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Born in 1950, Naoto Otomo graduated from the Toho Gakuen School of Music
having studied conducting under Seiji Ozawa, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Tadaaki Odaka and Morihiro Okabe.
His studies took him to Tanglewood where he worked with conductors such as André Previn,
Leonard Bernstein and Igor Markevitch. While still a student at Toho Gakuen,
Naoto Otomo was named Assistant Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra,
and upon the recommendation of its members, made his debut with the orchestra at the age of 22.
During his career, Naoto Otomo has regularly made appearances with major orchestras
both in Japan and overseas. He is currently Music Director of the Gunma Symphony Orchestra,
Honorary Guest Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra,
Conductor Laureate of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra,
and Music Advisor to the Ryukyu Symphony Orchestra. In 2004,
He was appointed as the first Music Director of the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan concert hall,
a post he held for 8 years.
Outside Japan, Naoto Otomo has appeared with the Colorado Symphony,
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra;
in July 2001 he led the Philharmonia Orchestra on their tour to Japan,
in March 2012 he conducted the opening concert of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra,
and in June 2012 he appeared as a guest conductor with the Lorraine National Orchestra.
His conducting has won him great acclaim,
and there is much anticipation of future work in both Europe and the United States.
Naoto Otomo is the recipient of the 8th Akio Watanabe Music Foundation Award (2000)
and the 7th Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Award (2008).
Creating new music scenes in which classical and music from other genres collaborate,
Otomo does not shy away from stage productions that stray from established genres
and forms of expression; he is truly an innovative music producer.
Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra
The Japan Philharmonic Orchestra
Japan Philharmonic Orchestra's 54 year-history began in Tokyo in 1956.
Akeo WATANABE played an important role in founding the orchestra and
became its first principal conductor.Soon with the wide repertoire and its unique performing style,
JPO has become one of the leading orchestras in Japan.
JPO has started its brand-new era during its
2008-09 season, collaborating with the chief conductor from Russia, Maestro
Alexander LAZAREV, and the principal guest conductor from Finland,
young prominent maestro Pietari INKINEN.
JPO has held the mission“ We send out the culture through music”, which is
supported by three major pillars: “Orchestra Concerts” “Educational
Programs” and“ Regional Activities”. JPO has been very successful in its
education programs. The orchestra has held family concerts in every summer
since 1975, and has done many performances for school students, outreach
programs and various workshops. JPO also has focused on the activities with
local communities, having concerts and other programs all around in Japan,
and now heading to the other Asian countries, just had some good workshops
with local secondary school students in Hong Kong in March 2011. The
members of JPO has visited Tohoku region voluntarily to perform for the
people in the earthquake/tsunami striken area since the disaster occurred,
and this program“ Music for Tohoku” will be kept on going for a while.
Official site http://www.japanphil.or.jp
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