Naoto Otomo graduated from the Toho Gakuen School of Music.
He was named Assistant Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, and upon the recommendation of its members, made his debut with the orchestra at the age of 22.
He is currently Music Director of the Gunma Symphony Orchestra, Honorary Guest Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Conductor Laureate of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director of the Ryukyu Symphony Orchestra. In 2004, he was appointed as the first Music Director of the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan concert hall, a post he held for 8 years.
Naoto Otomo is the recipient of the 8th Akio Watanabe Music Foundation Award (2000) and the 7th Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Award (2008).
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Rio Arai is a sophomore at Tokyo University of the Arts. Arai won the 1st prize at the 68th Student Music Concours of Japan (Tokyo district) and the 2017 SALZBURG=MOZART International Chamber Music Competition and the Audience Prize at the 15th Tokyo Music Competition. She has played with many orchestras, was invited to a radio show, and awarded the Fukushima Prize in the university. Arai received a scholarship from Mr. Tokuji Munetsugu in 2017.
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©Akira Muto■Koki Kuroiwa（Piano）
Koki Kuroiwa graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts as an honors student. After graduating from the graduate program, Kuroiwa studied at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music and has won a number of contests including the 11th Tokyo Music Competition, the 84th Japan Music Contest, the 13th Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition. He has vast experience playing with Japanese and overseas orchestras. In 2017, he was invited to St. Petersburg, Russia, to play piano and highly praised.
Yukino Kaihara, born in Hiroshima, is studying at the Berlin University of the Arts after graduating from Tokyo University of Arts. Kaihara won the piano category at the 14th Tokyo Music Competition. She has played with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra under conductors Naoto Otomo and Kazumasa Watanabe. Kaihara has played solo and chamber music both in Japan and overseas and received many scholarships over her career.