Yasuko Ohtani, who in 2020 celebrates the 45th anniversary of her debut, is one of Japan’s leading violinists in terms of both popularity and talent. Acclaimed for her “singing violin,” she moves and delights audiences with her vivid stage presence and warm, profound musicality. She plays a 1708 Pietro Guarneri violin.
After graduating from Tokyo University of the Arts, Ohtani went on to complete the doctoral course at that university’s graduate school. She began her career as a soloist while still a student. She has performed recitals to high acclaim in locations such as Vienna, Rome, Cologne and Berlin, and received praise for concerts performed on the invitation of the Toronto Music Festival, the city of Salzburg and others. She also performs with many renowned orchestras from Japan and other countries, including the Slovakia Philharmonic and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. Ohtani received a great deal of attention for her unprecedented achievement of performing, in a single day, two concerts of four violin concertos each. In 2017 she performed a recital at the Musikverein in Vienna, and in the summer of that year she earned high praise for her performance as soloist with the distinguished Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra on its Japan tour. Since 2017 she has been invited each year to appear with the Kiev Philharmonic, and is set to perform with the orchestra for the third consecutive year in Ukraine in November 2019.
Ohtani’s numerous CD releases include the best-selling Traviata Fantasie (Sony), as well as the highly praised Richard Strauss/Beethoven Sonata No. 5 (Piano: Itamar Golan) (Sony), recorded in Berlin. Her wide-ranging activities also include emceeing and performing on the TV music program Ongaku Kosaten. Otani’s first book, Violinist, Kyo mo Hashiru! (Kadokawa), was released in July 2018.
Yasuko Ohtani is a recipient of the Agency for Cultural Affairs’ “Art Festival Award.” She is a professor at Tokyo College of Music and a lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts. She also serves as Chair of the Nerima Cultural Promotion Association, Cultural Ambassador of Kawasaki City, Kochi Prefecture Tourism Special Envoy, and Chair of the Japan Symphony Foundation.
Official website: http://www.yasukoohtani.com/
Curriculum Vitae as of June 2020