PROKOFIEV, Sergey

Symphony no. 5 in B flat major op 100

17-March-2016 Barbican Hall

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[DURATION: 43' 30'']

Guildhall Symphony Orchestra

Guildhall Symphony Orchestra

Yuasa, Takuo

Yuasa, Takuo

Takuo Yuasa was born in Osaka, Japan, where he studied piano, cello, flute, and clarinet. At age 18, he received a scholarship to study in the USA at the University of Cincinnati, eventually completing a Bachelor Degree in Theory and Composition. Later on, he moved to Europe to study conducting at the Hochschule in Vienna with Hans Swarowsky, after which he studied with Igor Markevitch in France and Franco Ferrara in Siena. He then became assistant to Lovro von Mataèiæ, working with him in Monte Carlo, Milan, and Vienna. Since winning a Special Award at the Fitelberg International Conducting Competition in Katowice, Poland, Yuasa has frequently conducted the major orchestras there, including the Warsaw National Philharmonic and the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestras. Back in his home of Japan, Yuasa conducts several major Japanese orchestras including the Japan Philharmonic, Osaka Philharmonic, the New Japan Philharmonic orchestra,Tokyo Philhamonic, and been principal conductor of the Gumma Symphony Orchestra. Recent engagements include appearances with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in its own Subscription Series and the complete symphonies by Brahms and Schumann with the Osaka Century Orchestra. Outside of his performance career, he is also Professor at the Performing Arts Centre, Tokyo University of the Arts. In the UK, Yuasa has worked with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (as principal guest conductor), and the Ulster Orchestra (as principal guest conductor) Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Halle Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic amongst others. He has also conducted orchestras throughout Europe and Far East such as; Oslo Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony, Lahti Symphony, Iceland Symphony, National Symphony of Ireland, Royal Flanders Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Recently Yuasa has appeared with Orchestre National de France, Brussels Philharmonic.

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