The 17th Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting in 2015

Profiles of Overseas Participants

Ondřej Vrabec
No.2
Ondřej Vrabec
Czech Republic

Ondřej Vrabec studied horn under Professor Bedřich Tylšar at the Prague Conservatory, graduating in 1999. He went on to become the first chair hornist at the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. At the same conservatory, he studied conducting under Vladimir Válek, Hynek Farkač, Miriam Němcová, and Miroslav Košler, graduating in 2001. Subsequently entering the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, he studied under Radomil Eliška and Jiří Bělohlávek and earned his master's degree upon graduation in 2007. In 2007, he placed 4th in the Prague Spring International Conducting Competition, winning the judges' honorary mention and two other special awards for the most accomplished Czech candidate. Since 2013, has served as assistant conductor at the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, while simultaneously filling the position of first chair hornist.

Yukito Yamawaki
No.7
Yukito Yamawaki
Japan

A native of Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan, Yukito Yamawaki graduated from the Department of Conducting, Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts in March, 2015. In addition to conducting performances of the Nobeoka Junior Philharmony as its assistant conductor, he conducted four regular concerts (the 27th through the 30th) of the Nobeoka Wind Ensemble, a group formed of music university students and professional musicians. On September 2, 2012 he acted as assistant conductor for the Tomin Symphony Orchestra's performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection," at its 114th regular concert, held at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. At the university, he studied conducting under Tadaaki Otaka and Douglas Bostock, and piano under Akira Eguchi. From September, 2015, he plans to continue his studies as an intern at the Bayerische Staatsoper.

Mathieu Herzog
No.17
Mathieu Herzog
France

As violist for the French group, Quatuor Ébène, Mathieu Herzog won prizes in both the 2003 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition and the 2004 ARD International Music Competition. From 2007 on, this quartet held an exclusive contract under the Virgin Classics label (now part of Erato Records), and its recordings won numerous prizes. Mathieu Herzog began started becoming active as a conductor beginning in 2012, participating in the London Soloist Orchestra Competition, where he was awarded 1st prize in January 2014 by both the judging panel and the members of the orchestra. In the same year, he took a position as conductor of the Grazer Kammerorchester. Further, at a conducting competition sponsored by the MAV Orchestra, he was awarded the Edito Musica Budapest prize.

Diego Martin Etxebarria
No.18
Diego Martin Etxebarria
Spain

He studied Conducting in Barcelona, Weimar and Dresden and attended courses by J. López-Cobos, G. Gelmetti, L. Köhler and C. Seaman (with the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich). In Oprea productions, he has conducted Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" in Terrassa (Barcelona,) “Rita" at the Volksbühne Berlin, "L'elisir d'amore" in Galicien, Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte" in Dresden, Bizet's "Carmen" at the Santa Florentina Festival, Puccini's "La Bohème" at the Augsburger Theater, Dittrich's "Die Verwandlung" & "Die Blinden" at the Staatsoper Berlin and so on. He was a Principal Conductor of the Akademisches Orchester Freiburg (2010-2012) and the Euskadiko Ikasleen Orchestra (Basque Country, 2007-2008.) He was invited as the guest conductor of the Bilbao Symphony, Euskadi Symphony, Galicia Symphony, Tenerife Symphony, Ciudad de Granada Symphony, Málaga Philharmonic, Erzgebirgische Philharmonie Aue, Camerata Variabile Basel and so on.

Anton Torbeev
No.19
Anton Torbeev
Russia

Anton Torbeev has studied under Edward Serov at Russia's N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory since 2007. In 2010, he studied under Wolfgang Doerner at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz in Austria, and under Fabio Luisi in Sapporo, Japan. In 2014, studied under Castleton Festival founder Lorin Maazel. Has also studied under Edward Serov, Peter Gribanov, and Bernard Haitink. From 2012 to 2013, he served as music director at the Karaganda State Academic Musical Theatre, Kazakhstan. In 2013, took positions as principal conductor and opera company head with the State Primorsky Opera and Ballet Theatre, Vladivostok, Russia.

Harish Shankar
No.21
Harish Shankar
Germany/Malaysia

Harish Shankar studied under Konstanze Eickhorst in 2004 at the Musikhochschule Lübeck, earning a degree in piano. Studied conducting under Gerd Müller-Lorenz. In 2009, studied conducting under Eiji Oue at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover, Germany. In 2011, he served as a principal conductor for the "El Sistema" project, Peru. In 2013, studied under Gunter Kahlert and Markus Frank at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar, earning a master's degree in the Department of Conducting. At the same school, studied in master classes under Nicolás Pasquet and Mark Stringer. In 2014, became the Junior Fellow in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. In the same year, conducted for the Harvestehuder Sinfonieorchester in Hamburg, Germany.

Gen Ota
No.23
Gen Ota
Japan

Gen Ota was born in the city of Sapporo, Hokkaido in 1994. He is currently in his fourth year of study in the Department of Conducting at the Tokyo University of the Arts. He has studied conducting under Tadaaki Otaka and Ken Takaseki, and composition under the composer Junichi Nihashi. He has also taken lessons under Kazuki Yamada, Douglas Bostock, Péter Csaba, Zsolt Nagy, and László Tihanyi.

Tatsuma Takahashi
No.26
Tatsuma Takahashi
Japan

Born in 1989 in Yokosuka City, Kanagawa prefecture, Tatsuma Takahashi started playing the piano when he was 4 years old, and began studying conducting at age 14. He entered the Department of Conducting at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2008. Selected as a trainee conductor by the Rohm Music Foundation in 2010, he was also a sponsored artist of the “Meiji Yasuda Cultural Foundation“ in 2011. He graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2012. At the university, he received the Acanthus Music Award, the Ataka Award, and the Douseikai Prize (prize from the alumni association). He completed the master’s degree program in conducting at the Tokyo University of the Arts in 2014.He has studied conducting under Tadaaki Otaka, Ken Takaseki, Yoko Matsuo, Masamitsu Takashina, Tatsuya Shimono, Jorma Panula, and Douglas Bostok. He also studied piano under Haruhi Hata, Reiko Honsho, and Keiko Nozawa, and theory of music under Keiichi Morigaki and Junji Mitsuishi.

Koji Ishizaka
No.72
Koji Ishizaka
Japan

Koji Ishizaka is a native of Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. He attended the School of Music at the Tokyo University of the Arts, from which he graduated summa cum laude from the Department of Conducting. At graduation, was awarded the Acanthus Music Award and the Douseikai Prize (prize from the alumni association).He has studied conducting under Tadaaki Otaka, Ken Takaseki, Tatsuya Shimono, Douglas Bostock, and Jorma Panula; piano under Junko Taguchi and Satoru Sunahara; and accompaniment under Junji Mitsuishi. He participated in the Conducting Class at the 33rd Kirishima International Music Festival, winning the Kirishima International Music Award. In August, 2012, he attended Jorma Panula’s master class for conductors in Naantali, Finland.He also participated in the 1st round of the 16th Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting.

Dmitry Savenkov
No.73
Dmitry Savenkov
Russia

Dmitry Savenkov studied conducting at the Kharkiv National University of Arts from 1991 to 2000. From 2003 to 2008, he studied conducting under Vladimir Sorokin at the Gnessin State Musical College in Moscow, Russia. In 2010, he studied orchestra music and opera conducting under Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Vladimir Ponkin at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.Winner in an international choir conducting competition held in the Russian Federation’s Republic of Bashkortostan in 2006. From 2007 to 2011, served as conductor at the Yurlov Russian State Academic Choir. In the same year, conducted the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conducted Rachmaninoff’s opera “Aleko” and Vivaldi’s opera “La traviata” at the opera studio of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

Syurihito Matsumoto
No.91
Syurihito Matsumoto
Japan

Syurihito Matsumoto was born in Osaka in 1993. He began learning the violin and piano in childhood. Began aspiring to become a conductor while a member of the Century Youth Orchestra, where he was a violinist attending junior high school.He is now in his 4th year in the Department of Conducting at Tokyo University of the Arts, which he entered from the Kyoto Horikawa Senior High School of Music.From 2013, he has been active in performances with a fellow ensemble of El Sistema Japan, and has also served as conductor with El Sistema Japan’s stringed instrument classes in Fukushima prefecture’s Soma City.He studied conducting under Tadaaki Otaka, Masahiko Kurano, Yoshikazu Tanaka, Rika Tanino, Ken Takaseki, Douglas Bostock, and Nobutaka Masui; violin under Kazuki Sawa and Chieko Sogabe; and piano under Chieko Shiraishi.

Corinna Niemeyer
No.141
Corinna Niemeyer
Germany

Corinna Niemeyer studied Conducting in Zürich, Karlsruhe and Munich and attended masterclasses with Bernard Haitink (a.o. Lucerne Festival), Esa-Pekka Salonen and David Zinman. She was awarded the "Talent chef d'Orchestre 2014" (most talented orchestra leader), and the 2nd prize of the Concours ADAMI (Administration des Droits des Artistes et Musiciens Interprètes).Besides the Japan Tour, her 2016 highlights include debuts with the Gürzenich Orchester Köln, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and opera productions at the Opera Augsburg (Germany). She works closely with Francois-Xavier Roth, assisting him at the SWR-Sinfonie-Orchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg.Corinna Niemeyer has worked with many professional ensembles, including Konzerttheater Bern, Orchestre Colonne Paris, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz and Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester Mannheim. In the current season she holds the Assistant Conductor position at the Bergische Symphoniker (Germany). Enthusiastic about sharing her passion for music, she is the conductor of a children and youth orchestra (DEMOS) at the Philharmonie Paris.

Quentin Hindley
No.142
Quentin Hindley
France

Quentin Hindley trained under Zsolt Nagy at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris from 2007 to 2012. During his enrollment, he was awarded the 1st prize in the departments of conducting, music analysis and orchestration. He was awarded the “mention Très Bien,” the highest prize in conducting, and graduated with the highest ranking in his class.In March, 2014, served as assistant conductor to Kazushi Ono for performances at the Opéra de Lyon of Benjamin Britten‘s opera, “Turn of the Screw.”In October, 2014, conducted the Orchestre National de Lille in a performance of composer Tristan Murail‘s Reflections/Reflets. In January, 2015, conducted for the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse and the Orchestre de Mulhouse. In June, 2015, conducted the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne. He made his opera debut with l’Opera de Lille when he conducted a new opera by composer Jonathan Dove.

Naoko Grünberg-Sakai
No.173
Naoko Grünberg-Sakai
Japan

Naoko Grünberg-Sakai is a graduate of the department of conducting of the Hochschule für Musik Detmold, Germany, and of the Faculty of Education, Hiroshima University, Japan. From 2012 to 2013, she served as assistant conductor to Music Director Peter Kuhn of the Bergischen Symphoniker. In August, 2013, she took 2nd place in the Moldova International Conducting Competition(held in the city of Chișinău). She has conducted the Bergische Symphoniker, Kölner Rundfunkorchester, Budapest Danube Symphony Orchestra, Hanover Chamber Orchestra, Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz, Moldova National Philharmony, and Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie.

David Yi
No.215
David Yi
United States

David Yi is currently enrolled in the master’s course in orchestra conducting at the Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar. He has studied under Nicolás Pasquet, Markus L. Frank, Jurgen Puschbeck. In 2014, he studied under Klaus Arp at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim. In 2014, he was tutored by Hugh Wolff at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.In 2015, he was a finalist candidate for the conducting fellowship of the Chautauqua Institution in the United States. He also advanced to the finals in the conducting program of the Pacific Music Festival.In 2014, he conducted the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra and Hradec Kralove Philharmonic Orchestra.

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