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Tsutsumi, Tsuyoshi

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Tokyo, 1942. When Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi won the International Casals Competition in 1963, the press called him a musician "whose discovery is comparable to that of David Oistrakh in the Brussels Competition in the 1930s." Born in Tokyo, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, student of Hideo Saito made his debut at 12 years old with The Tokyo Philharmonic. He won the Japan's most prestigious competition: the Mainichi Music Competition. Audiences have since heard Mr. Tsutsmi's solo appearances with the ORTF in Paris, the Berlin Radio Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, London Symphony, London Philharmonia, the Czech and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and many others. He has appeared with many great conductors and orchestras such as, Seiji Ozawa and the Toho Gakuen Orchestra at the United Nations; at Avery Fisher Hall with the NHK Symphony; Mustislav Rostropovich and the National Symphony. From 1988 he is a Professor of Music at the University of Illinois. He was frequently invited to conduct master classes at places like in Japan, Canada, France and Holland. He has also been invited as a jury member of prestigious international music competitions which include ARD in Munich, Mtislav Rostropovich in Paris, CBC/SRC in Ottawa, Osaka International in Osaka and P. Casals in Kronberg. Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi has various CD releases with Sony. He has been given the Suntory Award for his contribution to music in Japan and was presented National Academy of Arts Prize in music by the Emperor. In 1997 he was elected the first President of Japan Cello Society, and in 2000 elected Music Director of Kirishima International Music Festival and President of Suntory Music Foundation. He was also elected the President of Toho Gakuen School of Music in 2004 and the President of Suntory Hall in September 2007.

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