tobimatsu continues to work with various orchestra members both nationally and internationally and performs as a soloist and as an ensemble pianist for various recitals and competitions.
Photo: Masashige Ogata
|Kentaro Yoshii (Cello)
Born into a musical family in Tokyo, Kentaro Yoshii learned the essence of “ensemble playing” during early childhood from his father, a cellist and member of the NHK Symphony Orchestra and his mother who was a pianist.
At the age of six, Yoshii began to learn the cello first with his father then with Ushichi Omura.
During the same period as Hideo Saito, Ohmura studied with Emmanuel Feuermann in Berlin and both of them are now considered as pioneering cellists to popularize the cello as an instrument in Japan.
In 1970 despite his acceptance, Yoshii decided to move to Austria shortly after he studied with Keishi Miki at the Tokyo University of the Arts High School. In Austria, Yoshii went to the Vienna Konservatorium and the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and studied with Nikolaus Huebner and Wolfgang Herzer.
In 1973 Yoshii was given the opportunity to work as an extra for the prestigious Vienna Symphony Orchestra after his acclaimed performance of the Shostakovich cello sonata.
Yoshii was the first non-western musician to be accepted into the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, as there was a specific policy towards the employment within the orchestra. After two years with the orchestra, Yoshii was given a rare opportunity to undertake the formal audition and became an officially employed member of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in 1975.
As a soloist, Yoshii has given recitals around Germany including Hamm and Altenkirchen (1974) and also formed the Brahms Trio with Werner Ehrenhofer (violin) and Renate Cordis (piano) in 1977. Based in Eisenstadt, Austria, the trio performed in various places and Yoshii later married the pianist Renate Cordis.
Yoshii was appointed the position of second solo-cellist at the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in 1979, yet he continued to accomplish himself as a musician by attending master classes and working with artists such as Janos Starker in 1982, Josef Luitz in 1985 and Pierre Fournier in 1986.
Yoshii has given numerous concerts in Japan, Europe and the America.
He continues to perform around the world and gives recitals and concerts as a soloist and as a chamber musician.
Photo: Eiji Shinohara
|Takahito Asai (Baritone)
これまでに、持田 篤、中澤 桂、栗林 義信、成田 繪智子、伊藤 功俊、白井 光子、ハルトムート・ヘル、ウード・ライネマンの諸氏に師事。現在、二期会会員、日本演奏連盟会員、東京音楽大学合唱研究員、二期会マイスタージンガー・メンバー。