Yasuko Ohtani, who in 2022 celebrates the 47th 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.
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 NHK Symphony Orchestra,Tokyo, 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 September 2022. She carried out a 12-city Japan tour with the outstanding pianist Itamar Golan in May of 2019. Her latest CD, recorded with Itamar Golan, is a collection of famous works conveying the “esprit” of France.
Ohtani’s numerous and highly praised CD releases also 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 include emceeing and performing on the TV music program Ongaku Kosaten aired every Saturday at 8 a.m. on TV Tokyo (satellite TV). She published the book Violinist, Kyo mo Hashiru! (Kadokawa) in 2018.
Ohtani is a recipient of the Agency for Cultural Affairs’ “Art Festival Award.” She is a professor at Tokyo College of Music and a visiting professor 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.
Yasuko Ohtani plays a 1708 Pietro Guarneri violin.
Curriculum Vitae as of May 2022