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Yuya Okamoto
°1994
Japan
Biography
Born in Tokyo in 1994, Yuya Okamoto had his first cello lessons at the age of six. In 2009, he was awarded the ‘Diploma of Merit’ at the Gaspar Cassado International Competition in Tokyo. He studied at the Faculty of Music of Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai) under Nobuko Yamazaki and later at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich under Wen-Sinn Yang. He has taken part in masterclasses given by, among others, Wolfgang Boettcher, Natalia Gutman, and Jens Peter Maintz. He won First Prize in the Music Competition of Japan in 2011 and received ‘Honorable Mention’ at the Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition in 2015. He has performed as a soloist with many Japanese ensembles, including the Ensemble of Tokyo, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Instrument : Paolo Antonio Testore (1746)
Teachers
  • 2013-ongoing Wen-Sinn Yang
  • 2006-2013 Nobuko Yamazaki
  • 2001-2004 Hans-Jürgen Seefluth
Degrees
  • 2013-ongoing Bachelor expected in July 2017 - University of Music and Performing Arts (Munich)
  • 2010-2013 graduated - Music High school attached to the Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai)
Concerts
  • 2016 Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall - Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Tadaaki Otaka (dir.)
  • 2015 Kure Culture Promotion Foundation, Kure Culture Hall - Michie Koyama (piano)
  • 2015 Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Arts Foundation, Kioi Hall Tokyo - Akira Eguchi (piano)
  • 2014 Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Arts Foundation, Kioi Hall Tokyo - Rikuya Terashima (piano)
  • 2014 Sumida Triphony Hall - New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Ken Takaseki (piano)
  • 2013 Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Hoya Komorebi Hall - Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Hikaru Ebihara (dir.)
  • 2013 Japan Federation of Musicians, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan - Kazune Shimizu (piano)
  • 2012 Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Parthenon Tama - Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Toshiaki Umeda (dir.)
  • 2011 NHK, The Mainichi Newspapers, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall - Ensemble of Tokyo, Kazuki Yamada (dir.)
  • 2011Japan Cello Society, Suntory Hall
Competitions
  • 2015 X Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition - Honorable Mention
  • 2011 The 80th Music Competition of Japan - 1st Prize, Audience-, Masuzawa-, Kuroyanagi-, and Tokunaga Prize
  • 2009 Gaspar Cassado International Cello Competition - Diploma of Merit
  • 2004 Jugend musiziert - 1st Prize, special Prize of the Bayerischer Rundfunk
Activities
ActivityFunction
Recital by two laureates of the 2017 cello competitionSoloist
Concert by laureates 1, 2 and 3 cello 2017Soloist
Concert by laureates 1, 2 and 3 cello 2017Soloist
Concert by laureates 1, 2 and 3 cello 2017Soloist
Closing concert cello 2017Soloist
Concert by laureates 1, 2 and 3 cello 2017Soloist
Final 2017: Yuya OkamotoSoloist
Final cello 2017Finalist
Semi-final 2017 : Yuya Okamoto - ConcertoSoloist
Semi-final 2017: Yuya Okamoto - recitalSoloist
First round 2017 : Yuya OkamotoSoloist
CELLO 2017Second Prize
Videos
Semi-final 2017: Yuya Okamoto - recital
Monday 15 May 2017 Flagey/Studio 4 Johann Sebastian Bach : Prelude (Suite n. 6 in D major BWV 1012) Johann Sebastian Bach : Allemande (Suite n. 6 in D major BWV 1012) Johann Sebastian Bach : Courante (Suite n. 6 in D major BWV 1012) Annelies Van Parys : Chacun(e) sa chaconne Igor Stravinsky : Suite italienne Introduzione | Serenata | Aria | Tarantella | Minuetto e Finale Henri Dutilleux : Trois Strophes sur le nom de Sacher, pour violoncelle solo Un poco indeciso | Un poco indeciso | Vivace Soloist : Yuya Okamoto Pianist accompanist : Thomas Hoppe
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Semi-final 2017 : Yuya Okamoto - Concerto
Thursday 18 May 2017 Flagey/Studio 4 Joseph Haydn : Concerto n. 2 in D major Hob. VIIb:2 Allegro moderato | Adagio | Allegro Soloist : Yuya Okamoto Orchestra : Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie Conductor : Frank Braley
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Final 2017: Yuya Okamoto
Thursday 1 June 2017 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Toshio Hosokawa : Sublimation Antonín Dvořák : Concerto n. 2 in B minor op. 104 B 191 Allegro | Adagio ma non troppo | Allegro moderato Soloist : Yuya Okamoto Orchestra : Brussels Philharmonic Conductor : Stéphane Denève
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Audio
First round 2017 : Yuya Okamoto
Semi-final 2017: Yuya Okamoto - recital
Semi-final 2017 : Yuya Okamoto - Concerto
Final 2017: Yuya Okamoto
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