Mito Chamber Orchestra Members




Noboru KAMIMURAHaving graduated from the Kyoto City University of the Arts in 1975, Kamimura studied cello under Toshio Kuronuma. In 1976, he won the 23rd Bunka Broadcasting Music Award, and placed first in the 46th Music Competition of Japan the following year. He also won the Overseas Dispatch Competition Matsushita Award. In 1979, Kamimura gave debut recitals in Kyoto and Tokyo. He took first prize in the 6th Gaspar Cassado International Cello Competition in Italy, after which he gave performances throughout Europe. In 1983, Kamimura won the 1st Kyoto Prefecture Cultural New Face Award. In 1986, he held a series of recitals in Tokyo and Kyoto performing the complete J.S. Bach Unaccompanied Cello Sonatas. In 1991, he performed with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Vaclav Neumann. In 1993, Kamimura won the incentive award at the 5th Hida Furukawa Town Music Grand Prix, later performing with the Prague Symphony Orchestra. In 1998, he won the ABC International Music Award, and in 2001, he won the accomplishment prize in the 19th Kyoto Prefecture Cultural Awards. Besides his activities as a soloist, Kamimura performs energetically in chamber groups, gaining the trust and respect of prominent artists in Japan and elsewhere. In 1998, he organized a string quartet ensemble to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Kyoto Prefectural Citizens Hall “Alti,” and the group has given regular performances thereafter. He is currently engaged in guiding future generations of musicians as a professor at his alma mater, the Kyoto City University of the Arts, and is also an adjunct instructor at the Toho Gakuen School of Music. At Art Tower Mito (ATM), he is a member of the ATM Ensemble, having served as a member since the founding of the arts complex, and has given many memorable performances.



Sadao HARADAHaving begun his musical studies under his father, who was a cellist in the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Harada later took lessons from Hideo Saito. A graduate of the Toho School of Music, he won first prize in the cello division of the 33rd Music Competition of Japan. He then went to the Juilliard School, where he studied chamber music under Claus Adam, Robert Mann, and Raphael Hillyer. In 1969 he founded the Tokyo String Quartet, which soon gained international prominence, winning the ARD International Music Competition Munich among other awards. Harada left the group in 1999, after which he has continued performing in Japan and throughout the West. In 2004, he formed the D'Amici String Quartet with the violinists Federico Agostini and Yosuke Kawasaki and the violist James Creitz. In addition to his performance activities, Harada is engaged in teaching future generations of musicians at such venues as Art Tower Mito’s MCO Academy. Currently, he is a professor at the Trossingen University of Music, Germany, and serves as acting president of Ueno Gakuen.


Ryosuke HORI

Ryosuke HORIHaving first taken cello lessons from Hideo Saito when he was just eight years old, Hori took first prize in the 36th Music Competition of Japan when he was an orchestral research student at the Toho School of Music. The following year, he joined the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. In 1969, Hori traveled to Europe to study at the Vienna Conservatory, where he took lessons from Nikolas Huebner. After graduation, he moved to Geneva, where he continued his studies under Pierre Fournier. He gave his first recital at the Brahms-Saal of the Wiener Musikverein. In 1972, he was invited to perform at the Brahms Festival at Winterthur, Switzerland. After returning to Japan, Hori joined the NHK Symphony Orchestra, where he served as principal cellist until he left that organization in 1979. He has also been active as a soloist and chamber musician, having participated in various music festivals in Japan (including the Saito Kinen Orchestra) as well as abroad. In 2005, he formed a piano trio together with the violinist Yoko Kubo and the pianist Takashi Hironaka. The group, called the Yoko Kubo Trio, performed all of Beethoven’s Piano Trios in a series of three concerts given at the Hama Rikyu Asahi Hall between 2008 and 2009, the first time such a project has been executed in Japan.



Dai MIYATABorn in Utsunomiya in 1986, Miyata started playing cello at age three, and has won every single competition he has entered since the age of nine. In 2009, he won the Grand Prix at the 9th Rostropovich International Cello Competition in Paris, becoming the first Japanese ever to do so. Miyata received a scholarship to study at the Toho Gakuen School of Music, and graduated at the top of his class in the soloist diploma course as an honorary student of the school’s university section. In 2009, he graduated from the Geneva Conservatory of Music. Ever since playing a concerto under the direction of Seiji Ozawa at the age of 16, he has actively performed as a member of the Saito Kinen Chamber Music Study Group for Young People, the Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku Opera Project, the Saito Kinen Orchestra, and the MCO. Miyata first took cello lessons from Yutaka Miyata and Sumiko Kurata, later studying chamber music with the Tokyo Quartet, Sadao Harada, Koichiro Harada, Tomoko Kato, Nobuko Imai, Richard Young, and Gabor Takacs-Nagy. Currently he is studying cello with Frans Helmerson of the Kronberg Academy, and is actively pursuing a solo concert career in Japan and abroad. His first CD, entitled “First,” was released in December 2011 under the N&F label.

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