Eliahu Inbal was born in Israel in 1936. He studied under Messiaen, Ferrara and Celibidache. 1st prize winner of the International Guido Cantelli Conducting Competition. Made appearances with world’s leading orchestras. Chief positions were held, among others, at Frankfurt Radio Symphony (present hr-Sinfonieorchester), Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Teatro la Fenice di Venezia and Czech Philharmonic. Recipient of numerous honors including Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government and Goldenes Ehrenzeichen of the city of Vienna. In 2008, he assumed the position of Principal Conductor and, in 2014, will be inaugurated as Conductor Laureate of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Numerous live CDs with the TMSO met with high acclaim.
Kazuhiro Koizumi was born in Kyoto in 1949. He studied at Tokyo University of the Arts and at Berlin Hochschule. After having 1st prize winner of Minon Competition in 1970 and of Karajan International Conducting Competition in 1973. Appeared with Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Münchener Philharmoniker, Chicago, Boston, Cincinnati, Toronto, and Montreal Symphonies among others. Collaborated with Rubinstein and Rostropovich. Served as Music Director of New Japan Philharmonic and Winnipeg Symphony. Also held numerous other positions of Japanese orchestras. Appointed Resident Conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in April 2008. Also serves as Music Director of Japan Century Symphony, Principal Guest Conductor of Sendai Philharmonic and Music Director of Kyushu Symphony.
Principal Guest Conductor
Jakub Hrůša was born in the Czech Republic in 1981. He studied conducting at Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under J.Bělohlavek. After graduation, he has built a strong reputation conducting major Czech orchestras appearing regularly at Prague National Theatre. He has made debuts with many of leading orchestras including Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, NDR Sinfonieorchester, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, L'Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington) and Cleveland Orchestra. He is Music Director and Chief Conductor of Prague Philharmonia. In April 2010, he became Principal Guest Conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.
Born in Moldova, Gary Bertini emigrated to Israel as an infant. Following his debut with the Israel Philharmonic in 1958, he held positions of Principal Guest Conductor of Scottish National Orchestra, Music Director of Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Music Advisor of Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor of Cologne Radio Symphony, General Director of Frankfurt Opera, and Artistic Director of Israel Opera, Tel-Aviv.
Gary Bertini was a welcome guest conductor of many of the world's major orchestras and appeared regularly at many International Music Festivals, among others; Berlin, Vienna, Luzern, at the Cologne Radio Symphony and the Israel Festival.
Following his numerous appearances with the TMSO since 1981, he assumed the position of the fourth Music Director of the TMSO in April 1998. A number of outstanding performances include the highly acclaimed Mahler Series.
Gary Bertini passed away in Tel-Aviv in March 2005.
In April 2005, the TMSO conferred Gary Bertini the title of Laureate Conductor.
Permanent Honorary Conductor
Born in Rouen, France in 1913, Jean Fournet studied conducting and flute at the Conservatoire National de Paris and graduated with première place. He assumed the position of Artistic Director of the Opera Comique until 1957, and was actively involved in his conducting career at Paris Opera and other major orchestras in France. He was in charge of a conducting seminar held by the Netherlands News and Sports Broadcasting and was also President of the jury of the Besancon International Conductor's Competition for many years.
In 1950, he made his debut with the Concertgebouworkest and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, of which Jean Fournet later became Permanent Conductor. He also served as Artistic Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic.
Following his Japan Premiere of "Pelléas et Mélisande" in 1958, he conducted extensively with Japan's major orchestras. He made his first appearance with the TMSO in 1978, became Regular Conductor of the orchestra between 1983-86, and was honored with the title of Honorary Conductor in 1989. He contributed to the numerous outstanding performances and led the orchestra on successful tours in Europe in 1988 and in Beijing in 2002.
Jean Fournet marked his retirement with the TMSO's Subscription Concerts in December 2005, an unforgettable event which was shared by a great number of fans.
Jean Fournet passed away in November 2008.
On 8 November 2008, the TMSO conferred Jean Fournet the title of Permanent Honorary Conductor.