Yosuke Funabashi

Conductor

Biography

Yosuke Funabashi graduated from the Tokyo College of Music, where he studied piano, and completed his post-graduate studies in conducting at the same university. In 2000, he conducted the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra in the 52nd “Prague Spring” International Music Competition and received an honorary mention from the jury.
Particularly in the areas of opera and choral music, Funabashi has demonstrated exceptional insight and sensitivity. He has earned the great trust of the conductors such as Myung-Whun Chung and Vladimir Fedoseyev, and participated in many stage and opera productions. Funabashi made his opera conducting debut in 1999 with a performance of Mozart's Die Zauberflote, which press reviews likened to a top-class German opera production.
During the 2005/2006 season, he conducted Verdi’s Requiem at Musikverein Grosser Saal in Vienna, as well as many concerts in Japan, including a concert at the Aichi World Expo. In the 2008/2009 season, he conducted the Japan premiere of Peter Benoit’s Hoogmis, and for this achievement was awarded an honorary title by the Peter Benoit Foundation. He continues to expand his overseas activities, which have included an appearance as guest conductor with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, and a well received performance of Mozart’s Requiem in Prague. In the 2011/2012 season, in Nagaoka on December 5 he will conduct the first concert in Japan of the complete version of Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man : A Mass for Peace. With other upcoming guest appearances including concerts with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, the continued development of his career is highly anticipated.
Funabashi serves as music advisor for the Nagaoka City Foundation for Art and Culture Promotion. He also produces various projects including educational program which have been the focus of much attention.

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