Prize Winners of the past Competitions

Prize Winners of the past Competitions

1st

1967

1st Prize
Yukinori Tezuka
Yukinori Tezuka 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. From1972 to 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
Shigenobu Yamaoka served as the conductor for various orchestras including the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Gunma Symphony Orchestra, and the current Chiba Symphony Orchestra. In 1979, he also served as a professor of the Arts Research Center, Nihon University College of Art. Currently he serves as the Honorary Conductor of the Chiba Symphony Orchestra.
3rd Prize
Hiroshi Koizumi
Hiroshi Koizumi began his conducting career as the assistant conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Thereafter he served as the conductor and later as the Honorary Conductor of the Osaka Symphony Orchestra (former the Orchestra Osaka Symphoniker), as well as the Principal Conductor of the Chamber Choir NISSHO. He also served as 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, Kazuhiro Koizumi won the first prize at the third Herbert von Karajan Foundation's “International Competition for Conductors”, and made his debut in Europe with the Berliner Philharmoniker. From 1975 to 1979, he was the Music Director of the New Japan Philharmonic. He directed the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Canada, from 1983 to 1989. Koizumi has served as the Principal Conductor of the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra from 1989 to 1996, and the Principal Conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra from 1995 to 1998. He served as the Principal Conductor and the Music Director of the Century Orchestra Osaka (current Japan Century Symphony Orchestra) from 2003 to 2008. From 2008 to 2013, he served as the Resident Conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Currently he is a Lifetime Honorary Conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and concurrently serves as the Music Director of the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra and the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, also as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra and the Special Guest Conductor of the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra.
2nd Prize
Tadaaki Otaka
Tadaaki Otaka served as the Permanent Conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra from 1974 to 1991, and as the Principal Conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra from 1992 to 1998. He serves as the Regular Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra (Jan. 2010~), the Conductor Laureate of the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra (former BBC Orchestra Wales Orchestra)(Jan. 1996~), the Honorary Music Director of the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra (April, 2015~), the Conductor Laureate of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra (April, 1991~), the Honorary Guest Conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra (April, 1998~), Honorary Conductor Laureate of the Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo (current Kioi Hall Chamber Orchestra Tokyo) (September, 2003~). Currently he serves as the Honorary Professor at the Tokyo University of the Arts as well as the Visiting Professor at the Soai University, the Kyoto City University of Arts, and the Invited Professor at the Kunitachi College of Music.
3rd Prize
Jacques Brourman
Jacques Brourman served as the conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
Finalists
Kenichiro Kobayashi
Kenichiro Kobayashi won the first prize at the first "In memoriam Janos Ferencsik" Hungarian television international conductor's competition in 1974. He served as the Music Director of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Permanent Conductor of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, the Music Director and Permanent Conductor of the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra (Nemzeti Filharmonikus Zenekar), the General Music Director of the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, the Permanent Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic (Česká filharmonie), the Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the professor of the Department of Conducting at the Tokyo University of the Arts. Currently, he is the Honorary Conductor Laureate at the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor Laureate at the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra (Nemzeti Filharmonikus Zenekar) and the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, the Special Guest Conductor at the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, the Principal Guest Conductor of the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, the Music Director at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan as well as the Honorary Professor respectively at the Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo College of Music and Liszt Ferenc Zeneművészeti Egyetem (LFZE).
Finalists
Michiyoshi Inoue
Michiyosh Inoue won the first prize at the Guido Cantelli Conducting Competition organized by La Scala, Milan 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 Permanent Conductor of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra from 1990 to 1998. He conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in April, 1993. He has been the Music Director of the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa since January, 2007, and concurrently serves as the Principal Conductor of the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra since 2014.

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3rd

1973

1st Prize
no recipient
2nd Prize
Akinari Iguchi
Deceased
2nd Prize
Yasuhiko Shiozawa
Yasuhiko Shiozawa was appointed as the Permanent Conductor of Nikikai Chorus Group in 1976. He was the General Music Director of the Shirogane Philharmonic Orchestra and the Honorary Conductor of the Tokyo Wind Symphony Orchestra, and concurrently serves as the Honorary Professor at the Tokyo College of Music.
2nd Prize
David Howell
Deceased in July, 2017
3rd Prize
no recipient

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4th

1976

1st Prize
Alan Balter
Alan Balter was appointed as the Assistant Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 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. In 1983, he was appointed as the Music Director of the Akron Symphony Orchestra. Deceased in August, 1998.
2nd Prize
Jerome Kaltenbach
Jerom Kaltenbach was the Music Director of Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy, as well as the Music Director of Opéra national de Lorraine
3rd Prize
Makoto Kokubu
Makoto Kokubu conducted orchestras not only in Japan but also in Taiwan. His career expanded to the field of opera, and has been playing a leading role in coaching amateur orchestras as well.

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5th

1979

1st Prize
Yoshikazu Tanaka
Yoshikazu 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 Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, now known as the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. He served as the Guest Conductor at Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra from 1987 to 1989 and in 1990, he was appointed as the Music Director and Permanent Conductor of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra. In 2005, he was invited by Taipei Symphony Orchestra, one of the major orchestras in Taiwan, to conduct its regular concert. In 2007, he conducted the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra in Shanghai and in Nanjing.
2nd Prize
Kim Hong Jae
Kim Hong Jae 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. He was also 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 WATANABE Akeo Music Foundation Music Award, the award bestowed upon excellent conductors who will shoulder the future of the music arena, by the Akeo Watanabe Music Foundation. In June, 2016, he successfully conducted the Gwangju Symphony Orchestra, which performed in Japan commemorating the 40th anniversary of its foundation, and in November of the same year, he assumed the position of the Permanent Conductor of the same Orchestra.
3rd Prize
Satomi Kurita
Satomi Kurita served as the Permanent Conductor of the Kita Kyushu Symphony Orchestra from 1986 to 1988. In 1995 he was appointed as the Visiting Conductor of the Munakata Symphonic Winds, and from 1998, he has served as its Permanent Conductor. Currently, he is active mainly in the Kyushu Region, conducting the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, the Fukuoka City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kasuga Symphony Orchestra and the Female Chorus, Coeur Fleur.
Finalists
Jean Paul Penin
Jean Paul Penin served as the Principal Guest Conductor of Sinfonietta Cracovia. Having conducted various orchestras in Europe, Asia and USA, he was awarded the Officer in the Order of Merit of Poland in 1993, and National Arts et Lettres Chevalier in France in 1997.
Finalists
Kiyomasa Nagase
Kiyomasa Nagase has been the lecturer at the Musashino Academia Musicae and the Music Director of the Tokyo Tutti Choir.

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6th

1982

1st Prize
Naohiro Totsuka
Naohiro 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 was honored with the Koussevitzky Prize in 1983. He was appointed as the Assistant 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
Kazushi 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 and became its Music Director and Principal Conductor. He was appointed as the Permanent Conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. He became the General Music Director of Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe and the Music Director of Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (La Monnaie), Belgium. He has been the Principal Conductor of Opéra de Lyon, and the Music Director of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Currently he is the Music Director at the OBC (Barcelona Symphony Orchestra - the National Orchestra of Catalonia), and the Conductor Laureate of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. He will assume the position of Artistic Director of the Opera of the New National Theatre, Tokyo, in 2018.
3rd Prize
Hiroyuki Odano
Hiroyuki Odano won the second prize at the International Kirill Kondrashin Competition for conductors in 1984. He was appointed as the Conductor of the Asami Maki Ballet in 1985. He served as the Conductor of the Century Orchestra Osaka (current Japan Century Symphony Orchestra) from 1989 and the Principal Conductor of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra from 1995. He has been a part-time lecturer at the Department of Conducting, the Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts since 1986, and concurrently serves as the Specially Appointed Professor at the Osaka College of Music since 2004.
Finalists
Kazufumi Yamashita
Kazufumi Yamashita won the first prize at the Nicolai Malko Competition for Young Conductors in 1986. He served as the assistant to Maestro Herbert von Karajan since 1985, and conducted Berliner Philharmoniker on behalf of Karajan when he suddenly fell ill, which made the news at the time. 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 served as the Conductor of the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006 and from 2009 to 2012, as the Regular Conductor of the same orchestra. In 2016 he assumed the position of Music Director of the New Philharmony Orchestra Chiba (current Chiba Symphony Orchestra). He is a Visiting Professor at the Department of Conducting, the Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts.
Finalists
Junichi Hirokami
Junichi Hirokami won the first prize at the International Kirill Kondrashin Competition for conductors in 1984. He became the Principal Conductor of the Norrköping Orchestra, Sweden in 1991. He served as the Principal Conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra in 1991 and the Principal Conductor of Limburgs Symfonie Orkest in 1998. He has been the Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra since 2006 and Chief Conductor and Music Advisor of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra since April, 2008. He currently serves as the Professor of the Department of Conducting at Tokyo College of Music.

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7th

1985

1st Prize
no recipient
2nd Prize
Norichika Iimori
Norichika Iimori served as the Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra in 1994, the Honorary Conductor of The College Operahouse Orchestra in 1995, and the Resident Conductor of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra from 1995 to 2001. He is the Music Director of the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra, the Regular Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Permanent Conductor at the Izumi Symphonietta Osaka, the Honorary Conductor of the College Operahouse Orchestra and the Principal Visiting Conductor at the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen. He is currently?? the Principal Conductor at the Japan Century Symphony Orchestra.
2nd Prize
Tetsuji Honna
Tetsuji Honna won the 2nd prize at the "Arturo Toscanini" International Conducting Competition in 1990. In the same year, he won the first prize at "In memoriam Janos Ferencsik" Hungarian television international conductor's competition. After having served as the Permanent Conductor of the (current Osaka Symphony Orchestra), the Visiting Permanent Conductor at the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Music Director of the Orchestra Nipponica. He currently serves as the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra.
3rd Prize
Pascal Verrot
Pascal Verrot was appointed as the Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the recommendation of Seiji Ozawa in 1986. In 1991, he became the Music Director of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra (Orchestre symphonique de Québec). Thereafter he served as the Music Director of l'Orchestre de Picardie, the Théâtre impérial de Compiègne and Auditorium de Dijon and is currently the Permanent Conductor of the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra and the Honorary Conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Finalists
Richard Westerfield
Westerfield was the Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He conducted the New York Philharmonic in 1993 and also conducted orchestras in Boston, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Minnesota, Indianapolis and others around North America. He also served as the Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

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8th

1988

1st Prize
Hirofumi Kurita
Hirofumi 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
Alexandre Titov is the Permanent Conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre, Russia, under Maestro Valery Gergiev. From 2007 to 2013, he served as the Principal Conductor of the Saint Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra. Currently, he is the Professor at the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory.
3rd Prize
Carlo Rizzi
Carlo Rizzi won the first prize at the "Arturo Toscanini" International Conducting Competition in 1985. He conducted renowned orchestras in Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, as well as the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra. In 1992 he served as the Music Director of the Welsh National Opera and assumed the post of the conductor of the orchestra in 2015.
Finalists
Yip Wing Sie
Yip Wing Sie won the first prize at Besançon International Music Festival. She served as the Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Guangdong National Orchestra in 1986. She has been the Music Director of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta since 2002.
Finalists
Nikolai Diadura
Nikolai Diadura was one of the finalists at "In memoriam Janos Ferencsik" Hungarian television international conductor's competition in 1988. He studied with Leonard Bernstein and André Previn at the Tanglewood Music Festival. He served as the Principal Conductor of Taras Shevchenko National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine in 1988 and the Principal Conductor of the Seoul Symphony Orchestra in 1989. He has been the Music Director of National Philharmonic Society of Ukraine Kiev since 1996.

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9th

1991

1st Prize
Olivier Grangean
After winning the First Prize at the Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting, Olivier Grangean conducted l’Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Orchestre Lamoureux, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Zagreb Philharmonic, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, the International Choir and Orchestra of Ho Chi Minh City and others. He served as the Music Director of Orquesta Nacional de Nicaragua. In 2016 he assumed the post of Principal Conductor at the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia.
2nd Prize
Daniel Kleiner
Daniel Kleiner served as the Music Director of l’Orchestre Poitou-Charentes.
2nd Prize
Yuri Nitta (née Nakamura)
Yuri Nitta (Nakamura) won the second prize at the Besançon International Music Festival in 1990. She has been the coach of the Soai Orchestra since 1991, a part-time lecturer at the Kunitachi College of Music and the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music (current Aichi University of the Arts) since 1995. She has been Chairperson of the Sibelius Society of Japan since November 2014, and the Resident Conductor of the Aichi Chamber Orchestra since January 2015.
3rd Prize
no recipient
Finalists
Akira Mori
Akira Mori won the 3rd prize and the best Concerto Accompanying Award at the International Competition for Conductors, “Dinu Niculescu”, in Romania in 1993. Currently he is the Director of Orchestral Studies and Associate Professor at Drake University, Iowa, USA.

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10th

1994

1st Prize
Francisco de Galve (Dr.)
Francisco de Galvez served as the Music Director of la Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga from 1998 to 2011. After having served as the Conductor of the Spain National Symphony Orchestra, the Berliner Symphoniker, the Zagreb Philharmonic, the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra and others, he is currently the Director of Orchestral studies at Weber State University, Utah, USA.
2nd Prize
Dorian Wilson
Dorian Wilson won the 3rd Prize at the "Arturo Toscanini" International Conducting Competition in 1990 and the 2nd prize in 1992. He also won the 2nd prize at the International Competition for Orchestra Conductors "Antonio Pedrotti." He served as the Conductor of l’Orchestre national de France, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and others. He also served as the Music Director of the Theatre Vorpommem in Germany, the Principal Visiting Conductor and Music Director of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra (2004-2007). In 2007 he became the Permanent Guest Conductor of the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra in recognition of his longstanding contribution. Currently, he is based in Germany and has been serving as a guest conductor with l'Orchestre national de France, Radio Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt (current, hr-Sinfonieorchester), Berliner Symphoniker, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (FRSO) and the Lëtzebuerger philharmoneschen Orchester. In addition, he has also been guest conducting for orchestras in Italy, Spain, the United States and Canada, as well as at opera houses around Europe.
3rd Prize
Koji Kawamoto
Koji Kawamoto served as the Principal Conductor of the Northeastern German Philharmonic Orchestra and the Resident Conductor of the Theatre Vorpommem in Germany. He won the 3rd Prize at the 59th Prague Spring International Music Competition in 2007. From 2001 to 2007, he served as the Principal Conductor of the Theatre Vorpormmem and concurrently as the Principal Conductor at the Northeatern German Philharmonic Orchestra. From 2008 to 2014, he was the Music Director of Radio Symphony Orchestra Pilsen. Since his debut in China in April 2013 with the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, he has been successfully performing with Chinese orchestras including Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Xi’an Symphony Orchestra, Qingdao Symphony Orchestra and Hebei Symphony Orchestra.
Finalists
Satoshi Uegaki
Satoshi Uegaki served as the Permanent Conductor of the orchestra of the Musical Company "Shiki."
Finalists
Masahiro Ueno
Masahiro Ueno studied at Universität der Künste Berlin (Berlin University of the Arts) in 1996. He won the highest prize at the International Dimitris Mitropoulos Competition for Conductors in 1998 (there were no 1st and 2nd prize recipients). At the same time, he was awarded with the Mitropoulos Gold Medal. In 2000, he made his debut in Europe after having successfully conducting the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra at its regular concert and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra (Wiener Kammer Orchester) at its Austrian tour. Currently, he is a lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts, the Ferris University and the Seitoku University.
Finalists
Ya-Hui Wang
Ya-Hui Wang served as the Assistant Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. 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, Taiwan. Currently she serves also as the Music Director at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore.

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11th

1997

1st Prize
no recipient
2nd Prize
Marco Parisotto
Marco Parisotto was appointed as the Principal Conductor of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. He has served as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de la UANL and the Permanent Guest Conductor of Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Currently he is working as the Music Director of the Ontario Philharmonic. He has also been the Music Director of the Jalisco Philharmonic (Filarmónica de Jalisco) since 2014.
2nd Prize
Yun-Sung Chang
Yun-Sung Chang worked as the Chief and Music Director of the Seoul City Juvenile Orchestra (current Seoul Metropolitan Youth Orchestra) from 1999 to 2000 and thereafter served as the Permanent Conductor of the Ulsan Philharmonic Orchestra from 2000 to 2003, the Permanent Conductor of the Changwon Philharmonic Orchestra from 2003 to 2007. In 2008, he assumed the post of the Principal Conductor at the College Operahouse Orchestra of the Osaka College of Music, and currently, he is the Honorary Conductor of the same orchestra.
3rd Prize
Ronen Borshevsky
Borshevsky has been the Professor at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, the David and Yolanda Katz Faculty of the Arts, Tel Aviv University and concurrently serves as the Music Director of the Gary Bertini Israeli Choir, the Kibutz Artzi Choir and the Jerusalem Oratorio Choir respectively.

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12th

2000

1st Prize
Tatsuya Shimono

Tatsuya ShimonoTatsuya Shimono won the first prize at the Besançon International Music Festival in 2001. In 2006, he was offered the post of the First Permanent Conductor at of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and since 2013, he has been working as the Principal Guest Conductor of the same orchestra. From 2007, he has been the Professor at the Ueno Gakuen University, from 2011, the Music Director of the Hiroshima Wind Orchestra, and from 2014, the Permanent Guest Conductor at of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra. In April 2017, he assumed the post of the Music Director of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra. Currently, he serves as a professor at the Kyoto City University of Arts, Faculty of Music, Conducting.

2nd Prize
Toshio Yanagisawa

Toshio YanagisawaToshio Yanagisawa has been the Principal Conductor of Macedonian Opera and Ballet since October 2005. In 2007 he established the Chamber Orchestra of Balkan hoping for prosperity amongst the ethnic groups of the Balkans. He is currently the Music Director of the Balkan Chamber Orchestra, the Principal Conductor of the Kosovo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Honorary Principal Conductor at “Sinfonietta” Beograd as well as the Principal Guest Conductor at the Niš Symphony Orchestra.

3rd Prize
no recipient
Finalists
Christine E. Myers
Christine E. Myers has been the Music Director of The Omaha Area Youth Orchestras. She served as the Conductor of the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra and the Assistant Conductor of the Eastman School of Music.
Finalists
George Tchitchinadze
George Tchitchinadze has frequently been invited by the SAGA International Music Festival to conduct the State Hermitage Symphony Orchestra. He worked as the Conductor of the Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra, and as the Assistant Conductor and Music Director of the Tbilisi Opera House (the State Opera House of Georgia). Since 2016, he has been working as the Music Director of the Polish Baltic Frédéric Chopin Philharmonic.

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13th

2003

1st Prize
no recipient
2nd Prize
Alexander Mayer

Alexander MayerAlexander Mayer is currently the Music and Artistic Director of the Ensemble Symphonique Neuchâtel. He has been performing with l’Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, l’Orchestra Filarmónica di Torino, the Zuglói Filharmónia Budapest and l’Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne.

3rd Prize
James Lowe

James LoweJames Lowe is the coach and Conductor of the Senior Orchestra of the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland, the Artistic Advisor of the Nottingham Youth Orchestra, the Permanent Conductor of the Prussian Chamber Orchestra in Germany and the Vaasa City Orchestra in Finland as well as the Principal Conductor of the Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble.

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14th

2006

1st Prize
no recipient
2nd Prize
Kentaro Kawase

Kentaro KawaseKentaro Kawase made his debut in Europe with Orchestre National d'Ile de France at the Finals and the Gala Concert of Concours internationaux de la Ville de Paris, (Jean-Pierre Rampal Flute Competition) in October, 2008. Currently, he is the Conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra and the Permanent Conductor of the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra.

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 received a Special Award and the Prize of Yamaha at the 5th International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg in 2008. Since 2011, he has been working as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor at of the Tambov Symphony Orchestra and is currently conducting the Northern Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg Music Hall.

Finalists
Keita Matsui

Keita Matsui 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 Philharmonic Chorus of Tokyo, for the part of Stravinsky's "Oedipus Rex", conducted by Charles Dutoit at the regular concert of the NHK Symphony Orchestra. Since April 2011, he has been working as the Conductor in residence at the Philharmonic Chorus of Tokyo.

Finalists
Julien Jean Leroy

Julien Leroy worked as the Assistant Conductor of Ensemble Intercontemporain(EIC). He has performed with l’Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, l'Orchestre National de Lille, and Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire.

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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 Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, Warsaw, where she studied cello with Antoni Wit for her Master of Music. Metelska 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 Orchestra in 2006, 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 National Orchestra, among others. Metelska is currently a conductor of the Teatr Wielki Opera Narodowa.

Finalists
Mayana Ishizaki

Mayana IshizakiMayana Ishizaki won the first prize at the 2nd International Conducting Competition "NINO ROTA" in 2017. Currently she is working as a part-time Assistant Professor at the Ueno Gakuen University, Faculty of Music, Department of Music.

Finalists
Yuko Tanaka

Yuko TanakaYuko Tanaka was a semifinalist at the 51st Besançon International Music Festival in 2009, and the 5th International Conductors’ Competition Sir Georg Solti in 2010, respectively. In January 2013, she successfully made an overseas debut by performing with the Rijeka Opera Orchestra in Zagreb, Croatia. In April 2015, she made her debut as an Opera Conductor by conducting ‘La Traviata’ presented by Fujiwara Opera. In July 2016, she conducted the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra and in March, 2017, she conducted the opera ‘Yosakoi-bushi’, (composed by Kazuko Hara) which was sponsored by the Japan Opera Foundation. She frequently appears on radio such as NHK’s ‘Meikyoku Album (the compilation of good music) and ‘La la la classics’ also NHK’s radio music program, both of which are repeatedly radiocasted in response to listeners’ request. After successfully surviving the audition by Paavo Järvi, she worked as the official assistant for the 2015/2016 season.

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17th

2015

1st Prize
Diego Martin Etxebarria

Diego Martin EtxebarriaDuring the 2016/2017 season, Diego Martin Etxebarria conducted “Hansel und Gretel” at the Theater Krefeld Mönchengladbach as the Principal Resident Conductor of the theater as well as ‘Puss in Boot’ at the Teatro Real in Madrid in 2017. In July, 2017, he conducted the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra for its regular concert.

2nd Prize
Gen Ota

Gen OtaGen Ota was born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, in 1994. He studied conducting under Tadaaki Otaka and Ken Takaseki, and composition under the composer Junichi Nihashi. He has also studied under Kazuki Yamada, Douglas Bostock, Péter Csaba, Zsolt Nagy, and László Tihanyi. In March, 2016 he graduated with one of the highest grades from the Tokyo University of the Arts. Currently he is in the master program of conducting at the university’s Graduate School of Music.

3rd Prize
Corinna Niemeyer

Corinna NiemeyerCorinna Niemeyer began studying under Andreas Weiss at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe in 2010. In September, 2013, she began studying in Switzerland at Die Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (Zurich University of the Arts) (Master's degree course) under Johannes Schlaefli. She was awarded the "Talent chef d'Orchestre" (most talented orchestra leader), and the 2nd prize of Talents Adami chefs d'orchestre in September, 2014. She performed with Concerts Colonne at la Salle Gaveau in Paris. Since July, 2010, she served as a conductor and musical director of the the Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg, France. She served as an assistant conductor of SWR Sinfonieorchester in 2012 and in 2015, and conducted for the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Republic in February and March, 2015. In 2016, she conducted the Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne and the Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg, and assumed the post of the Assistant Conductor at the Belgische Symphoniker. Enthusiastic about sharing her passion for music, she works actively as the Conductor of DEMOS, an orchestra composed of children and youth at the Philharmoie Paris.

Finalists
Ondřej Vrabec

Ondřej VrabecOndřej Vrabec studied horn under Professor Bedřich Tylšar at the Prague Conservatory. After graduating in 1999, he went on to become principal horn player of the Czech Philharmonic. At the same conservatory, he studied conducting under Vladimir Válek, Hynek Farkač, Miriam Němcová, and Miroslav Košler, and graduated in 2001. After entering the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, he studied under Radomil Eliška and Jiří Bělohlávek and earned his master's degree in 2007. In the same year, he won the 4th place in the Prague Spring International Music Competition, winning an honorable mention award and two other special awards for the most accomplished Czech candidate. Since 2013, he has served as assistant conductor and principal horn player of the Czech Philharmonic.

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