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Ryusuke Numajiri, Conductor

Ryusuke Numajiri was born in Tokyo in 1964 and currently resides in Berlin

Ryusuke Numajiri, Conductor


Ryusuke Numajiri divides his time between Germany, where he has been musical director of Theater Lübeck since 2013, and Japan - where he is head of the Tokyo Mitaka Philharmonia (formerly Tokyo Mozart Players) and artistic director of Biwako Hall in Otsu.

Since winning the 40th Besanşon International Conducting Competition in 1990, he has been invited to lead many of the world's foremost orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulous, Ensemble Orchestre de Paris, Deutsches Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Duesseldorf Symphony Orchestra, Staadtskapelle Darmstad, Staadtskapelle Weimar, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra. In 1999, EMI recorded his performance of Gubaidulina's The Canticle of the Sun with the London Symphony Orchestra and Mstislav Rostropovich as soloist.

Mr Numajiri has a particular interest in introducing contemporary repertoire to audiences. This passion has led him to conduct the Japan premieres of Philip Glass' Peace Symphony, Busoni's Piano Concerto and Doktor Faustus, Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg, Takemitsu's Spectral Canticle, as well as works by Messiaen, Andriessen, Gecki, Ligeti, Lutoslawski, Berio, Dutilleux, Xenakis, Birtwistle, Matthews, Rott and Ichiro Nodaira. His tour with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra in 2004, bringing Takemitsu's Ceremonial and Messiaen's Turangalila Symphonie to European audiences, received great critical acclaim. In March 2006, he conducted the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin in a memorial concert for Takemitsu on the 10th anniversary of the composer's death.

Since making his debut as an opera conductor in October 1997, he has led performances of Le nozze di Figaro, Carmen and Tosca at the New National Theatre Tokyo, Don Carlo at Innsbruck Tyrol Theatre and Jonny spielt auf at Cologne Opera. He made his debut at Komische Oper, Berlin with Don Giovanni and conducted Madama Butterfly at the Sydney Opera House (for Opera Australia) in 2012.

His discography includes the Gubaidulina Concerto for Cello with the London Symphony Orchestra and Mstislav Rostropovich for EMI Classics and works by Toru Takemitsu with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra for Denon (3CDs), Messiaen's Turangalila with Japan Philharmonic, Mahler’s 7th Symphony with Tokyo Philharmonic, Mendelssohn’s 2nd Lobgesang with Century Orchestra Osaka, Beethoven Symphonies with Tokyo Mozart Players for Exton and Japanese Orchestral Favourites with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra for Naxos.

Biwako Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Shiga

Ryusuke Numajiri

Ryusuke Numajiri

Ryusuke Numajiri was born in Tokyo in 1964 and currently resides in Berlin. He studied at the Toho Gakuen School of Music, receiving instruction in conducting from Seiji Ozawa, Kazuyoshi Akiyama and Tadaaki Otaka, in composition from Akira Miyoshi, and in piano from Satoko Tokumaru and Kazuoki Fujii.

During the two and a half years between his studies as a fourth-year music student in Japan and his departure for study in Germany, Numajiri was active as assistant to Seiji Ozawa with the New Japan Philharmonic . He also appeared frequently at this time as a player of keyboard instruments in concerts given by the NHK Symphony Orchestra.

After travelling to Germany, he began to study under Hans-Martin Rabenstein at the Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin, concentrating especially on the operatic repertoire. He is continuing his studies at present.

In September 1990 Numajiri was awarded first prize at the 40th International Conductors' Competition in Besangon, and thereafter made successful appearances with L'Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse in France and the Thuringen Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany. His appearance in November 1991 with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris was particularly successful, and he was subsequently invited to reappear with this orchestra in February, July and December of 1993. Since April 1993 he has been official conductor of the Shinsei Nippon Symphony Orchestra. 1993 also marked his debut in Denmark with the Odensee Symphony Orchestra. He appeared for the first time in the United Kingdom in February 1994 conducting the Northern Sinfonia, and thus continues to build up a solid record of achievement throughout Europe. His future activities as a conductor of opera will be awaited with great interest. Ryusuke Numajiri is one of the brightest lights among the younger generation of conductors.

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