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).
|Date||March 25, 2019|
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.
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【Vol.389】April 25, 2019
Rino Kageyama got the 1st prize in the senior department and the special award at the Lily Laskine Harp Competition. She won the 3rd prize at the ARD International Music Competition Munich and others. In 2018, she won the Fresh Artist Award at the Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Music Awards. She studied at the Music High School Attached to the Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts and its University. She has been in the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot since 2009 and got the highest diploma in 2011. Then she studied at the Berlin University of the Arts and finished the Karajan-Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker. She is a principal harpist at the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and received a scholarship from the Rohm Music Foundation in 2013 and 2014.
【Vol.390】May 25, 2019
Yasuhiro Suzuki graduated from University of Toho Gakuen. He won a lot of awards including the 1st prize at the string section of the 12th Takarazuka Vega Music Competition. After having studied at the Karajan-Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 2001, he became a contracted member of the orchestra. After his return to Japan in 2004, Suzuki is active at various musical events such as the Miyazaki International Music Festival. He also plays chamber music at the “Ensemble Tenkatoitsu” and organized lunchtime “Masterpiece Classics Series” concerts at the Oji Hall twice a year, putting energy to ensemble performance. He currently plays at the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra as a principal viola solo player.
【Vol.391】June 25, 2019
Hisaya Sato studied at Tokyo University of the Arts and Berlin University of the Arts. He has won at a number of international competitions. He played with the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra in 2015 and the Gunma Symphony Orchestra in 2016. Hisaya hold recitals, released CD albums including concertos and found unknown works as his life’s work. Many of his CD albums were selected as highly recommended albums from the Record Geijutsu Magazine. In 2018, he had a recital at Main Hall of the Suntory Hall and got audiences excited.
【Vol.392】July 25, 2019
Tatsuo Nishie is the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and the Joe Hisaishi Music Future Orchestra Concert Master. He plays with many orchestras as a soloist and formed the Sereno String Quartet and the Atman Trio. He won a subsidy from the Matsuo Music, the Grand Prize of the Arts Festival of Sendai and the Midori no Kaze Music Award. In 2015, he played a new song written by Joe Hisaishi on the 6 string electric violin for the first time in the world as a soloist. In 2016, he played with Hiromi Uehara, a jazz pianist, at the Untitled Concert, a Japanese TV program, and has been active across the border. In 2018, he released the 12th CD album and received a high evaluation.
Along with the opening
of The Okura Tokyo,
the Lobby Concert 25
will be held
in the Main Lobby
of The Okura Prestige Tower
from September 2019.
The last Lobby Concert
at the South Wing
will be held
by the winners
of the Hotel Okura Music Award.
August 25th, 2019
(Doors Open 4:00p.m.)
Ascot Hall (B2F)
*Entry fee: Free
◇A winner of the 11th
Hotel Okura Music Award in 2009
Shion Minami won the 2nd prize at the Long-Thibaud International Competition, the 1st prize at the "A.Curci" International Violin Competition and the 2nd prize at the Internationaler Joseph Joachim Violinwettbewerb, Hannover. She played with the Orchestre National de France, the Lille National Orchestra and others. She is a winner of the 21st Idemitsu Music Award and lives in Hannover.
◇A winner of the 16th
Hotel Okura Music Award in 2014
In 2013, Sunao Goko won the 1st prize at the Concours International de Violon Tibor Varga and is one of promising violinists. He studied under Mami Teshigawara, Gerhard Bosse, Akiko Tatsumi and Pavel Vernikov. He is the recipient of the 1682 Antonio Stradivari loaned to him by an individual owner. He won the 29th Idemitsu Music Award.
◇A winner of the 12th
Hotel Okura Music Award in 2010
Born in 1989, Miyuji Kaneko moved to Hungary to study piano at the age of 6. He won the 1st prize at the Bartok International Piano Competition 2008 and so on. He has performed with Zoltán Kocsis, Jonathan Nott, Ken-ichiro Kobayashi and others. He is a regular personality of the NHK FM Recital Passio program. He is a Steinway Artist.