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Federico AGOSTINI  (Violin, Chamber Music)

renowned as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher, was born in Trieste, Italy. He has performed throughout the world as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and as leader of the legendary Italian ensemble I Musici in important concert venues like the Berlin Philharmonie, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Musikverein, New York’s Avery Fisher Hall, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and many others.

Agostini has also appeared in various international music festivals in Europe, the United States and Japan. He has performed chamber music with many well-known, distinguished artists, including violinists Jaime Laredo and Joseph Silverstein, violists Bruno Giuranna and Mazumi Tanamura, cellists Janos Starker, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Ko Iwasaki, Sadao Harada and Antonio Meneses, as well as with members of the American, Emerson, Fine Arts, Tokyo and Guarneri quartets.

Together with violinist Yosuke Kawasaki (currently concertmaster of National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa), James Creitz (former violist of the Academica Quartet) and Sadao Harada (former cellist and founder of the Tokyo String Quartet), Federico Agostini founded the D’Amici String Quartet. Agostini’s Philips recordings with I Musici comprise Bach’s and many Vivaldi’s violin concertos, including the Four Seasons, also filmed on location in Venice and available on DVD.
Other recordings include Fauré’s Piano Quartets (Claves) and an Hommage à Nathan Milstein, a selection of favorite virtuoso violin pieces (Live Notes, Japan) partnered by pianist Yasuo Watanabe. Mr. Agostini maintains a very busy schedule as a teacher.

Currently a Professor of Violin at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY (USA), he was earlier on the faculties of the Conservatories of Venice and Trieste (Italy), the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen (Germany), and at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, (USA) During the academic year 2016-17, Mr. Agostini was a Guest Professor of the Tokyo Geidai University of Arts and Music.

His teaching activities include master classes at music universities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, as well as at institutions in Japan, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and Australia.

吉川先生 (1)Asako YOSHIKAWA  (Violin, Chamber Music)

A native of Ichikawa, Chiba, Asako commenced her violin studies at an early age and entered the TOHO GAKUEN MUSIC HIGH SCHOOL & UNIVERSITY to study under S.Sumi.

Upon Graduation, further Master course studies were undertaken at the ACCADEMIA SANTA CECILIA in Rome, Italy, where her principal teachers were the famed PINA CARMIRELLI, HENRYK SCHERING, and Maestro BRENGOLA. It was after her Graduation at Santa Cecilia, where Asako was awarded full marks and the winner of the HONER Prize, that her career as a concert soloist commenced under Maestro Peter Maag at La Fenice Opera House in Venice. Since then, Ms. Yoshikawa has appeared throughout the world including major venues in Europe, USA, and of course in her native Japan.

Upon her eventual return to Tokyo, Asako was invited to be Concert Mistress of the TOKYO SOLOISTEN, and performed on numerous occasions for the NHK, and was in great demand as a Chamber Music player, for both classical and contemporary composition ensembles.

Her devoted interest in teaching and the musical education of young artists, has led to many of the students appearing at major international music competitions where important prizes have been won at the Long-Thibaud, Osaka International, and many other prestigious events. A number of her students have appeared in recital at CARNEGIE HALL, in New York, while others hold orchestral positions in Europe, including Berlin and London, and Japan.

Ms. Yoshikawa is currently Artistic Director for the TATESHINA MUSIC FESTIVAL in Japan, in addition to holding the position as Executive committee chairperson for the CECILIA TOKYO INTERNATIONALMUSIC COMPETITION.

Asako is invited in many summer festivals and master class, Piediluco(Italy), Monte Fiascone (Italy), Moulin D’ Ande (France)etc.
Recordings of Asako Yoshikawa can be heard on CDs as a member of the TRIO AMATI, with the Duo Pepicelli, and with FEDERICO AGOSTINI, ex Concert Master I MUSlCl, on DUO SERENADE.
Ms. YOSHIKAWA plays an ANDREA GUARNERIUS violin of 1670.

 

micheMichele INNOCENTI (Piano, Chamber Music)

Michele Innocenti, born in 1965, obtained his diploma of piano – first class honours with the congratulations of the jury at the Academy “Luigi Cherubini » of Florence, in the class of Antonio Bacchelli.
He continued his studies with Aldo Ciccolini at the CNSM of Paris, with Rados Ferenc at the Academy “Franz Liszt” of Budapest . He studied chamber music with Franco Rossi, violoncellist of “Quartetto Italiano”.

Obtaining a range of awards at international piano competitions in Paris, Stresa, Bardolino, Michele Innocenti started at a very young age his career of concert performer, both as a soloist and with chamber music formations in Italy and abroad.

Among many performances he notably appeared in Italy with the sets: “Amici della Musica” of Pavia, “Lipitzer” of Gorizia, “Societ‡ Aquilana dei Concerti”, “Camerata Musicale Barese”, “Societ‡ dei Concerti di Messina”, ThÈatre Ghione of Rome and “L.Barbara” of Pescara and abroad: Radio France and Salle Cortot in Paris, “Kultur Arena” of Bern, Edipan, Tactus Rai and the Austrian Radio.

the Concert Hall of the “Royal College of Music” in London (1995, with Marzio Conti, Flute), the “Imperial Hall” of Boston, the “Remagen Festival” of Coblentz, the Radio Television of Dublin, Kammer Opera of Frankfurt, the Concert Hall of the F.Liszt Academy in Budapest, Suntory Hall and Oji Hall” of Tokyo, He is regularly invited to do master classes of piano in Japan,. Michele was teacher at the Conservatories of Florence, Lucca, Modena and Bari. Additionally, Michele obtained the C.A. (Certificat d’Aptitude) the highest degree of professional teaching in France.

Moreover, he is regularly invited as jury member at many international piano competitions. Michele Innocenti played as a soloist with several formations: “Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina”, “Orchestra Regionale Toscana”, Kammerorchester of Frankfurt, Budapest Chamber Orchestra He performed with internationally well-renowned performers including Jean MouillËre, Alain Marion, Philippe Bernold ,Henri De Marquette , Marzio Conti. He recorded for Tactus ,Edipan,Rai ans Austrian Télévision

 

yukihyakutakevlaYuki Hyakutake (Viola)

Graduate from Tokyo Geijutu Daigaku and finished its Graduate course.
Studied under Fumiki Asazuma, William Primrose, Serju Collo.

Until 1999, chief player of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and active as player of solo and chamber music.
Professor of Aichi Prefectural Univ. of Arts. At present Lecturer at Tokyo Geijutu Daigaku and Tokyo College of Music of Tokyo.

 

 

Susumu MIYAKE (Cello)

Susumu Miyake has been a solo cellist of Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra since 2012.

He is also teaching at Musashino Music College both cello and orchestra.
After graduated famous Toho school of Music with special honor, he went to the United States to pursuit his music and entered Indiana University school music.
He studied two years as a artist diploma course student under famous distinguished cellist, Janos Starker ‘s direction.

As a solist, he gave recitals in Europe, United States, Asia. played concerto with Sendai Philharmonic, Gunma symphony, National Taiwan Symphony and Nordic Ensemble.
He played with great musicians such as Joseph Hala, Nobuko Imai, Federico Agostini , Yuzuko Horigome, And appears in many international music festivals.

He is an music director of chamber music series named Music From PaToNa in Sendai.
And recieved 4th Vienna Philharmonic and Suntory Music Award.

 

Satomi FURUHASHI (Camp Assistant, Interpreter it-gp)

After graduating from Musashino Music College in Japan, she completed her study in Conservatorio di Musica di Perugia in Italy with full marks.
She has studied the violin under Setsuko Funatsu, Asako Yoshikawa, Hidehiro Sugawara, Masayo Okuda, Rossi Cristiano and Paolo Franceschini. Also she studied the Chamber music under Zsolt Tibay, Francesco Pepicelli and Costantino Mastroprimiano.

She won the 3rd prize at the “Great Wall of China” International Music Competition and also won the Japan Classic Music Competition.
In addition to music, she also studied Italian in parallel and completed Culture Courses level C1.
She is now responsible for interpreting the violin class of the Piediluco International Music festival in Italy.

 

Hideaki TANAKA (Assistant Pianist)

He won the 1st prize in the 17Th Kanagawa Music Competition in elementary school student middle school department, Won the 3rd prize in the 1st Seiler Piano Competition Junior Division. Won the 2nd prize in the Asian International Music Competition in high school students division and in Toho Gakuen University Piano Competition.

Performed at Toho High School (Music Department) Graduation Concert and Toho Gakuen University Piano Major Graduation Concert. Hosted by Kawai Music Promotion Organization, he performed at the 28th Toho Gakuen Saloon Concert Series as a solo recital.

He began co-starring with Japan’s leading cellist Yoko Hasegawa, also worked as a chamber musician and an accompanist. Won the accompanist award at the Japan Performer Competition. Performed at the 84th chamber music concert at Toho Gakuen. Completed the bachelor degree in music research at Toho Gakuen University.
Currently, he has been working under Shinji Ohno.

 


Mayu MIYAKE (Camp Assistant, Assistant Pianist)

Graduated from Tokyo College of Music. She won the Silver Award at the 31st and 34th Aichi Piano Competition in piano duo division.
She passed the 33rd Classical Music Audition and performed at the freshmen’s concert. She is currently a member of Itabashi-ku Musicians’ Association.

 

 

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