Conductors Seminar

During the past year, the Tokyo Sinfonia has been offering a Conductors Seminar under the leadership Music Director Robert Rÿker. The programme was offered in conjunction with the Tokyo Sinfonia’s regular schedule of concerts and rehearsals.

The eight-month Tokyo Sinfonia Conductors Seminar was a part of the Tokyo Sinfonia’s stated mission to raise the standard of performance, encourage the next generation, and develop new audiences for music in Tokyo and elsewhere. Special enabling funding to support the programme was received from an anonymous foundation in Tokyo.

Active participants in the Conductors Seminar were selected from those who had completed musical training beyond the university level, and had had significant professional performing experience. They were provided:

  • personal copies of 37 conductors full scores
  • access to 37 Tokyo Sinfonia orchestra rehearsals
  • access to 8 Tokyo Sinfonia concert performances
  • 30 minutes of individual podium time during rehearsals for each programme
  • verbal and/or written feedback following each conducting session
  • over 30 one- or two-hour review sessions for professional feedback and planning
  • observation of personal conducting projects

Two active participants in the programme displayed a particularly high level of professional competence and diligent application in the programme, and were designated as Tokyo Sinfonia Conducting Interns: Takashi Iida, 37, and Takako Yamanouchi, 30.

Takashi Iida on the podium conducting at a special event at Chanel’s NeXus Hall in Ginza.

Takashi Iida conducted the Tokyo Sinfonia in concert:

  • in Oji Hall for the Saint-Saëns Serenade champagne concert, conducting Le Rouet d’Omphale (Saint-Saëns).
  • in Oji Hall for the Richard Strauss Serenade champagne concert, conducting Symphony for Strings in B Minor: Adagio cantabile (Strauss).
  • in Chanel Nexus Hall for the Équilibre Leadership lecture-concert, conducting Les Saisons: Chant d’Automne (Tchaikovsky).


Conductors Seminar in session being led by conductor intern Ms.Takako Yamanouchi.

Takako Yamanouchi conducted the Tokyo Sinfonia in concert:

  • in the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan for the Japanese Serenade dinner-concert, conducting Three Film Scenes (Takemitsu)
  • in Oji Hall for the Richard Strauss Serenade champagne concert, conducting Symphony for Strings in B Minor: Presto (Strauss)
  • in Chanel Nexus Hall for the Équilibre Leadership lecture-concert, conducting Les Saisons: La Chasse (Tchaikovsky).

The results of the Tokyo Sinfonia Conductors Seminar were carefully considered by the Tokyo Sinfonia’s executive board. It was our unanimous decision to add them both to the Tokyo Sinfonia’s artistic staff, effective immediately. Takashi Iida was appointed as Assistant Conductor. Takako Yamanouchi was appointed as Assistant to the Music Director.

Takashi Iida receives his certificate of participation from Robert Rÿker on completion of the Conductor’s Seminar program (pictured left). Also completing her participation, is Takako Yamanouchi (pictured right).

This Tokyo Sinfonia Conductors Seminar has been made possible by the generous support of a Tokyo based organisation that wishes to remain anonymous.
We are most grateful to them for their financial committment to promoting the arts through education in music.

 

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