S2 : Jan. 24 - 30
English, French, Japanese
[Recommendation by Olivier Charlier]
(Soloist, Professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieure de Musique de Paris)
“I would like to express my great admiration and affection to Mr. Takashi Hamano, an outstanding violinist and artist with a rich expressiveness and sensitivity.
(...) His works are understood through stylistic exploration and appreciation, and his playing reveals its richness and delicacy with remarkable sophistication.”
Born in 1971. Since 1984, he has won top prizes at the All Japan Student Music Competition seven times. In 1995, he was a finalist in the string quartet section of the 2nd Osaka International Chamber Music Competition (as the YAMATO String Quartet).
From 1995 to 2002, he gave recitals with programs centered on Beethoven' s violin sonatas. In 1995, the world's first recording of Kosaku Yamada's complete chamber music. In 2002, he was invited as a soloist to the "Art of music festival 2002" in Ukraine, and performed with Kiev Soloists (conducted by B.A. Kotorovich and others) in Kiev and two other places. At the 2005 Aichi World Expo, he served as a soloist and concertmaster with the Pan Pacific Ensemble, which includes members of orchestras from all over Asia. And he performed Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 and other works as a soloist with Camerata Sion, and in 2007 he performed Bach's Concerto for Two Violins with Federico Agostini. In 2010, at the 69th regular concert of the Tokyo New City Orchestra, he performed Koichi Kishi's Violin Concerto in the original version based on the autographed score, which was well received. In 2017, he performed Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with the Asia Arts Orchestra in Gwangju, South Korea, and also gave a master class. In 2018, performed Brahms: Double Concerto with Gwangju Symphony Orchestra, South Korea. In 2021, amidst the coronavirus pandemic, with the support of the Agency for Cultural Affairs and Cultural Support Projects, he organized Ensemble Regzanska and performed French Baroque music on YouTube. In 2022, he performed as a solo violinist at the Royal Ballet (London) Gala Concert in Tokyo and
was well received. In 2023, a recital will be held at Hamarikyu Asahi Hall in Tokyo.
He has read a wide range of topics in various fields, especially in the field of ballet.
Graduated from Tokyo College of Music and studied under Hideyuki Nimura, Shigeko Hayashi, Kiyoshi Okayama, and Katsuya Matsubara.
At master classes, he received instruction from Paul Kling, Ivry Gitlis, Franco Gulli, Reiner Küchl, Henryk Kowalski, Kopas Geza, and others.
After performing in Japan for over 20 years, he went to France to study abroad in 2014, studying under Patrice Fontanarosa at the Paris Schola Cantorum, where he received two diplomas (Virtiosité and Concertiste). Currently studying under Olivier Charlier in Paris.
He has previously served as concertmaster of the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra (1997-2004) and the Tokyo New City Orchestra (currently Pacific Philharmonia Tokyo) (2005-2014, guest). He has appeared as a guest concertmaster with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Vivaldi Ensemble, etc.
He also served as first violinist of the YAMATO String Quartet (1994-2004).
Currently, he is Solo concertmaster of Theater Orchestra Tokyo (K-BALLET), Tokyo Prime Symphony Orchestra and violinist of Shobu String Trio.
CDs on the Mittenwald label include “Kosaku Yamada: Complete String Quartets and Chamber Music Works ,“The World of Japanese String Trio"; Volumes 1 to 3 and
“The Music of Yokichi Konno".
Lives in Versailles, France.