Luka Hauser (Germany)
Born November 14, 1997
Luka HAUSER studied at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin. He has conducted the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra (Croatia), the Opera Plovdiv, and the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt (Oder), among others. He has studied conducting under Christian Ehwald, Alexander Vitlin, Uroš Lajovic, and Leonid Korchmar. Luka is also a pianist and is currently studying piano under Gottlieb Wallisch at the Universität der Künste Berlin.
Ayaka UEDA (Japan)
Born February 7, 1986
Ayaka UEDA has two master’s degrees, one in orchestral conducting, and another in choral conducting, from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. In 2015, she won the second prize in the Ville d'Avray International Choral Conducting Competition (Paris). She attended Jorma Panula's master class in 2020 and a workshop by Pierre-Michel Durand this year (2021). She has conducted the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and the MÁV Symphony Orchestra (Budapest) among others. She has studied conducting under Arvo Volmer, Jüri Alperten, Tõnu Kaljuste, Kazuki Yamada, and Chikara Imamura.
Yukito YAMAWAKI (Japan)
Born May 8, 1992
Yukito YAMAWAKI graduated from the Department of Conducting, Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts. He apprenticed with Kirill Petrenko, Zubin Mehta, and others at the Bayerische Staatsoper starting 2015 and worked as an assistant to Paavo Järvi and others at the NHK Symphony Orchestra starting 2019. In 2019, Yukito won 1st prize in the London Classical Soloists Conducting Competition and 2nd prize in the 1st “MASTERING the EUROPEAN MASTERS” International Conducting Competition. Currently, he is a part-time lecturer at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music. He has studied conducting under Tadaaki Otaka.
Mamoru SUZUKI (Japan)
Born March 22, 1990
After graduating from the Department of Conducting, Tokyo College of Music, Mamoru SUZUKI continued his studies at Ueno Gakuen University. Starting 2017, he worked as an assistant to Pietari Inkinen at the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. He also worked as the assistant conductor of the Kyoto Junior Orchestra for four years starting 2016. He has conducted the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, the Shizuoka Symphony Orchestra (currently the Mt. Fuji Philharmonic Orchestra), and the Hiroshima Wind Orchestra, among others. Mamoru has studied conducting under Junichi Hirokami, Tatsuya Shimono, Yasuhiko Shiozawa, Toshifumi Tashiro, Masanori Mikawa, Masahiko Okochi, and Yosuke Funabashi.
Satoshi YONEDA (Japan)
Born August 19, 1996
Satoshi YONEDA graduated from the Department of Conducting, Tokyo University of the Arts. In 2017, he attended a master class by Paavo Järvi and a conducting course by Kazuki Yamada in Kumamoto. In 2020, he conducted the Owada Festival Orchestra at the 10th anniversary concert of the Shibuya Cultural Center Owada. Satoshi has studied conducting under Ken Takaseki, Orie Suzuki, and Hiroyuki Odano.
Yukari SAITO (Japan)
Born May 29, 1983
Yukari SAITO attended the graduate school of the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden. She has conducted several orchestras including the Tonkunstler Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. In 2018, she served as an assistant to Kirill Petrenko when he conducted Parsifal by the Bayerische Staatsoper. Yukari was the “Coup de cœur du public” (audience’s favorite) at the 2015 Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors. She has studied under Georg Christoph Sandmann, Yuji Yuasa, Ken Takaseki, Toshiaki Umeda, and Hideomi Kuroiwa.
Samy RACHID (France)
Born January 6, 1993
Samy RACHID studied at the Hochschule für Musik Basel and began conducting under Mathieu Herzog in the fall of 2020. He has had a long career as a cellist, having studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. He won first prize in the 2015 Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition as well as the ARD International Music Competition Munich, 2016, as part of the string quartet (the Arod Quartet in both cases).
Mikhail MERING (Russia)
Born October 2, 1991
Mikhail MERING graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. After working as an assistant conductor with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra, he studied under Vladimir Ponkin starting 2016. He has conducted the Bolshoi Theater Chamber Orchestra among others. He also plays the clarinet, which he studied under Ivan Mozgovenko and Philippe Cuper. As a soloist, he has performed with the Moscow Virtuosi State Chamber Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, among others.
José SOARES (Brazil)
Born March 11, 1998
José SOARES is currently studying composition at the University of São Paulo. In 2017, he won the Conducting Prize at the International Winter Festival of Campos do Jordão and went on to study under Marin Alsop, Arvo Volmer, Giancarlo Guerrero, and Alexander Liebreich. In 2019, he apprenticed with Paavo Järvi at the Pärnu Music Festival. In 2018, he was invited to be a guest assistant conductor with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra. He has been an assistant conductor with the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra since 2020. He has studied conducting under Cláudio Cruz.
Bertie BAIGENT (UK)
Born March 26, 1995
Bertie BAIGENT studied at Jesus College, University of Cambridge, Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2020, he won the Special Prize at the 2020 International Conducting Competition "Guido Cantelli." Bertie has performed as a guest conductor with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino. He has served as the assistant conductor of the Colorado Symphony and the chief conductor of the London Young Sinfonia. Since 2017, he has been the music director of the Waterperry Opera Festival. He has studied conducting under Sian Edwards.
Koji ISHIZAKA (Japan)
Born March 11, 1993
Koji ISHIZAKA graduated from the Department of Conducting, Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts. He then went on to graduate school, studying at the Züricher Hochschule der Künste and the Die Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien. Koji conducted the Osaka Symphony Orchestra at the concert to mark the completion of the Ryusuke Numajiri seminar for opera conductors. He has served as a corépétiteur in opera houses in Lucerne, Weimar, and Florence. He was an assistant to the music director at the Oper Wuppertal, where he conducted Die Zauberflöte. He has studied under Tadaaki Otaka, Ken Takaseki, Tatsuya Shimono, Jorma Panula, Douglas Bostock, Johannes Schlaefli, and others.
Alexander MARINESKU (Russia)
Born February 29, 1988
Alexander MARINESKU entered the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory in 2018 and began studying conducting from Alexander Polishchuk. After that, he apprenticed with Pavel Bubelnikov, Stanislav Dyachenko, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Juri Lebedev, and others. He is currently conducting the St. Petersburg Conservatory Orchestra on a regular basis. He has also studied flute at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and been a flautist with the Mariinsky Orchestra since 2013.