Concert Info

Prize Winners & Jury Concert

“The 12th INTERNATIONAL OBOE COMPETITION OF JAPAN 2018 in Tokyo” Prize Winners & Jury Concert

Date / Place

Sunday, October 7, 14:00-17:00 *Includes two intermissions (Doors open at 12:00)
Kioi Hall

Major oboe manufacturers’ products on exhibition at lobby.
(Concert ticket required, instrument try-outs available)


JAPAN in Tokyo

Hansjörg SCHELLENBERGER, Conduct and Oboe
Maurice BOURGUE, Oboe
Ken-ichi FURUBE, Oboe
Gordon HUNT, Oboe
Yoshiaki OBATA, Oboe
Dwight PARRY, Oboe
Masaru YOSHIDA, Basoon

◆Special guest
Kanami ARAKI, Oboe
Winner of First Prize [Ohga Award] at The 11th INTERNATIONAL OBOE COMPETITION OF JAPAN in Karuizawa

Yuka NISHINO, Violin
Yukiko YOSHIDA, Viola
Hajime OTOMO, Cello

Masako EGUCHI, Piano
Akiko KUWAGATA, Harpsichord

Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra


Pasculli: Simpatici ricordi della Traviata di G.Verdi
Kanami Araki(Ob.)and Masako Eguchi(Pf.)
Saint-Saëns: Oboe Sonata op.166
Dwight Parry(Ob.)and Masako Eguchi(Pf.)
Couperin: excerpts from “L’Apotheose de Lulli”
Maurice Bourugue(Ob.), Gordon Hunt(Ob.), Masaru Yoshida(Fg.), Akiko Kuwagata(Cem.)and etc.
Telemann: Overture in C major TWV 55:C6(Ⅰ〜Ⅳ)
Hansjörg Schellenberger(Ob. and Cond.), Ken-ichi Furube(Ob.), Yoshiaki Obata(Ob.), Masaru Yoshida(Fg.), AkikoKuwagata(Cem.)and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Hosokawa: “Spell-Song” for oboe solo, Commissioned by Sony Music Foundation for “THE 11th INTERNATIONAL OBOE COMPETITION OF JAPAN in Karuizawa”
The best finalist for the piece
R. Schumann: 5 Stücke im Volkston
Prize-winner and Masako Eguchi(Pf.)
Telemann: Overture in C major TWV 55:C6(Ⅴ〜Ⅷ)
Hansjörg Schellenberger(Cond.), Maurice Bourgue(Ob.), Gordon Hunt(Ob.), Dwight Parry(Ob.), Masaru Yoshida(Fg.), Akiko Kuwagata(Cem.)and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Mozart: Oboe Quartet in F major K. 370
Prize-winner and QUARTET EXCELSIOR(String trio)
R. Strauss: Oboe Concerto in D major
Prize-winner, Hansjörg Schellenberger(Cond.), Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

*Prize winners will be announced on the day of the concert.
*The program and players are subject to change.

Ticket Information

【All seats reserved, tax included and admission not allowed for pre-school children】

Ticket Price S ¥5,000-
A ¥3,000-
S Youth* ¥2,500-
A Youth* ¥1,500-
*Youth tickets: Anyone born after April 2nd, 1993. Only available for purchase at Sony Music Foundation Web box office. Please show your official documentation as proof of age on the day of the concert.
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Sony Music Foundation plans and organizes the GREAT ARTIST SERIES to present world class artists with unique and original programs. The admission is set at very reasonable price in hope that more people could enjoy the concerts.

Presented by
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Supported by
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan/ International Double Reed Society/
Japan Oboe Association/ Chiyoda City /Nikkei Inc. /BS Japan Corporation
With the cooperation of
Sony Corporation
In collaboration with
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra/ Buffet Crampon Japan Limited/ Churauto Kobo Josef Co., Ltd./ Musical Instruments Shop DAC/ Dolce Musical Instruments co.,ltd./ Japan Double-Reed Inc./ NONAKA BOEKI Co., Ltd./ YAMAHA MUSIC JAPAN CO., LTD.



    Conduct and Oboe

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    Hansjörg Schellenberger was born in 1948 and raised by parents who were ardent music lovers, thus, he became keenly interested in music at an early age. He started playing the oboe at the age of 13 and then studied oboe, conducting, and mathematics in Munich and Detmold.

    After winning prizes in major music competitions, including the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, Mr. Schellenberger became oboist of the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne in 1971 and held the post of solo oboist from 1975 through 1980. In 1977, he began working as a substitute at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Herbert von Karajan and then served as solo oboist from January 1980 through summer 2001. After he left the orchestra, he remained active musically, mainly as a conductor, soloist, and educator.

    As a soloist, Mr. Schellenberger has performed with prominent conductors like Herbert von Karajan, Carlo Maria Giulini, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, James Levine, and many others. As a chamber musician, Mr. Schellenberger has developed diverse activities, mostly with Ensemble Wien-Berlin. In 1991, he founded Haydn Ensemble Berlin and served as its music director.

    Mr. Schellenberger started to seriously pursue his career as a conductor in 1994. He has been invited to conduct orchestras in Europe and throughout the world. In autumn 2012 and 2016, he toured Japan leading Camerata Salzburg; both tours were highly acclaimed. Mr. Schellenberger has been chief conductor of the Okayama Philharmonic Orchestra since 2013 and jury chairman of the International Oboe Competition of Japan since 1994. The International Oboe Competition is held every three years and marked its 11th competition in 2015. He is also a professor at the Queen Sofia College of Music in Madrid.

  • Maurice BOURGUE


    Maurice BOURGUE
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    Maurice bourgue is unquestionably one of the finest oboist in the world today .He received first prize in the international Wind competition in Birmingham then consequently won first prize in Munich,Prague and Budapest . And he receive the position of solo oboe of the Basel Orchestra and was later chosen by Charles Munch to become the solo oboist of the Orchestre de Paris.

    His career as a soloist has brought him to major concert halls all over the world. He has played with I Musici, London Symphony, the Concertgebow, the Bayerische Rundfunk, to name a few, with such conductors as, Abbado, Barenboim, Chailly etc.
    In 2011, He created the “Trio Maurice Bourgue” with Sergio Azzolini, bassoon, and Kimiko Imani, Piano.
    Maurice Bourgue also started to explore the world of conducting .He has already conducted many orchestras.

    During all his career Maurice Bourgue has been very active in teaching , Besides his permanent positions in the conservatoire national superieur de musique de Paris and Geneve , he gives Master class around the world where many oboe players are following his masterly courses.

    Maurice Bourgue has recorded for EMI, Decca, DGG, Calliope, Nippon Columbia, ECM, and has received several Grand Prix de L’academie Charles Gros.
    He has recently realized also a recording of chamber music for Warner with the best musicians from Boston symphony Orchestra.
    And In 2018, he has the project to make the record of 3 concerti by Strauss, Martinu and Honneger.

    He has been a member of the jury of THE INTERNATIONAL OBOE COMPETITION OF JAPAN since the 4th Competition in 1994.

  • Ken-ichi FURUBE


    Ken-ichi FURUBE

    © Masanori Doi

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    While studying at Tokyo University of the Arts, Kenichi Furube was recognized by Seiji Ozawa and appointed principal oboist with the New Japan Philharmonic. He further studied under Günther Passin at the graduate school of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. In 1999, Mr. Furube became the first oboist to win the Idemitsu Music Prize.

    As a guest principal player, Mr. Furube has performed with the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra (NDR Symphony Orchestra), the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, he has performed with various orchestras in Japan and abroad, and also with such world-class artists as Emmanuel Pahud, Paul Meyer, Rainer Küchl, Akiko Suwanai, and Daishin Kashimoto.

    Mr. Furube’s collaborations transcend genres, as he has performed concerts with Daisuke Suzuki, Katsumi Watanabe, and Makoto Ozone, to name a few. He has participated in several music festivals, including La Folle Journée au Japon, the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival, the Miyazaki International Music Festival, the Kiso Music Festival, and Le Pont International Music Festival Ako & Himeji.

    Conducting since the age of 15, Mr. Furube has performed as a conductor with the Shizuoka Symphony Orchestra, the Siena Wind Orchestra, and the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra. He currently serves as a part-time lecturer at Tokyo College of Music, Soai University, and the Toho Orchestra Academy, as well as a guest professor at Sapporo Otani University (Faculty of Music and Fine Arts). He was recently invited to give a master class by his alma mater, the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich.

  • Gordon HUNT


    Gordon HUNT

    © Chris Fower

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    Gordon Hunt was born in London and studied with Terence MacDonagh. He performs throughout the world as soloist and conductor, directs master classes and plays with renowned chamber ensembles. He also has a distinguished orchestral career as Principal Oboe of the London Chamber Orchestra and the World Orchestra for Peace, and formerly, Principal Oboe of the Philharmonia and London Philharmonic Orchestras.

    Regarded as one of the world’s leading oboists, he has appeared as soloist with conductors such as Ashkenazy, Sir Andrew Davis, Giulini, Kondrashin, Muti, Sir John Pritchard, Sir Simon Rattle, Sinopoli and Welser-Möst.

    Gordon Hunt has recorded a wide range of music for BMG, EMI, BIS and Virgin, including all of Mozart’s solo music. His recording of the R.Strauss Concerto with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Ashkenazy (Decca) was named the finest available by the Penguin CD Guide.

    As a conductor, he is becoming widely known. He has been Music Director of the Danish Chamber Players and the Swedish Chamber Winds.

    He has conducted many orchestras such as the National Symphony Orchestra of South Africa,Danish Radio Sinfonietta, Southbank Sinfonia in London, to name a few. In recent years, he has conducted in Georgia, New Zealand, Brazil, the UK and the USA, with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York, and the Redlands Symphony in California.

    Gordon Hunt is Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. He has been a member of the jury for “THE INTERNATIONAL OBOE COMPETITION OF JAPAN” since 1997. In 2010 he was designated a UNESCO Artist for Peace.

    Gordon Hunt plays an LXV oboe made by Howarth of London.

  • Yoshiaki OBATA


    Yoshiaki OBATA
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    Yoshiaki Obata graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music), after which he completed the master course at its graduate school. While at school, he won third prize in the wind instrument category at the 42nd Music Competition of Japan. From 1979 to 1982, Obata was a member of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. He then went to Berlin to pursue further studies. After returning to Japan, he became principal oboist with the New Japan Philharmonic. While serving as a professor at Tokyo University of the Arts, Obata has been enjoying extensive performing activities as soloist, chamber musician and player of early instruments.
  • Dwight PARRY


    Dwight PARRY
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    Dwight Parry is the principal oboist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and teaches at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Previously, was principal oboist of the San Diego Symphony and was a New World Symphony Fellow. He has been guest principal with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Los Angeles Opera, and the Deutsche Symphonie of Berlin. Originally from coastal Southern California, he found his musical passion with piano, voice, and saxophone. It was not until late in high school, however, that he began playing the oboe. His teachers were John Mack, Allan Vogel, and David Weiss, a gentleman who also taught him to surf!

    Mr. Parry performs and teaches internationally with concertos, recitals, masterclasses, and chamber music. In recent seasons, he performed Francaix’s Flower Clock, Mozart’s Oboe Concerto, Marcello’s Oboe Concerto, and four performances of his favorite piece, Richard Strauss’ Oboe Concerto.

    When not holding an oboe, Mr. Parry can be found in the audience for local concerts and plays. He spends the rest of his time hiking, running, volunteering, tossing frisbees, reading and creating curiosities in the kitchen.

    Mr. Parry is a Loreé artist.

  • Masaru YOSHIDA


    Masaru YOSHIDA

    © Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra

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    After graduating from the Instrumental Music course at Musashino Academia Musicae, Masaru Yoshida enrolled in the Solo Performance class at the Hanover University of Music, Drama, and Media in 1986 and studied under Klaus Thunemann. In 1987, he joined the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie (a German select student orchestra) as principal bassoonist. He also performed with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

    Mr. Yoshida graduated from the Hanover University of Music, Drama, and Media in 1989. In the same year, he joined the Vlaamse Opera in Belgium as a principal player and also became principal bassoonist of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.

    Mr. Yoshida has been a regular member of the Miyazaki International Chamber Music Festival since 1998 and has performed annually as principal bassoonist with the Saito Kinen Orchestra (Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival) since 2002.

    Currently, Mr. Yoshida is a bassoonist with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, a coach at the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy, a guest professor at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, and an instructor at Musashino Academia Musicae.

  • Kanami ARAKI


    Kanami ARAKI
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    Kanami Araki was born in 1993 in Ibaraki, Japan. She began learning the oboe at the age of nine in the wind orchestra.
    She ever studied the oboe under Maki Sakamoto, Keiko Narita, Hitoshi Wakui, Yoshiaki Obata, and Satoki Aoyama.At present, she is a student of Tokyo University of the Arts. While being in the university, she passed the audition and became the principal oboe of Tokyo Symphony Orchestra since June 2015.In 2015, she won the first prize by unanimous votes and got the audience award at THE 11th INTERNATIONAL OBOE COMPETITION OF JAPAN 2015 in Karuizawa. (The first Japanese Winner of this competition)The History of her Prizes at the Other Contests
    ・The 7th Japan Junior Wind and Percussion Competition/Oboe (1st prize)
    ・The 12th All Japan Junior & High School Wind and Percussion Instrument Solo Contest (2nd prize)
    ・The 8th OSAKA International Music Competition/Winds (3rd prize* & the 21 century artist special prize) *The highest prize practically
    ・The 17th Japan Classical Music Contest/Woodwind (Grand Prix)
    ・The 31st Japan Wind and Percussion Competition/Oboe (2nd prize) *Keisuke Wakao was one of the judge in this competition.
  • Yuka NISHINO (violin), Yukiko YOSHIDA (viola) and Hajime OTOMO (cello)
    From The Quartet Excelsior

    Yuka NISHINO

    Yuka NISHINO (violin)

    Yukiko YOSHIDA

    Yukiko YOSHIDA (viola)

    Hajime OTOMO

    Hajime OTOMO (cello)

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    The Quartet Excelsior is the most active and one of the few Japanese touring quartets performing around the world.

    The Quartet gives more than seventy concerts a year. For their regular concert series in Tokyo, Kyoto and Sapporo, they perform the classic quartet repertoire centering around Beethoven. In addition, they are running currently “Challenge to Future of string quartet” concert series with 20th Century and contemporary music under their “Lab. Excelsior” project, “Traveling of String Quartet” Series with popular repertoire, and furthermore “Around Mozart” Series in “String Quartets on Weekends” (Dai-ichi Seimei Hall, Tokyo). The Quartet is also committed to widening the audience for chamber music through their concerts for children and community-based concert activities.

    Quartet Excelsior was formed in 1994 at the Toho School of Music. Since, they have launched a brilliant career, winning many of the prizes for chamber music in Japan, such as the second prize at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in 1996. The highlight was the second prize (without first) at the renowned Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition in 2000 in Italy, in which they were also awarded the Salvatore Sciarrino Special Prize.

    The position of Quartet Excelsior as one of the leading quartets in Japan was firmly established with the Shin-Nittetsu Fresh Artist Prize in 2009 and the Hotel Okura Music Award in 2014. They were also invited six years until 2016 to join the teaching faculty of the Suntory Hall’s Chamber Music Academy. They performed as a Japanese Group very first the complete 16 string quartets by Beethoven just in two weeks June 2016 on Suntory Hall.
    As for international appearances, they have given concerts in England, Germany, Romania, South Korea, Uzbekistan, and on Hawaii.

  • Masako EGUCHI


    Masako EGUCHI
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    Masako Eguchi graduated from the piano department of the Senzoku Gakuen Academy of Music and its graduate school. While in school, she received a scholarship to further study at the Ferenc Liszt University of Music in Hungary. Eguchi then obtained a teaching position as Korrepetitor at the same school and won prizes as the best accompanist at various wind music competitions in Hungary. She moved to Germany in 2004, where she was offered a post at the State Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart. Because her work as Korrepetitor has earned such high praise from several different people, Eguchi not only teaches at music colleges in Stuttgart, but also in Köln, Mainz, and Basel. She has worked with distinguished professors Ingo Goritzki, Christian Wetzel, Emanuel Abbuehl and Christian Schmitt in their classes.

    As a chamber music player, Eguchi has performed in a number of concerts, including a “Lunchtime Concert2” on BBC Radio (UK), chamber music concerts on SWR Radio (Germany) and Bartók Rádió (Hungary), and the Beethoven Festival Bonn (Germany). She has performed with many well-known musicians.

    Eguchi often performs with Philippe Tondre (the second prize winner at the 9th International Oboe Competition in Karuizawa, Japan), one of her chamber music partners, and their chamber music concert at the Beethoven Festival Bonn won the Beethoven Ring Prize in 2012.

    She is an official accompanist for the ARD Munich International Music Competition and the Markneukirchen International Instrumental Competition. She serves as an official accompanist for many orchestra auditions, as well.

  • Akiko KUWAGATA


    Akiko KUWAGATA

    photo: Kiyotane Hayashi

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    Born in Tokyo, Akiko Kuwagata completed Music High School associated with the Faculty of Music at Tokyo University of the Arts (Composition Course). Halfway through her studies at Tokyo University of the Arts, she attended the Hochschule für Musik Detmold and the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart (Harpsichord Course) on a DAAD scholarship granted by the German government and obtained Dimplom-Konzertexamen. She later moved to Paris and taught at Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Cergy-Pontoise CRR and Conservatoire de Musique de Chaumont, while concertizing throughout various cities in Europe.
    As an overseas trainee of the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan, she furthered her harpsichord and organ study in Italy and Spain. In addition to winning the second prize (no first prize) at the 8th Bruges International Harpsichord Competition Musica Antiqua, she was a runner-up at various competitions such as the FEP Paris International Harpsichord Competition and the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition.
    Kuwagata returned to Japan in 2000 after residing in Europe for 17 years, and her work in Tokyo and elsewhere has been multifaceted, giving countless seminars on early music temperament and style. She studied harpsichord under Kenneth Gilbert, Rinaldo Alessandrini, the late Waldemar Döling, and she studied organ under Odile Bailleux and Jose Luis Gonzalez Uriol. Presently, she is a part-time lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts and a lecturer at the Harmony Hall in Matsumoto. She was a jury member at the Yamanashi Baroque Music Competition in 1997, 2003, and 2007. Solo album FROBERGER, J.J.: Partitas Nos. 1-6 (Meditation – Froberger’s Vision) was released from “Tree” label under Dream Window in December 2007, which is now available worldwide digitally on high-resolution audio.
  • Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

    Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

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    In 2011, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra celebrated its 100th anniversary as Japan’s first symphony orchestra. With about 130 musicians, TPO performs both symphonies and operas regularly. TPO is proud to have appointed Maestro Myung-Whun Chung, who has been conducting TPO since 2001, as Honorary Music Director, Maestro Andrea Battistoni as Chief Conductor and Maestro Mikhail Pletnev as Special Guest Conductor.
    TPO has established its world-class reputation through its subscription concert series, regular opera and ballet assignments at the New National Theatre, and a full, ever in-demand agenda around Japan and the world, including broadcasting with NHK Broadcasting Corporation, various educational programs, and tours abroad. In March, 2014, TPO became a global sensation in its centennial world tour of six major cities: New York, Madrid, Paris, London, Singapore and Bangkok. In December 2015, TPO held Beethoven’s 9th symphony concerts in Seoul and Tokyo with Mastro Myung-Whun Chung, with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra combined into one orchestra. TPO has partnerships with Bunkamura Orchard Hall, the Bunkyo Ward in Tokyo, Chiba City, Karuizawa Cho in Nagano and Nagaoka City in Niigata.Website (English) / Facebook / Twitter
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