Naoto Otomo(music director & conductor)
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.
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra