Prize Winners of the past Competitions

Prize Winners of the past Competitions

1st

1967

1st Prize
Yukinori Tezuka
Tezuka successively served as the Conductor of the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra from 1972 to 1983, the Permanent Conductor of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra from 1983 to 1985, the Permanent Conductor of the Gunma Symphony Orchestra from 1987 to 1992. Between the years of 1972-1992, he was the member of the New Japan Philharmonic Resident Conductors, and from 1996 to 2000, he served as the Principal Conductor of the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra.
2nd Prize
Shigenobu Yamaoka
Yamaoka has served as the conductor for various orchestras in succession, such as the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Gunma Symphony Orchestra, and the New Philharmony Orchestra Chiba. Since 1979, he has been the professor for the research institute at the Nihon University College of Art.
3rd Prize
Hiroshi Koizumi
Koizumi began with the assistant conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and served as the conductor of the Orchestra Osaka Symphoniker from the time of its establishment for ten years. Later he conducted as the Honorary Conductor of the Orchestra Osaka Symphoniker, as well as the Principal Conductor of the Nissho Academy Chorus. He has been the lecturer in music at various institutes, such as the Toho Gakuen School of Music, the Tokyo University of the Arts, the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, Ferris University and the Kagoshima Prefectural College.

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2nd

1970

1st Prize
Kazuhiro Koizumi
In 1973, Koizumi won the first prize at the third Karayan Competition, and he made his debut in Europe with conducting the Berliner Philharmonic Orchestra. Between the years of 1975-1979, he was the Music Director of the New Japan Philharmonic. He directed the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Canada from 1983 to 1989. Koizumi has consecutively served as the Principal Conductor of the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra from 1989 to 1996, the Principal Conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra from 1995 to 1998. He has been the Principal Conductor of the Century Orchestra Osaka since 2003.
2nd Prize
Tadaaki Otaka
Otaka served consecutively as the Permanent Conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra from 1974 to 1991, the Principal Conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra from 1992 to 1998, the Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in 1987, the Musical Advisor and the Principal Conductor of the Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo in 1995. He has been the Music Director of the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra since May, 2004. He has been the professor of the Department of Conducting at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts.
3rd Prize
Jacques Brourman
Brourman served as the conductor of the New Jersey Philharmonic.
Finalists
Kenichiro Kobayashi
Kobayashi won the first prize at the first Hungarian Television International Conductors' Competition in Memoriam of János Ferencsik in 1974. He served consecutively as the Music Director of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Permanent Conductor of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, the Music Director and the Permanent Conductor of the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the General Music Director of the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, the Permanent Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the professor of the Department of Conducting at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts. He has been the Guest Professor of the Tokyo College of Music.
Finalists
Michiyoshi Inoue
Inoue won the first prize at the Guido Cantelli Conductors Competition organized by Teatro alla Scala in 1971. He was appointed as the Principal Guest Conductor of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in 1977. He served as the Music Director of the New Japan Philharmonic from 1983 to 1988, the Music Director and the Permanent Conductor of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra from 1990 to 1998. He conducted with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1993. He has been the Music Director of the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa since January, 2007.

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3rd

1973

1st Prize
no recipient
2nd Prize
Akinari Iguchi
deceased
2nd Prize
Yasuhiko Shiozawa
Shiozawa was appointed as the Permanent Conductor of the Choral Group of Nikikai in 1976. He was the Associate Professor of the Tokyo College of Music. He served as the Permanent Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Sophia University and the Meiji Gakuin University. He has been the General Music Director of the Shirogane Philharmonic Orchestra.
2nd Prize
David Howell
Howell has been the Conductor of the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra and the Professor of the Osaka College of Music.
3rd Prize
no recipient

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4th

1976

1st Prize
Alan Balter
Balter served as the Assistant Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 1976. He was the conductor of the orchestra of San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He served as the Music Director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra from 1984 to 1998. Since 1983, he has been the Music Director of the Akron Symphony Orchestra.
2nd Prize
Jerome Kaltenbach
Kaltenbach was the Music Director of Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy, as well as the Music Director of Opéra national de Lorraine (Opéra de Nancy et de Lorraine.) He has been often invited to conducting as the Guest Conductor for the performances of the Tokyo Nikikai Opera Foundation.
3rd Prize
Makoto Kokubu
Kokubu served as the Assistant Conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Conductor of the Gunma Symphony Orchestra. He has been the Permanent Conductor of Tokyo Academy Choir.

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5th

1979

1st Prize
Yoshikazu Tanaka
Tanaka was honored with the Special Award at the Rupert Foundation Conducting Competition sponsored by BBC in 1982. He made his debut in Europe with conducting the Berlin Radio Symphony, now known as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Since 1998, he has been a part-time instructor of the Department of Conducting at the Tokyo University of the Arts. He served as the Music Director and the Permanent Conductor of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra from 1990 to 1994.
2nd Prize
Kim Hong Jae
Kim was appointed as the Exclusive Conductor for the TV program "Here! Orchestras" in 1980 and the Exclusive Conductor for the TV program "My Music Concert" in 1981. Also he was appointed as the Conductor of the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra in 1981. He served as the Conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra and the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra. In 1998 he was honored with the "Music Award bestowed upon excellent conductors bearing great import for the future of the musical world" by the Akio Watanabe Music Foundation.
3rd Prize
Satomi Kurita
Kurita has been the Permanent Conductor of the Kita-Kyushu Symphony Orchestra since 1986. He has been the part-time instructor at the Kyushu Women's Junior College since 1994.
Finalists
Jean Paul Penin
Penin served as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Kraków Philharmonic of Poland.
Finalists
Kiyomasa Nagase
Nagase has been the lecturer at the Musashino Academia Musicae and the Music Director of the Tokyo Tutti Choral Group.

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6th

1982

1st Prize
Naohiro Totsuka
Totsuka was invited to the Tanglewood Music Festival as the Fellowship Conductor of the Berkshire Music Center (now known as the Tanglewood Music Center) and honored with the Tanglewood Koussevitzky Prize in 1983. He was appointed as the Assistance Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1984. He served as the Permanent Conductor of the Gunma Symphony Orchestra from 1988 to 1992 and the Permanent Conductor of the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra from 1992 to 1997. He was the Music Director of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra from 1994 to 1998.
2nd Prize
Kazushi Ono
Ono won the first prize at the 3rd Arturo Toscanini International Competition for Conductors in 1987. He was appointed as the Permanent Conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra in 1988 and became the Music Director and the Principal Conductor in 1990. He was appointed as the Permanent Conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra in 1992 and has served as the Conductor Laureate since 2001. He became the General Music Director of the Baden State Theatre in 1996 and the Music Director of Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in 2002. He has been the Principal Conductor of Opéra National de Lyon since November, 2007.Music Director, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony since April 2015.
3rd Prize
Hiroyuki Odano
Odano won the second prize at the Kirill Kondrashin International Conducting Competition in 1984. He was appointed as the Conductor of the Asami Maki Ballet Company in 1985. He successively served as the Conductor of the Century Orchestra Osaka from 1989 and the Principal Conductor of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra from 1995. He has been a part-time lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts since 1986, as well as at the Osaka College of Music since 2004.
Finalists
Kazushi Yamashita
Yamashita won the first prize at the Nicolai Malko International Competition for Young Conductors in 1986. He had served as the assistant to Maestro Herbert von Karajan since 1985 and it became the news that he conducted Berliner Philharmoniker in behalf of Karajan due to his sudden sickness. He served as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra in 1993 and as the Permanent Conductor of the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra in 1996. He has served as the Conductor of the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006 and currently been the Permanent Conductor of that Orchestra.
Finalists
Junichi Hirokami
Hirokami won the first prize at the Kirill Kondrashin International Conducting Competition in 1984. He became the Principal Conductor of the Norrköping Orchestra in 1991. He served as the Principal Conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra in 1991 and the Principal Conductor of the Limburg Symphony Orchestra of the Netherlands in 1998. He has been the Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra since 2006. He has served as the Permanent Conductor of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra since April, 2008 and currently been the Professor of the Department of Conducting at the Tokyo College of Music.

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7th

1985

1st Prize
no recipient
2nd Prize
Norichika Iimori
Iimori served consecutively as the Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra in 1994, the Honorary Conductor of the Opera House Symphony Orchestra in 1995, and the Resident Conductor of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra from 1995 to 2001. He has been the General Music Director of the Wurttemberg Philharmonic Orchestra since 2001. And since 2006, he has successively served as the Principal Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Permanent Conductor of the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra and the Permanent Conductor of the Izumi Symphonietta Osaka.
2nd Prize
Tetsuji Honna
Honna won the second prize at the Arturo Toscanini International Competition for Conductors in 1990. In the same year, he was honored with the first prize at the Hungarian Television International Conductors' Competition in Memoriam of János Ferencsik. He has served as the Music Advisor of the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra since 1991. He became the Permanent Conductor of the Orchestra Osaka Symphoniker in 1995 and the Permanent Conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra in 1998. Currently he is the Music Director of the Orchestra Nipponica.
3rd Prize
Pascal Verrot
Verrot was appointed as the Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra on the recommendation of Seiji Ozawa in 1986. In 1991, he became the Music Director of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra and the Principal Conductor of the Shinsei Nihon Symphony Orchestra (now known as the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.) Since 2003, he has been the Musical Director of Orchestre de Picardie and the Guest Conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been the Principal Conductor of the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra since April, 2006.
Finalists
Richard Westerfield
Westerfield was the Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He conducted the New York Philharmonic in 1993. He also conducted various top-quality orchestras of Boston, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Minnesota, Indianapolis and many others around the North America. Currently he is the Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

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8th

1988

1st Prize
Hirofumi Kurita
Kurita was the finalist of the International Competition for Orchestra Conductors "Antonio Pedrotti" in 1989. He served as the Conductor of the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra in 1992. He won the first prize at the First International Sibelius Conductors' Competition in 1995. He conducted the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Currently he is the Associate Professor at the Kunitachi College of Music.
2nd Prize
Alexandre Titov
Titov is the Permanent Conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre of Russia under Maestro Valery Gergiev.
3rd Prize
Carlo Rizzi
Rizzi won the first prize at the Arturo Toscanini International Competition for Conductors in 1985. He successively served as the Conductor of various top-quality orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala and etc. He has served as the Music Director of the Welsh National Opera since 1992. He conducted "La Traviata" featuring Anna Netrebko at the Salzburg Festival. He has been the Principal Guest Conductor of the Teatro Communale de Bologne.
Finalists
Yip Wing Sie
Yip won the first prize at the International Besançon Competition for Young Conductors. She successively served as the Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Canton Philharmonic Orchestra in 1986. She has been the Music Director of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta since 2002. She consecutively performed at "La Folle Journée au JAPAN" every year with her orchestra.
Finalists
Nikolai Diadura
Diadura was one of the finalists at the Hungarian Television International Conductors' Competition in Memoriam of János Ferencsik in 1988. He received guidance from Leonard Bernstein and André Previn at the Tanglewood Music Festival. He served as the Principal Conductor of the Kiev National Opera in 1988 and the Principal Conductor of the Seoul Symphony Orchestra in 1989. He has been the Music Director of the Kiev National Philharmonic Orchestra since 1996.

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9th

1991

1st Prize
Olivier Grangean
After winning the First Prize of the Competition, Grangean successively conducted Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Ho Chi Minh City Symphony Orchestra and others. He served as the Music Director of the Nicaragua National Symphony Orchestra.
2nd Prize
Daniel Kleiner
Kleiner served as the Music Director of Orchestre Poitou-Charentes.
2nd Prize
Yuri Nitta (née Nakamura)
Nakamura won the second prize at the International Besançon Competition for Young Conductors in 1990. She has been the teacher of the Soai University's Orchestra since 1991 and a part-time lecturer at the Kunitachi College of Music and the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music since 1995. Chairperson, The Sibelius Society of Japan since November 2014. Resident Conductor, Aichi Chamber Orchestra since January 2015.
3rd Prize
no recipient
Finalists
Akira Mori
Mori won the 3rd Prize at the Dinu Niculescu International Conducting Competition of Romania in 1993. He served as a part-time Lecturer at the Tokyo University in 1991 and the Visiting Assistant Professor at the Louisiana State University. He was appointed as the Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra in 1996.

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10th

1994

1st Prize
Francisco de Galvez
Galvez has been the Music Director of the Málaga Symphony Orchestra since 1995. He successively served as the Conductor of the Spain National Symphony Orchestra, the Berliner Symphoniker, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra and others.
2nd Prize
Dorian Wilson
Wilson won the 3rd Prize at the Arturo Toscanini International Competition for Conductors in 1990 and the second prize in 1992. He also won the second prize at the International Competition for Orchestra Conductors "Antonio Pedrotti." He successively served as the Conductor of Orchestre national de France, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and others. He was appointed as the Music Director of the Theatre Vorpommem in Germany.
3rd Prize
Koji Kawamoto
Kawamoto served as the Principal Conductor of the Northeastern German Philharmonic Orchestra and the Resident Conductor of the Theatre Vorpommem of Germany. He won the 3rd Prize at the 59th Prague Spring International Music Competition in 2007. He has been the Music Director of the Pilsen Radio Symphony Orchestra since September, 2009.
Finalists
Satoshi Uegaki
Uegaki has been the Permanent Conductor of the orchestra of the Musical Company "Shiki."
Finalists
Masahiro Ueno
Ueno was appointed as the Conductor of the Fujisawa Simin Symphony Orchestra in 1994. He won the highest prize at the Dimitri Mitropoulos International Conducting Competition in 1998.
Finalists
Ya-Hui Wang
Wang served as the Assistant Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony. She was appointed as the Music Director of the Akron Symphony Orchestra. Since 2004, she has been the Music Director of the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra. She participated in "La Folle Journée au JAPAN" first time in 2006.

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11th

1997

1st Prize
no recipient
2nd Prize
Marco Parisotto
Parisotto was appointed as the Principal Conductor of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (the first foreigner who was appointed as the Resident Conductor of an orchestra in China.) He has served as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Northern Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra and the Permanent Conductor of Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.
2nd Prize
Yun-Sung Chang
Chang has been the Professor of the Gyeongju University in Korea. Currently he is the Principal Conductor of the Opera House Symphony Orchestra in Osaka.
3rd Prize
Ronen Borshevsky
Borshevsky has been the Permanent Conductor of the Israel Kibbutz Choir.

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12th

2000

1st Prize
Tatsuya Shimono

Tatsuya ShimonoShimono won the first prize at the International Besançon Competition for Young Conductors in 2001. He has been the Permanent Conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra since 2006.

2nd Prize
Toshio Yanagisawa

Toshio YanagisawaYanagisawa conducted the New Japan Philharmonic at their periodic concerts in 2001. Since October 2005, he has been the Principal Conductor of the Opera House of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. He is currently the Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Balkan and the Principal Conductor of the Kosovo Philharmonic Orchestra.

3rd Prize
no recipient
Finalists
Christine E. Myers
Myers has been the Music Director of the Omaha Youth Orchestra. She served as the Conductor of the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra and the Assistant Conductor of the Eastman School of Music.
Finalists
George Tchitchinadze
Tchitchinadze has been the Conductor of the Georgian State Symphony Orchestra. He occasionally invited by the Saga International Music Festival to conduct the Hermitage Orchestra.

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13th

2003

1st Prize
no recipient
2nd Prize
Alexander Mayer

Alexander MayerMayer is the Founder and the Conductor of the Ricercar Chamber Orchestra. He served as the Music Director of the Chapel Orchestra of the University of Trier in Germany. He served as the Chief Director of the Kaiserslautern Symphony Orchestra in 2004. He had been the Assistant Conductor to John Nelson until 2008.

3rd Prize
James Lowe

James LoweLowe conducted the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 2003 and was appointed as the Assistant Conductor in the same year on April. He has been the Artistic Director of the New Bristol Symphonia.

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14th

2006

1st Prize
no recipient
2nd Prize
Kentaro Kawase

Kentaro KawaseKawase graduated from the Tokyo College of Music. He successively served as the Conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra and others. He served as the Assistant Conductor for the Pan Pacific Music Festival in 2007 and 2008. He made his debut in Europe with conducting Orchestre National d'Ile de France at the Finals and the Gala Concert of the International Music Competitions of the City of Paris (Concours Jean-Pierre Rampal) in October 2008.

3rd Prize
no recipient

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15th

2009

1st Prize
no recipient
2nd Prize
no recipient
3rd Prize
Mikhail Leontyev

Mikhail LeontyevMikhail Leontyev graduated from the Glinka State Academic Capella of St.Petersburg in 2000. He had studied the choral conducting under Prof. Tatiana Nemkina-Martynova at the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory of St. Petersburg. He received the special diploma and the special YAMAHA prize at the 5th International Prokofiev Competition in 2008. Since this February, he has been the conductor of the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the State Philharmonic on Caucasian Mineral Waters.

Finalists
Keita Matsui

Keita Matsui graduated from the Tokyo College of Music in 2007. He has conducted the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra, the Gunma Symphony Orchestra,the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra and others. He served as the choral conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus for the part of Stravinsky's "Oedipus Rex" conducted by Charles Dutoit at the periodic concert of the NHK Symphony Orchestra. He has studied conducting under Junichi Hirokami and Yasuhiko Shiozawa.

Finalists
Julien Jean Leroy

Julien Leroy graduated from Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.He has been the musical director and the conductor of the Young Orchestra of Paris "OJAL" and Orchestra Symphonique Paris Rive Droite since 2003. He conducted the Verbier Festival Symphony Orchestra of Switzerland, the National Arts Centre Symphony Orchestra of Canada and others. He was selected as a finalist of the International Orchestral Conducting Competition "Arturo Toscanini" in 2008.

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16th

2012

1st Prize
no recipient
2nd Prize
no recipient
3rd Prize
no recipient
Finalists
Maja Metelska

Maja MetelskaBorn in 1983, Maja Metelska received a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the Chopin Academy of Music, Warsaw, where she studied cello with Antoni Wit for her Master of Music. Ms. Metelska has attended masterclasses with Jorma Panula, Yuri Simonov, David Zinman (Aspen American Academy of Conducting), Marin Alsop, James Conlon and Leif Segerstam (Sibelius Academy). Since her debut concert with the Warsaw Philharmonic in 2006, Ms. Metelska has received repeated invitations from orchestras throughout Poland, and has also conducted the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Scottish Symphony Orchestra, among others. Ms. Metelska is currently a conductor with the Warsaw Chamber Opera.

Finalists
Mayana Ishizaki

Mayana IshizakiMayana Ishizaki graduated from the Tokyo College of Music with a major in conducting, and completed her research studies in conducting at the College's graduate school. She further honed her skills as a Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Arts Foundation conducting researcher in 2011, and at the Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo. This summer, she conducted the opera Hansel and Gretel.She made it to the second round of the 15th Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting. An outstanding student in Michiyoshi Inoue's 2nd short course for conductors, she has studied under Junichi Hirokami, Ken Takaseki, Tatsuya Shimono, Yasuhiko Shiozawa, Yasufumi Tokito and Masanori Mikawa. She has also taken open lessons from Tadaaki Otaka and Boris Belkin.

Finalists
Yuko Tanaka

Yuko TanakaYuko Tanaka completed a master's course in conducting at the Tokyo University of the Arts graduate school in 2010. She graduated from the music department of the Aichi University of Education in 2002, and completed her graduate studies there in 2004. That same year, she enrolled in the conducting division of Tokyo College of Music on a merit scholarship, graduating in 2008. A semifinalist in the 51st International Besançon Competition for Young Conductors, she has performed with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Tanaka has studied conducting under Tadaaki Otaka, Junichi Hirokami, Ken Takaseki and Yasuhiko Shiozawa, and piano under Hiroaki Kumamoto.

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17th

2015

1st Prize
Diego Martin Etxebarria

Diego Martin EtxebarriaHe 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.

2nd Prize
Gen Ota

Gen OtaGen 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.

3rd Prize
Corinna Niemeyer

Corinna NiemeyerCorinna Niemeyer began studying under Andreas Weiss at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe from 2010. From September, 2013 she began studying in Switzerland at Die Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (Master's degree course) under Johannes Schlaefli.She was awarded the "Talent chef d'Orchestre" (most talented orchestra leader), and the 2nd prize of the Concours, ADAMI (Administration des Droits des Artistes et Musiciens Interprètes)in September, 2014. She performed with l'Orchestre Colonne at the Salle Gaveau in Paris.From July, 2010, she has held the position of conductor and musical director of the Orchestre Universitaire de Strasbourg, France. She served as assistant conductor of the Sinfonieorchester des Südwestrundfunks in 2012 and 2015, and conducted for the Czech Hradec Kralove Philharmonic Orchestra in February and March, 2015.

Finalists
Ondřej Vrabec

Ondřej VrabecOndřej 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.

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