Japan’s Kyoto Symphony Orchestra Proclaims Subsequent Music Director

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Japanese conductor Nodoka Okisawa will be part of The Metropolis of Kyoto Symphony Orchestra (KSO) as its 14th chief conductor for an preliminary three-year time period. She would be the first girl to tackle the function for the reason that orchestra’s founding in 1956. 

“In October final yr, I performed the KSO for the primary time,” stated Okisawa in a video posted to Fb. “The efficiency at the moment was very transferring and so I used to be very blissful to return to Kyoto [and take on the role].”

She’s going to lead KSO’s subscription, training, and household live shows. She succeeds Junichi Hirokami who served a 14-year time period on renewed contracts from 2008 till March 2022. 

Okisawa is the winner of the famend Concours worldwide de jeunes cooks d’orchestre de Besançon 2019, the place she was moreover awarded the Grand Prix, Orchestra Prize, and Viewers Prize. In 2018, she gained the Tokyo Worldwide Music Competitors for Conducting — some of the outstanding worldwide conducting competitions.

From 2020 to 2022 she was a Berlin Philharmoniker Karajan Academy scholarship scholar and assistant conductor to Kirill Petrenko. In March 2022, she performed a solidarity live performance for Ukraine within the Berlin Philharmoniker, and in Might, she featured in Karajan Academy’s fiftieth Anniversary Efficiency with Petrenko. 

Following her debut with the Munich Symphony Orchestra in 2021, Okisawa returns this season as its Artist in Residence. In 2022 and 2023, she is going to make her debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, BBC Wales Nationwide Orchestra, MDR-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, and Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich. Moreover, she performs recurrently with the NHK Symphony Orchestra and Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, amongst others.

She has participated in masterclasses held by Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, and Kurt Masur, and in 2019 and 2020, she was a conducting scholar of Riccardo Muti’s “Italian Opera Academy in Tokyo.”

Okisawa’s upcoming initiatives embrace showing on the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Pageant 2022, conducting a manufacturing of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” and can make her debut on the Saito Kinen Orchestra.

Born in 1987 and at the moment based mostly in Berlin, Okisawa studied piano, cello, and oboe from an early age. A graduate of the Tokyo College of the Arts and Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin, her mentors have included Ken Takaseki, Tadaaki Otaka, Christian Ewald, and Hans Dieter Baum.