Introduction of professors

Faculty (Master Classes)



Professor at the Mozarteum in Salzburg

I am happy to be coming for the first time to the prestigious Kirishima International Music Festival.
For many years in Paris and Lausanne conservatory, now in Salzburg Mozarteum and Geidai University, I have been always very motivated to work with young musicians.
I have always felt during my career as a concert violinist a strong responsibility to transmit amazing sense of values that I was fortunate to receive from Jascha Heifetz as a professor and from many wonderful musicians I collaborated with like Karajan, Solti, Boulez, Ozawa, Maazel, Alexis Weissenberg and Pierre Fournier. During 2 weeks of masterclasses I will offer minimum of 4 lessons and organise a student concert for all participants.


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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.

Daniel GAEDE

Daniel GAEDE
Former concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic
Professor at the Nuremberg School of Music

Every of the 15 or 16 students will receive 4 individual lessons of 45 minutes.
The participants can listen to all the lessons of the other students.
There will be a class concert at the end of the course where everyone can play.
In a concentrated and open atmosphere students can focus and analyze together with me, how to improve their technique and musical approach.



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.



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Music Director of the Kirishima International Music Festival
Director of Suntory Hall
Specially 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 4 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.



Winner of the Chopin Competition
Jury member of many prestigious International Piano Competitions.
Professor at University of Montreal.
Professor at Oberlin Conservatory, USA

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.


©Carole Bellaiche

The First Prize in the International Cziffra Competition
Extraordinary Virtuoso pianist

Although I am not officially a professor, I am happy to help young pianists during masterclasses and especially at the Kirishima Festival! It is very important for me to see immediate improvements in the hands of the students and to help them understand as well the mechanics of piano playing as the essence of music. I show them how to resolve IMMEDIATELY a technical problem whether it takes 30 seconds or 30 minutes. Sometimes I consider more a young pianist being my colleague rather than a student: I propose interpretation options without enforcing anything and I also enjoy listening to a different opinion. After all, music allows various interpretations and my aim is to contribute into the development of the full potential of the young pianist according to his or her wish. After all, a youngster is like a flower who needs to flourish, to blossom!


Professor at Moscow Conservatory and School of Music of Fiesole
1st prize at the Schumann 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.”


Shigenori KUDOU

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Shigenori KUDOU
Professor at the Tokyo Collage of Music, l´Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris.
Guest Professor at the Showa University of Music

This is the first time I am participating in the Kirishima International Music Festival. In the flute class, I plan to hold a wide range of lessons including solo and orchestra study and repertory such as chamber music and woodwind quintets.
I would like to carry out an individual curriculum for each student.
The lessons will bring out the individuality of each student, incorporating actual performances with the teacher. In the second half of the course we will welcome Mr. Kazuhiro Iwasa, a member of the Saito Kinen Orchestra and the Mito Chamber Orchestra, with the aim of creating an even richer class experience.
It is my hope that we will all have a meaningful experience as partners in this special place and time, lowering the barrier between teacher and student and talking about music together.



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…

I am looking forward to welcome the devoted singers , who have chosen my masterclass at Kirishima festival to further develop their singing skills.
The genuine singer is someone who accomplishes itself through interpretation , deep focus, attentiveness, serves the composer’s instructions with accurate and determined work and tries to fill the formulated character with life.
This is our ultimate goal as singers and this is what I would like to teach students throughout my course.

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.



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 time when soloists and chamber music performers were distinguished from each other is past, and now pianists who wish to pursue professional career have to be a good chamber player also. It is said that chamber music is an unostentatious existence, but no composer wrote his work to be unostentatious. Experience great chamber music pieces in delightful Kirishima and environment!

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.