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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Kyoko Ogawa completed the Postgraduate Course of Tokyo University of the Arts. She won the 1st prize and the Audience Award at the 10th Tokyo Music Competition. She plays with many orchestras including the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Currently, she plays at the Saito Kinen Orchestra.
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Shun Ito, born in Osaka, graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts and the Toho Orchestra Academy. While at the academy, Ito joined the New Japan Philharmonic as a principal trumpet player. He won the 1st prize at the sixth Kansai Trumpet Players Association Competition. He studied trumpet under Satoshi Miyamura, Hiroaki Hayasaka, Mineo Sugiki, and Daisuke Shirozu and chamber music under Shinichi Go and Yoshito Wakabayashi.
Akio Ueki studied cello at Toho Gakuen College Music Department, Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique de Lyon and Indiana University. Ueki won the cello category at the Japan Chamber Music Contest and the Japan Music Contest and the Gold Prize at the 1st Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Award. He plays with many orchestras and studies cello under Keiko Matsunami, Yvan Chiffoleau and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi.
■St. Paul's University Glee Club
St. Paul's University Glee Club has 90 years of history, and a long relationship with Hotel Okura Tokyo as it has performed at many events since the opening of the hotel. The club has performed beautiful carols on every Christmas Eve at the hotel since 1990.
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.
©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.