| 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 TSO’s 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.
|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.
|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, l’Orchestra 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 “The Ring of the city of Salzburg ” and “ Golden Cross of Honor ”
from the region of Salzburg.
Nagaokakyo Chamber Ensemble
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
Yuko Mori, Music Director, Violin
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.
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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
Ikuyo Kamiya, Piano
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
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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 “abundant
in musicality and powerful presentation” and “the 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
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.
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Juro Aoki, Cello
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 Martinu，Prokofiev and others. Later, Aoki has formed a string quartet together
with W. Schtanforgen and has performed Japan premieres of works by Hindemith，Ravel
and Britten which opened new doors of opportunities to the world of chamber music
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
Mr. Aoki has received the "Shinnittetsu music award" in 2006
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 Ysaye¨ 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
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
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).