Guest introduction

Conductor: Ryusuke Numajiri

Ryusuke Numajiri, conductor


Artistic Director of Biwako Hall, Music Director of Tokyo Mitaka Philharmonia.

In 1990, he won the Besançon International Conductor Competition. He has conducted orchestras in Europe and the United States, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Symphony Berlin, the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra de Radio France, the Toulouse Capitol Orchestra, the Paris Chamber Orchestra, the Milan Giuseppe Verdi Symphony, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Since his debut conducting the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Japan, he has served as chief conductor of the Shinsei Nikkyo Symphony Orchestra, conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, permanent conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Chief conductor and artistic advisor of the Gunma Symphony Orchestra, and Japan. He has served as Principal Guest Conductor the Century Symphony Orchestra.

In 1995, together with the Tokyo Mozart Players (currently Tokyo Mitaka Philharmonia), which he formed, he started activities based at the Mitaka City Arts Center. The recording of the "Complete Beethoven Symphonies" was also highly acclaimed. He made his debut as an opera conductor in 1997 with "The Abduction from the Sacred Palace", and in recent years he has performed as a guest at the Cologne Opera, the Bavarian State Opera, the Berlin Komische Oper, the Basel Opera, the Sydney Opera, and others. He has also led numerous successful productions at the Biwako Hall and the Lübeck Opera House. In the summer of 2011, he made his debut with the Saito Kinen Orchestra and achieved success with Bartók's Mysterious Official in China.

In January 2014, he composed and performed the world premiere of the opera "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter", which is scheduled to be performed again in Japan and overseas.

1991 1st Idemitsu Music Award, 1999 7th Akeo Watanabe Music Foundation Music Award, 2001 51st Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology New Artist Award, 2004 3rd Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Award, 2005 Received the 46th Mainichi Art Award, the 23rd Kenzo Nakajima Music Award, the 2011 Agency for Cultural Affairs Art Festival Excellence Award, the 61st Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award for Art, and the 2017 Medal with Purple Ribbon.