Introduction of Music Director and Conductor

© Soshiro Nakakura

Concertmaster Laureate

Yasushi Toyoshima

Yasushi Toyoshima


Studied under Toshiya Eto and Angela at Toho Gakuen Girls' High School and Toho Gakuen. While still a student, he began performing as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster as a violinist and viola player.

In 1986, upon graduating from university, at the age of 22, he became the concertmaster of the New Japan Philharmonic and made his musical debut. Currently, he is Honorary Concert Master Laureate of the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Concert Master Laureate of the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, Concert Master of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, and Special Honorary Friendship Concert Master of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra.

Based on his 30-year relationship of trust with conductor Seiji Ozawa, he has also served as concertmaster for the Saito Kinen Orchestra and the Mito Chamber Orchestra.

In recent years, he has appeared in regular concerts of orchestras as a soloist of modern concertos by Korngold, Akira Miyoshi, and Bartók. In 2016, on the 30th anniversary of his debut, he held a concert with Shinichiro Nakano on the harpsichord and baroque repertoire, which was well received. In addition, in 2017 and 2018, he performed all of Mozart's violin concertos with the Osaka Symphony Orchestra without a conductor. The performance has been made into a CD by live recording. Furthermore, in 2019, new activities based in Kansai, such as the concert of the Arti String Quartet, which celebrated its 20th anniversary, and the complete performance of Beethoven's violin sonatas with the pianoforte, are attracting attention. In November 2019, he held a concert in Kyoto in which he performed all of Bach's violin works in three parts, and received the Aoyama Award of the 29th Aoyama Music Award for the results. In addition, he is also focusing on educational activities, such as teaching Kyoto City University of Arts, Seiji Ozawa Music School, and Arkas SASEBO's junior orchestra.

CD released from Pony Canyon and Octavia Records. Many CDs of chamber music have been released, including overseas labels.

1991 Muramatsu Award, 1st Idemitsu Music Award, 1992 Minister of Education Art Encouragement Prize for New Artists. Received the 2013 Hyogo Prefecture Cultural Award. Professor at Kyoto City University of Arts, Lecturer at Toho Gakuen University and graduate school.


Music Partner

Joe Hisaishi
Joe Hisaishi

Music Advisor

Gerhard Bosse
Gerhard Bosse