Yuya Okamoto

Cello

Biography

HE WON SECOND PRIZE
and ELGIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PRIZE,
awarded by the Belgian Science Policy - Eugène Ysaÿe Prize
QUEEN ELISABETH INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION of BELGIUM 2017


Born in Tokyo 1994.
Yuya Okamoto received his first cello lessons at the age of six. In 2008 he won the Prize “Diploma of Merit” at the Gasper Cassado International Cello Competition in Hachioji (Tokyo). In 2011 he won first prize, Masuzawa-, Kuroyanagi-, Tokunaga-, Iwatani- (Audience-) prizes at the 80th Japan Music Competition.

He participated in Saito Kinen Chamber Music Study Group and Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-Juku.
From 2010 to 2013 he attended the Music High school attached to the Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts and studied under Prof. N. Yamazaki. Since 2013 he studied at Hochschule für Musik und Theater München under Prof. Wen-Sinn Yang and since 2017 he has been studying at Graduiertenschule(Graduate School) under Prof. Julian Steckel.
Also he took part in masterclasses and lessons of Prof. W. Boettcher, Prof. M. Perenyi, Prof. G. Rivinius, Prof. N. Gutman, Prof. J-P Maintz, Prof. A. Meneses, Prof. T. Tsutsumi.

As a soloist, he has performed with the following orchestras:
Tokyo Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic,
New Japan Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symhony Orchestra, Tokyo City Philharmonic,
Sendai Philharmonic, Ensemble of Tokyo, Brussels Philharmonic, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Wallonie Royal Chamber Orchestra and Bad Reichenhaller Philharmonie ,etc

In 2015 he received the Shin-nittetsu Sumikin Music Prize.
In 2017 he received 16th Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Award and 28th Idemitsu Music Award .
He is Ezoe Memorial Foundation 42nd scholarships and Rohm Music Foundation Scholarships year 2013/2014 and 2014/2015.

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