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Yoko Hasegawa is one of Japan’s leading cellists, combining richly colored timbres with outstanding musicianship.
Yoko Hasegawa studied under Yoritoyo Inoue at Toho Gakuen College of Music’s “Music School for Children.” She made her recital debut in 1987, and her concerto debut in 1988 with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ken-ichiro Kobayashi. After attending Toho Gakuen College of Music, she entered the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, where she studied under Prof. Arto Noras. She graduated summa cum laude from the academy in 1992.
Hasegawa has performed frequently with major orchestras from Japan and other countries, including the NHK Symphony and the Prague Symphony. She also performs accompanied and unaccompanied solo recitals throughout Japan. As a chamber musician, she has appeared in numerous concerts in trio and other formats. Hasegawa has earned popularity with a wide range of fans through her various concert projects, including concerts inspired by the poetry of Misuzu Kaneko and concerts based on the Japanese short story “Gauche the Cellist.” She has also appeared as an invited artist at music festivals in Japan, including the Sendai Classical Music Festival and the Ojika International Music Festival in Nagasaki’s Goto Islands. Also active as a producer, she has been organizing and performing in a six-concert series on the theme of Bach.
Hasegawa makes numerous media appearances. She was a frequent guest (and the cello teacher of emcee Katsunori Takahashi) on NHK ETV’s “La La La Classics,” and she regularly appears as a radio personality.
Hasegawa has released many recordings on Victor Entertainment, including Brahms Cello Sonatas, Bach Unaccompanied Cello Sonatas, Bach & Elgar Cello Concertos, Cellissimo, and Chaconne. Her latest album, Tribute to Chopin, was released in 2017.
Yoko Hasegawa is the recipient of numerous awards including the Arion Prize Judges’ Encouragement Award, Muramatsu Prize, Kirishima International Music Festival Award, Rostropovich International Cello Competition Special Prize, Mobile Music Award Encouragement Prize, Shin-Nittetsu (New Japan Steel) Fresh Artist Award, and Hideo Saito Memorial Music Fund Award. She is an associate professor at Toho Gakuen College of Music.