Mito Chamber Orchestra Members




Hiroshi IKEMATSUBorn in Brazil in 1964, Ikematsu began studying the double-bass in Japan at the age of 19 under the guidance of Shunsuke Tsutsumi. After graduating from the Toho School of Music, he frequently participated in Canadian music festivals, and studied further in Canada under Gary Karr. In 1989, he joined the NHK Symphony Orchestra, and has served as its principal double-bass player since 1994. Meanwhile, Ikematsu has pursued a broad range of solo and chamber music activities. He is also energetically involved in live music performances that go beyond the boundaries of classical music—sometimes solo, sometimes with an ensemble, and sometimes with five Silent Basses—capturing the hearts of his audiences with his flexible approach. In addition, Ikematsu has also appeared in numerous music festivals both in Japan and elsewhere, including the Kurashiki Music Festival, the Miyazaki International Music Festival, La Folle Journee au Japon, and the Dresden Music Festival. He has also performed with many ensembles, including the Saito Kinen Orchestra, the JT Art Hall Chamber Music Series, and the MCO. Having gained the deep respect and trust of many distinguished performers both in Japan and abroad, there is no end to the number of musicians who want to perform jointly with him. Ikematsu has also kept a busy recording schedule, having released five CDs so far: "Opa, Contrabass!"; "Nova, Contrabass!"; "Five Ave Marias;" "Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata;" and "Japanese Songs." He has also appeared as a soloist on two CDs by the Japanese singer-songwriter Ayaka Hirahara: "Tomorrow" and "Ave Maria!" In 2006, he left the NHK Symphony Orchestra and moved to New Zealand, becoming the principal double-bass player of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in May of that year. Currently, he is a member of the MCO as well as the Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo, the Tokyo Ensemble, and the Saito Kinen Orchestra. Ikematsu is increasingly drawing attention as one of the world's top double-bass players.

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