YOKO MIYANO, violin
Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts High School and Tokyo University of the Arts Faculty of Music. Received the Ataka Prize while in school and performed with the university orchestra. In 1988, went to Europe as the first violinist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. While living in the Netherlands, also engaged in activities such as chamber orchestra and chamber music. Returned to Japan in 1996. Along with teaching young musicians, continues to perform as a soloist, chamber musician, concertmistress for orchestras and ensembles. Actively participates in volunteer performances at hospitals and in local communities.Concert Violinist, Professor of Toho College of Music.
MARIKO NOGAMI, piano
was born in Chiba, Japan. She has been awarded many prizes in many competitions, including: 1st prize at the 5th Minoru Nojima Yokosuka Piano Competition, 2nd prize at the Artur Schnabel International Competition. After graduating top of her class from the Toho Gakuen Music High School and the Toho Gakuen College Music Department, she moved to study at Berlin University of the Arts and graduated from Konzertexamen course. Since 2021 she works as a collaborative pianist at the Toho Gakuen School of Music.
AKITO MITSUMARU, flute
Born in Kagoshima Prefecture. Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts and completed the master’s program at the same university. Obtained a diploma in performing arts from the Paris Regional Conservatory and the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. After working as a flutist in the Tokyo Wind Symphony Orchestra, he is currently a flutist of the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra.
TOMOFUMI SHIMANE, cello, viola da gamba
Cello & Viola da gamba player.Ph. D. (Music, Cello) of Tokyo University of the Arts. His research focuses on the history of technique from the Baroque to the Romantic period. He is a recipient many Prize of the Graduate. He also studied at the Conservatoire de Paris.Member of “Bach Collegium Japan”.Chief player of ancient music orchestra “La Musica Collana”.Professor at Showa University of Music.
ASUKA, guzheng, composer
Asuka graduated with the highest grades of Tokyo University of the Arts which is the highest university of Japanese traditiomal music.She grows up with the influence of Katsuhiko Yoshizaki, a composer and koto player, who is her father and the authority of the Japanese modern koto industry.So,she is the only young representative capable of playing both traditional koto classical performance techniques and contemporary transcendental technique.
RISAKO SHINODA, soprano
Graduated from Showa Music University. Attended soprano Laura Groppi’s master class. Has appeared in operas such as “Le nozze di Figaro” as Cherubino and Barbarina, “Così fan tutte” as Dorabella, “Die Zauberflöte” as Papagena, “Martha” as Nancy, “Cendrillon” as the Fairy, and “Gianni Schicchi” as Lauretta. Has also participated in numerous concerts. Is a member of the Mahashi Frauenchor and a voice trainer. Completed the 32nd term of the Opera Singer Training Program of the Japan Opera Foundation, and is a semi-member of the Japan Opera Association., Director of Inzai Music Association (IMA)
YUKO IGARASHI, clarinet
Concert Clarinetist, Director of Inzai Music Association (IMA)
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