The 18th Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting in 2018

Profiles of Contestants

Yukito Yamawaki

Entry No.17

[Japan]

Yukito Yamawaki

Yukito YAMAWAKI was born on May 8, 1992. He graduated from the Department of Conducting, Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts. In 2015, he studied as an intern under Kirill Petrenko, Zubin Mehta and others at the Bayerische Staatsoper. He received the Cultural Encouragement Award from Nobeoka Rotary Club in 2018. He took a diploma course for the International Conducting Masterclass held in Rumania. He conducted orchestras such as Orchestra Simfonic? Bucure?ti (The Bucharest Symphony Orchestra), Guangnam Symphony Orchestra, The Geidai Philharmonia Orchestra, Tokyo etc. He studied conducting under Tadaaki Otaka, Tatsuya Shimono, Kazuki Yamada, Chung Chi-Yong, Jorma Panula, and studied piano under Akira Eguchi.

Conner Gray Covington

Entry No.23

[USA]

Conner Gray Covington

Conner Gray COVINGTON was born on June 25, 1987. After graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2010, he went on to the Eastman School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music. He served as the Assistant Conductor of the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra and of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and has been the Associate Conductor of the Utah Symphony. He also conducted orchestras such as the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich (Switzerland) and the Danish National Symphony. He worked with the Nashville Symphony as a featured conductor in the 2016 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview presented by the League of American Orchestras. He won a Career Assistance Award from the Solti Foundation in U.S. (2017 and 2014) and studied under Clifton Evans, Neil Varon and Yannick Nezet-Seguin.

Dean Whiteside

Entry No.27

[USA]

Dean Whiteside

Dean WHITESIDE was born on January 31, 1988. He graduated from University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna in 2014. He won the Second Prize and the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra Prize at the Sixth International Competition of Young Conductors Lovro von Mata?i? in 2015. He is the founder and Music Director of Nashville Sinfonietta (since 2010). He served as the Assistant Conductor under Michael Tilson Thomas, Lorin Maazel, Roberto Abbado, John Adams, Fabio Luisi, and others. He has received fellowships from the Atlantic Music Festival (2018) and studied under Michael Tilson Thomas, Fabio Luisi and Uros Lajovic.

Shokhrukh Sadikov

Entry No.36

[Uzbekistan]

Shokhrukh F Sadikov

Shokhrukh F. SADIKOV was born on October 8, 1987. He obtained a Bachelor's Degrees from the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan (2008) and from Park University International Center for Music (2012). He graduated from the Detmold Hochschule fur Musik. He won the first prize in American Protege International Competition (NYC, NY) in 2014, and the first prize in the Coleman International Chamber Music Competition (Pasadena, CA) in the same year. He serves as the music director of the Hays Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of Cottonwood International Festival and Assistant Professor at Fort Hays State University. He performed as Principal Viola and Assoc. Principal Viola with orchestras such as the National Radio Chamber Orchestra of Uzbekistan. He studied under Michael Stern, Larry Rachleff and Robert Spano.

Brandon Keith Brown

Entry No.40

[USA]

Brandon Keith Brown

Brandon Keith BROWN was born on April 16, 1981. After graduating from Northwestern University (2003) and from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University (2011), he won the third prize in the 2012 Sir Georg Solti International Conductors’ Competition. He was a finalist in the Orchestre Philh. de Radio France, Assistant Conductor Competition (2015) and a semi-finalist in the International Competition of Young Conductors Lovro von Mata?i?. He conducted orchestras such as the Nurnberg Symphoniker, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSB), Leipziger Symphonieorchester, and others. He studied under Gustav Meier, Lorin Maazel, David Zinman and Kurt Masur.

Haoran Li

Entry No.41

[China]

Haoran Li

Haoran LI was born on April 22, 1986. He graduated from Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 2005 and from Hochschule fur Musik “Hanns-Eisler” Berlin in 2014. He won the first prize in the fifth edition of the International Conducting Competition Bucharest Jeunesses Musicales for young conductors in the same year. He conducted orchestras such as the Lasi Philharmonic Orchestra, Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra, Sibiu Philharmonic Orchestra, Lanzhou Symphony Orchestra and others. He served as an Assistant Conductor under Lu Jia (performing “Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg”) at the National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing, China (NCPA). He also served as the Assistant Conductor of China Youth Symphony Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra and Aspen Festival Orchestra. He studied under Xia Xiao Tang and Christian Ehwald.

Earl Lee

Entry No.62

[Canada]

Earl Lee

Earl LEE was born on December 9, 1983. He studied Cello at the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. He also studied conducting at the Manhattan School of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music. He is the recipient of the 50th Anniversary Heinz Unger Award. He conducted with orchestras such as Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Leipziger Symphonieorchester, and others. He served as the RBC Resident Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Artistic Director & Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. He currently serves as the Associate Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He studied under George Manahan, Kurt Masur and Hugh Wolff.

Nodoka Okisawa

Entry No.75

[Japan]

Nodoka Okisawa

Nodoka OKISAWA was born on April 28, 1987. She graduated from the Department of Conducting, Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts at the top of her class. At the graduation, she received the Acanthus Award and the Dosei-kai Award?an award given by the alumni of the Faculty of Music of the University. She has been studying the master of Orchestra Conducting at the Hochschule fur Musik “Hanns-Eisler” Berlin since 2015. She took master classes from Michiyoshi Inoue, Tatsuya Shimono and Peter Gulke. In 2015 she was selected as a Mendelssohn Scholarship recipient in 2017, from among more than 300 applicants and became one of the 20 students to attend Conducting Master Classes with Daniele Gatti and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. She studied conducting under Yoshikazu Tanaka, Yoko Matsuo, Tadaaki Otaka, Ken Takaseki, Christian Ehwald and Hans-Dieter Baum.

Masaru Kumakura

Entry No.93

[Japan]

Masaru Kumakura

Masaru KUMAKURA was born on March 11, 1992. He graduated from Toho Gakuen College Music Department and from Toho Gakuen Graduate School of Music. He has been an assistant under Paavo Jarvi (Chief Conductor) at the NHK Symphony Orchestra since September, 2016. He took part in the Kirishima International Music Festival and Seminar for conductors at Biwako Hall. At these seminars, he studied under Ken Takaseki, Ryusuke Numajiri, Harry Lyth and Norbert Baxa. At the 2017 European Music Academy, he worked with the North Czech Philharmonic Teplice at the Smetana Hall in the Czech Republic. He is a Part-time Lecturer at the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music. He won the second prize in the 12th Danube International Conducting Masterclass and Competition 2016. He studied conducting under Toshiaki Umeda and Tatsuya Shimono.

Wilson Ng

Entry No.145

[Hong Kong S.A.R,China]

Wilson Ng

Wilson NG was born on August 7, 1989. After graduating from Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne in 2012, he went on to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Universitat der Kunste Berlin. He won the James Conlon Conductor Prize at the Aspen Music Festival and the second prize at the 8th Sir Georg Solti International Conductors' Competition 2017. He founded the Gustav Mahler Orchestra, Hong Kong, and serves as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor. He conducted orchestras such as the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO Berlin), hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony) and others. He also performs with the Cologne Opera and the Scottish Opera. He studied under David Zinman and John Nelson.

Alexander Humala

Entry No.150

[Belarus]

Alexander Humala

Alexander HUMALA was born on January 26, 1983. He graduated from the Belarusian State Academy of Music in 2009, and Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts). He won the first prize in Jazeps Vitols International Choral Conductors Competition in Riga and the first prize in the International Choral Conducting Competition TOWARDS POLYPHONY. Currently, he serves as the chief conductor and artistic director of Belarusian State Symphony Capella "Sonorus" in Minsk and Associate Conductor at the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia. He studied under Jorma Panula, Yuri Simonov, Lorin Maazel, Marin Alsop, Richard Rosenberg and Vladimir Spivakov.

Samuel Seungwon Lee

Entry No.171

[South Korea]

Samuel Seungwon Lee

Seungwon Samuel LEE was born on March 3, 1990. Having received his violin, piano and viola lessons since his childhood, he became a member of the Novus String Quartet in 2009. As a member of the quartet, he won the second prize in the 61st ARD International Music Competition in Munich and the first prize in the International Mozart Competition Salzburg. He obtained a degree in orchestra conducting at the Hochschule fur Musik “Hanns-Eisler” Berlin in 2014. He conducted with orchestras in Germany such as the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Symphoniker Hamburg and others. Currently, he serves as Conductor of the school orchestra in the Musikgymnasium Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Berlin. He studied under Christian Ehwald

Kanade Yokoyama

Entry No.179

[Japan]

Kanade Yokoyama

Kanade YOKOYAMA was born on May 24, 1984. He received his master’s degree from Tokyo University of the Arts. From 2011 through to 2013 and in 2015, Yokoyama attended a Conducting Masterclass at Kunstlerhaus Boswil, Switzerland. Selected as an outstanding student there, he performed with the Argovia Philharmonic and won the orchestra’s first prize in 2011. He conducted orchestras such as Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, Yamagata Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Osaka Symphony Orchestra, Japan Century Orchestra, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra and others. At the World Music Contest (WMC) Kerkrade 2017, he won the third prize. He studied conducting under Takao Nakamura, Ken Takaseki, Hideomi Kuroiwa, Douglas Bostock and Tadaaki Otaka

Erika Kiko

Entry No.191

[Japan]

Erika Kiko

Erika KIKO was born on April 27, 1988. She graduated from Tokyo College of Music, Conducting, and finished Conducting Masterclass at the same collage. While studying at Tokyo College of Music, she was selected as an outstanding student in Michiyoshi Inoue's short course for conductors. Later, she appeared as an assistant conductor in many performances. One of them is “La Boheme” presented by NISSAY OPERA. She has been an assistant conductor for the Miyazaki International Music Festival since 2015. Since September in 2017, she has been serving as an assistant for Paavo Jarvi at NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo. Currently, she is an assistant conductor of Kyoto Junior Orchestra. She studied conducting under Junichi Hirokami, Tatsuya Shimono, Yasuhiko Shiozawa, Toshifumi Tashiro, and Masanori Mikawa.

Iaroslav Zaboiarkin

Entry No.217

[Russia]

Iaroslav Igorevich Zaboiarkin

Iaroslav Igorevich ZABOIARKIN was born on September 20, 1987. After graduating from St.Petersburg musical college in 2006, he studied violin and conducting at St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. He performed as a violinist at St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchesta. In 2017, he was selected as an active participant and student for Jarvi conducting academy in Tallin and Parnu. He won the Third distinction prize at the 10th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors, and in the same year, he made his debut conducting for the State Academic Symphony Orchestra in Grand hall of St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. He studied under Mikhail Kukushkin.

Mamoru Suzuki

Entry No.234

[Japan]

Mamoru Suzuki

Mamoru SUZUKI was born on March 22, 1990. He graduated from Tokyo College of Music, Conducting, then furthered his studies at Ueno Gakuen University. He attended master classes of Ken Takaseki and Tatsuya Shimono at the Kirishima International Music Festival in 2014 and 2015. He serves as the assistant conductor of Kyoto Junior Orchestra since 2016. He conducted the opera “Carmen” at the 30th Anniversary of Rokusho no Mori Classic Concert. He served as an assistant for Pietari Inkinen, Chief Conductor of Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. He studied conducting under Junichi Hirokami, Tatsuya Shimono, Yasuhiko Shiozawa, Toshifumi Tashiro, Masanori Mikawa, Masahiko Okochi and Yosuke Funabashi.

Kent Moussault (Nanami)

Entry No.239

[Japan/Dutch]

Kent Moussault (Nanami)

Kent MOUSSAULT was born on October 12, 1993. He studied composition at Conservatorium van Amsterdam (Amsterdam University of the Arts) from 2013 to 2015. Currently, he has been studying orchestral conducting at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague. He had received a Wagner Scholarship to the Bayreuther Festspiele in 2016 provided by the International Association of Wagner Societies. He won the first prize in 2016 Hilversum Muziek Concours,and in the same year, he served as the Assistant Conductor under Jac van Steen. He alsoguest conducted with Catchpenny Ensemble. He will assume the position of the conductor of the 2018 European Medical Students' Orchestra and Choir (EMSOC). He studied under Jac van Steen, Kenneth Montgomery, Willem Jeths, Wim Henderickx.

Mayu Sakaki

Entry No.245

[Japan]

Mayu Sakaki

Mayu Sakaki was born on July 3, 1993. She graduated from Toho Gakuen College Music Department, Conducting. Currently, she is in her second year of Graduate Courses, Conducting, at the same college. She attended the Kirishima International Music Festival conducting class in 2013 and 2014. In 2014, she won the conducting class award and conducted in the Final Concert. She joined the short-term student exchange programs between Toho Gakuen School of Music and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. She studied conducting under Toshiaki Umeda and piano under Iku Miwa.

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