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Seiji Okamoto
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°1994
Japan
Biography
A graduate of the Tokyo University of the Arts, Seiji Okamoto studied under Kimiko Nakazawa, Gerard Poulet, and Kazuki Sawa. He currently lives in Berlin, where he is studying under Antje Weithaas at the Hochschule fur Musik Hanns Eisler. In 2014, he won first prize and the audience prize at the Bach Competition Leipzig, becoming the first Asian winner of the violin category. In 2016, he won sixth prize and the audience prize at the Sendai competition ; later that year, he took second prize at the Wieniawski Competition in Poznań, which was followed by an extensive tour of Europe, including St Petersburg. He frequently performs as a guest soloist with orchestras, in recital, and in chamber music in Japan, Europe, and the United States and has appeared at various festivals, including the Bachfest in Leipzig and La Folle Journee in Japan.
Teachers
  • 2017 - : Prof. Antje Weithaas
  • 2010 - 2017: Prof. Kazuki Sawa
  • 2006 - 2010: Prof. Gerard Poulet
  • 2000 - 2009: Prof. Kimiko Nakazawa
  • 1997 - 2000: Mr. Kan Tomikawa
Degrees
  • 2017 - : Master Violin, Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" Berlin
  • 2013 - 2017: Bachelor Violin, Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geidai)
Concerts
  • 2018: Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Tokyo Geijutsu Gekijo), Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Cond: Takeshi Ooi
  • 2018: Schloss Agathenberg (Niedersachsen, Germany), Schloss Agathenberg, recital with Natsumi Ohno (Pf)
  • 2018: Teatr Szczawno Zdroj (Poland), Wieniawski Festival in Szczawno Zdroj (Poland) 2018, Opole Symphony Orchestra, Cond: Przemyslaw Neumann
  • 2017: Chateau du Lac (Brussel), Musica Mundi Festival 2017 in Brussel, Maxim Vengerov, Huseyin Sermet
  • 2017: Tokyo International Forum, La folle journee au Japon 2017, (solo recital)
  • 2017: Opole Philharmonie (Poland), 66th season opening concert of Orkiestra Symfoniczna Filharmonii Opolskiej, Opole Symphony Orchestra, Cond: Przemyslaw Neumann
  • 2016: St. Petersburg Philharmonie Grand Hall, St. Petersburg Philharmonie, St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Maxim Vengerov, Petr Sulkovsky
  • 2015: Leipzig, Alte Börse (Germany, 90th Bachfest Leipzig 2015, (solo recital)
  • 2016: Poznan, Wroclaw, Olszyn, Katowice, Lodz, Plock (Poland), Henryk Wieniawski Society, Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, Olszyn Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Symphony Philharmonie Lodz, Plock Orchetra Symphoniker
  • 2013: Matsushima, Lucerne Festival in Matsushima 2013, Yokohama Sinfonietta
Competitions
  • 2016: 2nd prize, 15th International Henryk Wieniawski Competition in Poznan (Poland)
  • 2016: 6th prize, audience award, 6th Sendai International Music Competition
  • 2014: 1st prize, audience award, 19th International Bach Competition in Leipzig
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Recital by laureates violin 2019Soloist
Finale 2019 : Seiji OkamotoSoloist
Semi-final 2019: Seiji Okamoto - recitalSoloist
Semi-final 2019: Seiji Okamoto - concertoSoloist
First round 2019: Seiji OkamotoSoloist
VIOLIN 2019Unranked laureate
Videos
Semi-final 2019: Seiji Okamoto - concerto
Wednesday 8 May 2019 Flagey/Studio 4 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Concerto n. 5 in A major KV 219 Allegro aperto | Adagio | Rondeau Soloist : Seiji Okamoto Conductor : Jean-Jacques Kantorow Orchestra : Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie
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Semi-final 2019: Seiji Okamoto - recital
Saturday 11 May 2019 Flagey/Studio 4 Bram Van Camp : Scherzo - Bagatelle Eugène Ysaÿe : Allegretto poco scherzoso | Finale con brio (Sonata in G minor op. 27/1) Leos Janácek : Sonata for violin and piano Con moto | ballada | Allegretto | Finale Eugène Ysaÿe : Caprice d'après l'étude en forme de valse op. 52 de C. Saint-Saëns Soloist : Seiji Okamoto Pianist accompanist : Boris Kusnezow
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Finale 2019 : Seiji Okamoto
Wednesday 22 May 2019 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Kimmo Hakola : Fidl Op.99 Jean Sibelius : Concerto in D minor op. 47 Allegro moderato | Adagio di molto | Allegro ma non tanto Soloist : Seiji Okamoto Orchestra : Belgian National Orchestra Conductor : Hugh Wolff
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First round 2019: Seiji Okamoto
Semi-final 2019: Seiji Okamoto - concerto
Semi-final 2019: Seiji Okamoto - recital
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