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 Advisor to 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, 2018|
©Shimokoshi Haruki■Mari Kumamoto（Piano）
Mari Kumamoto moved to Spain at the age of ten and studied in England. She is called "Passionate pianist" and her performance attracts the audience by instantly capturing the essence of music. Due to her activities, including collaborative events with actors, TV appearances and writing, she always receives widespread support from fans. Kumamoto released two albums, "Mari plays Gillock" and "Mari plays Satie" in 2017.
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Masayuki Okamoto graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts and was appointed as a principal bassoonist at the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in 1989.
He won the 1st prize at the 6th Japan Wind and Percussion Competition. Currently, he is a part-time teacher at the Music Department of Tokyo University of the Arts, and a specially appointed professor at Toho Gakuen School of Music.
【Lobby Concert 25 Vol.378】
©Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra
©Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra■Taira Kaneko（Clarinet）
Taira Kaneko studied under Sabine Meyer at Musikhochschule Lübeck, Germany while he was a student of Tokyo University of the Arts. He performed as a clarinetist at Theater Lübeck Orchestra. He became the first Japanese who won the 3rd prize at Internationaler Musikwettbewerb der ARD. Currently, he is a principal clarinetist at the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.
【Lobby Concert 25 Vol.379】
©Shigeto Imura■Mao Fujita（Piano）
In 2017, while still a freshman at the Tokyo College of Music, Mao Fujita won the 27th Concours International De Piano Clara Haskil in Switzerland, also winning three special awards―the “Audience Award,” the “Prix Modern Times,” and the “Prix Coup de Coeur.” This achievement earned him international attention.
【Lobby Concert 25 Vol.380】
yumi graduated from the Department of Instrumental Music, Tokyo University of the Arts. As a soloist she performed with many orchestras including Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa and St. Petersburg Festival Orchestra. She has been a presenter for “OTTAVA Gioia,” a contemporary classical music program of the Internet radio OTTAVA since 2016.
【Lobby Concert 25 Vol.381】
©Shigeto Imura■Shizuka Mitsui（Cello）
Shizuka Mitsui won a lot of prizes at domestic and overseas competitions including the Music Competition of Japan and Enrico Mainardi Cello Competition. Currently, he plays as a soloist while studying at the academy of the Münchner Philharmoniker.
【Lobby Concert 25 Vol.382】
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.