Introduction of professors

Faculty (Master Classes)


Daniel GAEDE

©Julien Benhamou

Concertmaster of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France,
Violin Professor at the Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse de Paris

This will be my second time in Kirishima and I am very much looking forward as I loved my first experience there! I will provide at least 4 individual solo or group lessons to every student in order to prepare international competitions, exams, orchestra auditions or concerts. My lessons will be open and I would encourage the participants to listen to each other in order to benefit as much as possible from this encounter.
I would like to help enriching everyone’s performing skills and musicianship with detailed work starting from the basics when required and the result will be seen during the class concert at the end of the academy.


Former Solo concertmaster of the Yomiuri Nippon SO
Professor at the Toho Gakuen School of Music, Graduate School
Guest Professor at the Tokyo College of Music

I am trying to give at least 4 lessons of about 45 minutes to each student. Basically,
I give a lesson individually, but I always recommend my students to audit other students’ lessons as you can learn a lot from audition. The atmosphere of my class is very homey, and we have a class concert at the end of the period where every student shows his result of study. I hope my students will study as many things as possible and find at least one useful hint for their further study of violin.

Nai-Yuan HU

Nai-Yuan HU
1st prize at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium
Former professor at the Hartt School
Jury member of prestigious violin competitions
Music Director of Taiwan Connection Festival and TC Chamber Orchestra

I am very happy to be joining the Kirishima Festival for the first time. I plan to give both private lessons and open classes for all students to attend. Learning from observing fellow students can be as important as lessons with a teacher. My late teacher Josef Gingold inspired his students the passion for music and gave us the sense of connection to his own teacher Ysaye and the great artists of the past, which I hope to pass on as well. I also look forward to share with students important aspects of 18th century baroque performance style (through the use of baroque bow) in interpreting Bach’s Unaccompanied Solos.



Former principal violist of the Theatro Communale of Florence
Former solo violist of the Yomiuri Nippon SO
Former Solo Violist of the NHK SO
Specially appointed principal violist of Tokyo Metropolitan SO
Professor at Tokyo College of Music

The class is intended for a small number of students to ensure that everyone may be able to take intensive lessons. Though they may be some who switch from violin to viola, those instruments are fundamentally different. For such students, I take my time and start with the basics like how to hold the instrument and bow. During the festival, I try to give as many lessons as I can so that you may be able to learn the basics thoroughly within the limited time of two weeks and to bring the result back home with you.



©鍋島 徳恭

Music Director of the Kirishima International Music Festival
Director of Suntory Hall
Appointed professor of the Toho Gakuen School of Music and its Graduate School

In order to make the cello class more fulfilling, and that students study more and get wide-range experience, we entirely changed the operation manner of the cello class from last year. First, it is organized as one large class, and it is possible for students to take lessons from Professors Tanaka, Kikuchi, and others in addition to their core lessons with Prof. Kangho Lee and myself. In this way we hope students will learn about cello technique, musical interpretation, career building and so on from a wider perspective. Essentially, the classes are in the open class format, like master classes in North America and Europe. I believe students will gain a richer experience by observing other students' lessons in addition to taking their own lessons, and that classes in which various languages are spoken; Japanese, Korean, English and perhaps others as well.
It can be safely said that the cello class is now truly suitable to an international music festival. I hope you will work on yourself as much as possible and challenge many things.

Kangho LEE

Kangho LEE
Professor of Cello and Director of Culture and Arts Education Center at Korea National University of the Arts

It is my great privilege and honor to be able to team-teach with superb cello professors at the Kirishima International Music Festival, especially with Prof. Tsutsumi, who has been my role-model and inspiration as a cellist and teacher. At the festival, one large class of cellists in an open class format will actively promote mutual learning. It also will help the participants to embrace the multicultural experience of an international festival and grow as open and mature musicians. I am very much looking forward to working with the wonderful colleagues and talented students at the Kirishima International Music Festival.

◇About Cello Class

During the festival period, each student will take about 5 lessons. All students will mainly take Prof. Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi’s lessons and will also take lessons by Prof. Kangho Lee. In some cases students will also take lessons from cellists participating in the music festival(Masahiro Tanaka, Tomoya Kikuchi, and others) after checking the overall festival schedule. There will be also cello class recitals in which all the cello students are encourage to perform.


DANG Thai Son

©樋崎 香

DANG Thai Son
Winner of 10th International Chopin Competition in Warsaw
Jury member of many prestigious International Piano Competitions
Guest Professor at University of Montreal

A real meeting point for music between students from Japan and other countries. At least 4 lessons of 45 min. are given to each, all lessons are open and chance to play in different types of concert including the class’s concert where everyone will participate.


Professor at Moscow Conservatory and School of Music of Fiesole
1st prize at the Schumann Competition
3rd prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition

Eliso Virsaladze is an internationally acclaimed pianist who has earned the absolute trust of such celebrated conductors as Muti and Temirkanov. Ms. Virsaladze has been a juror in major international competitions such as the Rubinstein and Tchaikovsky competitions. Many of her students, including Melnikov and Berezovsky, have become leading international artists. “Returning to Kirishima is a great joy for me! I hope to help my students delve further and deepen their insights into their well-prepared study works, and bring out their own individual musical expression. I plan to hold about 4 lessons for each student during the period and hold a class concert by selected students at the end of the course.”


©Wataru Nishida

2nd prize at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium
Specially-appointed professor at the Toho Gakuen College Music Department
Visiting professor at Kunitachi College of Music

Why don’t you spend two weeks immersing yourself in music amid Kirishima’s magnificent natural beauty? Let’s discover the possibilities of the piano together. I will give 4-5 lessons and, at the end, hold a class concert in which we present the results of the two-week course to one another. Auditing your fellow students’ lessons is also extremely beneficial. If you think of this as a place to learn things that you can apply as a pianist after the festival has ended, I’ll be happy!



Former Principal flutist of the London Symphony Orchestra
Ex-Principal flutist of the Philharmonia Orchestra and English National Opera
Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester

In my class, I plan to give as many private lessons and group lessons as possible. You will have much work to do, but it will be both challenging and rewarding. It is a very hard world out there, it is changing very rapidly and only the best will survive! In the process of the two week discovery, we will work on sonority, fingerwork, articulation and intervals. We will then apply what we learn to repertoire, both solo and orchestral. It will be intense work but we shall also have a great time putting it all together and hopefully you will understand the flute better by the end of the two weeks! It is my job to make sure of that!



Principal trumpetist of the Tokyo Metropolitan SO
Guest Professor at the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music
Guest professor at Ueno Gakuen University
Lecturer at the Tokyo College of Music

Recently, participants of this class are wide range of people including school teachers and high school students besides free-lance musicians and music college students. Although their positions are different, each student takes 3 – 4 private lessons, and they also work together in a compulsory ensemble and performance to improve their ensemble ability. Apart from the master class, they also take a trial lesson of orchestra study. Through a fulfilling week, students don’t only improve their performing skill but also realize various musical expressions and progress in their own musicality, which are helpful for their life after the music festival. At the final concert, students will perform with festival professors. Many of the participants in the past festivals have become members of orchestras in Japan and abroad.


Takeshi HIDAKA

Takeshi HIDAKA
Associate professor at the Tokyo University of the Arts
Visiting professor at the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music
Instructor at the Kunitachi College of Music
Former Hornist of the NHK Symphony Orchestra

In order for you to increase your power of expression in playing the horn and improve your ability as an ensemble player as much as possible, I will not only take an approach that focuses on basic practice and musical expression, but will also take a physical approach focusing on instrument position and mouth condition, and the relationship between posture and breathing. I think this dual approach is very important. Lessons will basically be individual; but basic practice, for example, may sometimes be done as a group. In orchestra study, we will work in a bold and detailed way on individual playing methods and on finding a balance as a section musician. I aim to cultivate the “wa” (harmony) required in an ensemble while also holding class discussions. Surrounded by the natural beauty of Kirishima, let’s play the horn and share a valuable and joyful musical experience together.


Andrea ROST

Andrea ROST
Soloist at the Vienna Staatsoper , the MET Opera NY, La Scala etc…

Andrea Rost is an internationally famous opera singer from Hungary who has given acclaimed performances in the five greatest opera houses of the world. After extensive preparation which included auditing Prof. Virsaladze’s class in the Kirishima International Music Festival in 2015, Ms. Rost will hold her long-awaited master class in 2017. Mozart’s opera “The Marriage of Figaro” will be the class study piece, which will be performed in the vocal music class concert at the end of the music festival. “I adore Japan. I'm really looking forward to going to Kirishima again!”- said Ms. Rost.

Chamber music

The chamber music class provides lessons in a format of rehearsals for an assumed concert appearance. Each student has a chance to perform at least one lesson piece at the “Chamber Music Class Concert” held in the second half of the term. Individual participants are to work with the professors and guest artists of the festival. The professors instruct who plays which piece with whom and the students participate in 2 or so pieces. Group participants are to study with appointed professors. Applicants are requested to fill in more than 2 works which they would like to study. (Applicant's request may not be satisfied due to inconvenient number of applicants or instrumentation.) An individual applicant will form an ensemble with professors or other students. Study works and ensemble members will be decided by professors, and each student will participate in about 2 works. A group applicant will receive lessons from a specific professor.



Professor at the Toho Gakuen College Music Department
Giving Lesson at the Kunitachi College of Music, Soai University, the Elizabeth School of Music
Until 2015, Professor at the Indiana University

Since last year, I teach chamber music class specially. The age when soloists and chamber music performers were distinguished from each other is way past, and now pianists who pursue professional career have to master chamber music as well as solo works and concerti. It is said that chamber music is an unostentatious existence, but no composer wrote his work to be unostentatious. Meet great chamber music in delightful Kirishima and improve yourself!

Violin Katsuya MATSUBARA


Professor at the Tokyo University of the Arts
Former concertmaster of the New Japan Philharmonic

The Chamber Music Class is an ensemble practice program with numerous rehearsals leading up to the concert at the end of the course, in which students and professors perform together. The students and professors form various groups: string quartets, piano trios, duos, and so on. In addition to transmitting to students the things we have gained through our musical experience, we professors are sure to be stimulated and motivated by the students. It is my great hope that this will be a wonderful two-week period in which we learn from one another and enhance one another’s music.

Cello Masahiro TANAKA

Masahiro TANAKA

Principal cellist of the Tokyo Metropolitan SO
Finalist of the 9th International Tchaikovsky Competition
Former student of the Kirishima International Music Festival

It will be a precious experience for you to work in ensemble with first-class musicians active at the forefront in Japan and to share the moment of creating music, living under the same roof. Such wonderful experience may be offered only at the Kirishima International Music Festival. Students who attend solo classes may also take the Chamber Music Class, so I hope many of you will participate.

Faculty (Optional Lessons)

Chamber Music

Piano/Shigeo NERIKI
Violin / Katsuya MATSUBARA
Cello / Masahiro TANAKA

and others

Orchestra Study


Trumpet / Osamu TAKAHASHI

Horn / Takeshi HIDAKA