Tatsuya SHIMONO, Conductor
Shion MINAMI, Violin
Timothy RIDOUT, Viola
Yuya OKAMOTO, Violoncello
Tatsuya SHIMONO (Conductor)
Born in Kagoshima in 1969, Tatsuya Shimono cemented his international reputation as a conductor by winning the First Prize and the Hideo Saito Award at Tokyo International Music Competition for conducting in 2000 and the First Prize at the 47th Besançon International Competition in 2001. Since then he has guest conducted major orchestras such as Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Czech Philharmonic, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra(OBC),Sinfonia Varsovia, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra among others.
Shimono served as Resident Conductor and then Principal Guest Conductor of Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra (2006-2017) as well as guest conductor and then Principal Guest Conductor of Kyoto Symphony Orchestra (2014-2020).
He is also holding the title of Music Director of Hiroshima Wind Orchestra since 2011.
In addition to his activity with orchestra he also regularly conducts Opera at New National Theatre Tokyo,Nissay Theatre and Nikikai Opera among others.
Photo by Naoya Yamaguchi
Shion MINAMI (Violin)
The Beethoven Violin Sonata complete Concert in 2020 was highly evaluated. Released her first recording in 2008 from UNIVERSAL MUSIC, since then she has released 3 CDs.She based her activities in Hannover, she has performed in Japan and in many european countries actively.
Winner of the Fukuoka Prefecture culture Awards in 2006, and the 11th Hotel Okura Award in 2010. In 2011 she was awarded the Music Prize by the Idemitsu. She was also awarded Kita-Kyusyu Prefecture Culture Prize of the Year in 2017.
Photo: ©Kei Uesugi
Timothy RIDOUT (Viola)
Photo: ©Kaupo Kikkas
Yuya OKAMOTO (Violoncello)
and Eugène Ysaÿe Prize - ELGIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PRIZE,awarded by the Belgian Science Policy
QUEEN ELISABETH INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION of BELGIUM 2017
Born in Tokyo 1994. Yuya Okamoto received his first cello lessons at the age of six. In 2008 he won the Prize “Diploma of Merit” at the Gasper Cassado International Cello Competition in Hachioji (Tokyo). In 2011 he won first prize, Masuzawa-, Kuroyanagi-, Tokunaga-, Iwatani- (Audience-) prizes at the 80th Japan Music Competition.
He participated in Saito Kinen Chamber Music Study Group and Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-Juku. From 2010 to 2013 he attended the Music High school attached to the Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts and studied under Prof. Nobuko Yamazaki. Since 2013 he studied at Hochschule für Musik und Theater München under Prof. Wen-Sinn Yang and since 2017 he has been studying at Graduiertenschule(Graduate School) under Prof. Julian Steckel, Ana Chumachenco and Hariolf Schlichtig. Also he took part in masterclasses and lessons of Prof. Wolfgang Boettcher, Prof. Miklos Perenyi, Prof. Gustav Rivinius, Prof. Natalia Gutman, Prof. Jens-Peter Maintz, Prof. Antonio Meneses, and Prof. Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi.
As a soloist, he has performed with the following orchestras:
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble of Tokyo, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Wallonie Royal Chamber Orchestra and Bad Reichenhaller Philharmonie ,etc.
In the chamber music field, he has performed with pianists Michie Koyama and Kazune Shimizu, violinists Vadim Repin, and Arabella Miho Steinbacher, etc. It is special mention that Brahms' Piano Quartets with pianist Krystian Zimerman co-starred in Italy and Japan in the fall of 2019, Monaco and Switzerland in June 2021 with great success in each country.
He received the 25th Shin-nittetsu Sumikin Music Prize in 2015, 16th Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Award in 2017, 28th Idemitsu Music Award in 2018 and 20th Hotel Okura Music Award in 2019.
He is Ezoe Memorial Foundation 42nd scholarships and Rohm Music Foundation Scholarships year 2013/2014 and 2014/2015.
Photo by Shigeto Imura