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Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has been at the forefront of the orchestral world ever since its founding in 1946. The TSO engages the following conductors: Music Director, Hubert SOUDANT; Laureate Conductor, Kazuyoshi AKIYAMA, following his historic forty-year tenure as TSOfs Music Director; Permanent Conductor, Naoto OTOMO; Resident Conductor, Norichika IIMORI; and Guest Principal Conductor, Nicola Luisotti. Its many achievements include giving the premiere performances of many works by Japanese composers. Well over two hundred compositions were first performed by the orchestra. In recognition of its achievement in providing a forum for the debut of contemporary works, the TSO received the Minister of Education Award, the Ongaku-no-tomo Award, the Kyoto Music Award, the Mainichi Music Award, the ExxonMobil Music Awards, Suntory Music Award and other many awards.
The TSO has been regularly performing various operas and ballets at the New National Opera Theatre since its opening in 1997. Since becoming a semi-resident orchestra for the City of Niigata in 1998, the TSO has performed Niigata subscription concerts and special concerts as well as concerts at hospitals and schools.
The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra reached an agreement with the City of Kawasaki to expand its concert activities by becoming the resident orchestra of the Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall, which opened in July 2004, and to perform a Kawasaki subscription series and various concerts.
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Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Conductor
Born in 1941, Akiyama received his musical training at the Toho Gakuen School of Music and studied conducting under Hideo Saito. In February 1964, a year after graduating, He made his debut with The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Just two months later, he accepted the dual post of Music Director and Permanent Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony, a position he held for many years.
His many professional posts have included Assistant Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the American Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (now Conductor Laureate). He also held the post of Music Director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra (now Conductor Emeritus). During this time, Akiyama has been invited as a guest conductor to the world's top orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Cologne Radio Orchestra, Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra, Suisse Romande, and Tonhalle Zurich.
Akiyama is the recipient of numerous citations, including the Suntory Music Award and the Arts Encouragement Prize of the Minister of Education. Together with the Tokyo Symphony, he received the Mainichi Arts Award, the Kyoto Music Award, and the Mobil Music Award. In November 2001, he was awarded the Emperor's Purple Ribbon Medal by the Japanese Government, the highest honor in Japan.
From April 2004, Akiyama has held the post of Music Director and Permanent Conductor of Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, as well as Principal Conductor and Music Adviser of Kyushu Symphony Orchestra. In September 2004, he was granted the title of Conductor Laureate of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.
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Hubert SOUDANT, Conductor
Hubert Soudant was born in Maastricht. He won numerous prizes in several international competitions, such as International Conductors Competition of Karajan in Berlin, Competition of Cantelli in Milan, Concourse International de Besancon
Hubert Soudant was the principal guest conductor of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and the Music Director of Radio France Nouvelle Orchestra Philharmonique, Utrecht Symphony Orchestra, lfOrchestra Toscanini of Parma, Orchestra National des Pays de la Loire and the last 13 years for Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg. Since September 2004, he is the Music Director of Tokyo Symphony Orchestra in Japan.
Whether it is a concert or an opera, Hubert Soudant conducts the most prestigious European orchestras such as, Berliner Philharmoniker, Munich Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of Scala Milan, Dresdner Staats Kapelle, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Radio Orchestra, Frankfurt Rundfunk Orchestra, and many others. As an opera conductor he conducted operas at de la Bastille, and at all Italian opera houses like Parma, Catania, Palermo, Trieste and Bologna.
In July 2004, Hubert Soudant was honored by the city of Salzburg for his outstanding achievement gThe Ring of the city of Salzburg h and g Golden Cross of Honor h from the region of Salzburg.
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Nagaokakyo Chamber Ensemble
Nagaokakyo       ln order to dedicate all she had musically achieved and cultivated, Yuko Mori had long had a wish to create a string ensemble either in France or in Japan. This was finally realized when she by fate, met a dental doctor Dr. Towatari, who happened to be from Mori's native Nagaokakyo. The Ensemble was founded in March 1997. By the leadership of Yuko Mori with her wide experience of chamber music the Ensemble has grown to the level of a rare international caliber in a relatively short period of time.
The varieties of expressions created from each string and its rich and fulfilling musicality is outstanding.
The members of the Ensemble are not only from Japan but also include those active in other countries such as France, USA, Spain and Finland.
The Ensemble has received the "Critic Club Award" in 1999, the "ABC Music Award" in 2003, and the "Japan Pen Club Award" in 2004.
Following their successful first overseas performances at "La Folle Journee" January 2003 in Nantes, France, the Ensemble was invited to play in the Japan Festival in Chicago in September 2003 which was also received with the highest of praises and acclaim.
 
Yuko Mori, Music Director, Violin
Yuko Mori
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 The late Professor Hideo Saito at Toho Gakuen School of Music, who had also been the professor of Seiji Ozawa, had found the special talent in Yuko Mori as an educator, and asked her to promise him to take care of the future of the Japanese musical education, However Mori, having studied in the Czechoslovakia with Maria Horonyova, decided to study further in France with Michele Auclair and postponed her return back to Japan.
Mori's professional career since has led her to play with l'Orchestre de Chambre Jean-Francois Pillard, l'Orchestre de Chambre des Musiciens de Paris, la Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy amongst many others. Between 1977 and 1987, she was a member of the Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.
Between 1988-1996, Mori was Associate Professor at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon.
ln 1989, she opened Kyoto Academy of French Music where many distinguished French professors and musicians are invited to teach every year.
The promise that was made with the late Hideo Saito was finally realized after 20 years of her career.
Having founded Nagaokakyo Chamber Ensemble in 1997, she took the position of professorship at Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University. She held this position until 2004.
For her outstanding contribution towards the musical world, the Government of France awarded Yuko Mori with the "Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" in 1991 and the "Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" in 2003.
 
Ikuyo Kamiya, Piano
Ikuyo Kamiya
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  Acclaimed a master of her generation, Ikuyo Kamiya is one of the most prominent pianists in Japan. Beginning the piano at the age of eight, she studied under Aiko Iguchi at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo and following her first prize at the Japan Music Competition, was chosen to study at the Essen National Academy in Germany, where she studied with Klaus Hellwig and Stefan Askenaze.
Ms. Kamiya's international career was launched following her victory at the 1972 Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition, after which she was invited to perform throughout Belgium at various festivals in recital as soloist with orchestras including the Brussels National Orchestra and the Antwerp Orchestra. A review of her subsequent London debut described her playing as being gabundant in musicality and powerful presentationh and gthe result of a through analysis.'
Invited to play as soloist with all the major Japanese orchestras including the NHK Symphony, Tokyo Symphony and Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Ms. Kamiya also performs at home and abroad with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Orchestre de Chambre Jean-Francois Paillard. Her collaborations with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Heinz Roger and Maxim Shostakovich have also garnered great critical acclaim. In addition to solo recitals, and concerto performances, she also regularly gives chamber music performances with artists such as the Cleveland Quartet and members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ikuyo Kamiya is known for her wide repertoire, and particularly recognised for her interpretations of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann, Chopin, Mussorgsky and Satie, many of which are available in her extensive discography. She has made 20 recordings on the RCA label, including acclaimed recordings of the major Beethoven sonatas released in Europe and the U.S.,where they achieved record sales. She continued to record on the Fontec label and in 2001 released a CD marking the 35th anniversary of her debut featuring the Grieg Piano Concerto and Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio and Chosei Komatsu. Her most recent recording entitled Ikuyo Kamiya ` J.S. Bach was released in 2003.
In 1988, Ms. Kamiya received the prestigious Arts Festival Award of Japan. She is currently professor at Kyoto Municipal University.
 
Cello Ensemble Saito
Cello Ensemble Saito
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 The violoncello, having been the late Hideo Saito's own instrument, Cello Ensemble Saito was founded by his students in memory of his 7th anniversary of his death. Their first performance took place in May 1982 with twenty-eight worldly active cellists including Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Ko Iwasaki. Their success later led to the foundation of Saito Kinen Orchestra in September 1984 at the tenth anniversary of the late Saito's death. The Cello Ensemble Saito has performed seven concerts including that of May 2002 to commemorate the 100th year of Saito's birth. They have performed at the American Cello Congress in Arizona in 1996 and the following year, were invited to perform at the First International Cello Congress in St Petersburg where their performance was highly received by Janos Starker and Mstislav Rostropovich.
 
Juro Aoki, Cello
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Juro Aoki was born in 1915 into the family whose business was chemical medicine trading in Tokyo.
This business character led him and his siblings to grow up studying German and French. His upbringing and environment were such that he was always surrounded with music and literature at home.
Aoki began his cello lessons with Arnold Fischer, one of his brother's merchants from Germany and a former student of Julius Klengel in his country. Later, his lessons were continued with Fumio Suzuki.
Making his NHK debut several months before the end of the second World War, Aoki performed in many solo and chamber music concerts broadcasting in Japan. lncluded in these concerts and broadcasting were many Japan premieres of works for cello by MartinuCProkofiev and others. Later, Aoki has formed a string quartet together with W. Schtanforgen and has performed Japan premieres of works by HindemithCRavel and Britten which opened new doors of opportunities to the world of chamber music in Japan.
Aoki teaches cello and chamber music classes mainly at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo and devotes his time to educate many of the young and upcoming artists.
Mr. Aoki has received the "Shinnittetsu music award" in 2006
 
Joseph Lin , Violin
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An active solo and chamber musician, Joseph Lin has performed at Symphony Hall in Boston, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Wigmore Hall in London, Town Hall in Auckland, and the Salle Cortot in Paris. He has appeared as soloist with the Boston Symphony, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Sapporo Symphony, the Taiwan National Symphony, the Auckland Philharmonia, and the Kiev Philharmonic. His regular festival appearances include Marlboro, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Tucson Winter Festival, and the Strings Festival in Steamboat Springs. Mr. Lin was a founding member of the Formosa Quartet, winner of the 2006 London International String Quartet Competition.
In 1996, Mr. Lin was awarded First Prize at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts the same year. In 1999, he was selected for the Pro Musicis International Award, and in 2001, he won First Prize at the inaugural Michael Hill World Violin Competition in New Zealand. His recordings include the music of Korngold and Busoni on the Naxos label, the unaccompanied works of Bach and YsayeN on the N&F label, and the Formosa Quartet's debut CD released by EMI.
Joseph Lin's violin teachers have included Mary Canberg, Shirley Givens, and Lynn Chang. Mr. Lin graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 2000. In 2002, he began an extended exploration of China, spending 2004 studying Chinese music in Beijing as a Fulbright Scholar. At Cornell, Joseph organized the inaugural Chinese Musicians Residency in April 2009. In 2009-2010, Joseph is working on a project with Cornell composers to study the violin Sonatas and Partitas of Bach, and to produce new pieces inspired by Bach. This will culminate in a series of concerts in the spring premiering the new works alongside Bach's Sonatas and Partitas.
Mr. Lin's 2009 - 2010 season includes performances in Japan with pianist Alessio Bax, the Kiev National Philharmonic, the Yomiuri Symphony, and chamber music at Suntory Hall; in Taipei with the Taiwan National Symphony; in New York at Weill Recital Hall, and appearances at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and the Marlboro Festival.
 
Eusia String Quartet
Eusia String Quartet
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  The Eusia String Quartet was formed in September 2000.
Professor Yuko Mori, who has also been their primary coach at the Chicago College of the Performing Arts, brought the members of the quartet together.
The name EUSIA is a hybrid of the three continents that the members of the quartet represent. Mr. Tateno is from Helsinki, Finland and Mr. Zitoun is from Paris, France (EUrope). Ms. Ogura is from Nara and Mr. Takagi is from Osaka, on the west side of Japan (aSIA).
This quartet is the Gold medal winner of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in 2001 and is based in Chicago, Illinois (eUSiA).
 

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