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:
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:
Takako Yamanouchi conducted the Tokyo Sinfonia in concert:
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).
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