Introduction of professors

Faculty (Master Classes)

Violine

Martin BEAVER

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Martin BEAVER
Former member of Tokyo String Quartet 1st Violin

It is with great pleasure that I will attend the renowned Kirishima Music Festival for the first time this summer. Over the two weeks of masterclasses, participants will receive at least 4 lessons, which all are keenly encouraged to observe, and participants will perform in a class concert at the end of the course. In the lessons, my focus will be on achieving an efficient technique with a natural physical approach to the instrument, developing tonal range, color and musical expression and bringing the composer's scores to life in a meaningful and dynamic way. I hope to inspire a friendly, open and supportive atmosphere in my class and I look forward immensely to our work together in the idyllic setting of Kirishima!

Frank-Michael ERBEN

Frank-Michael ERBEN
Gewandhaus Orchester 1st Concertmaster
1st Violin Gewandhaus Quartett

It is a great pleasure and honor to take part in the renowned Kirishima International Music Festival for the first time. With more than 30 years as first concertmaster of the Gewandhausorchester and 26 years as first violinist of the Gewandhaus Quartett, I would like to pass on to students the best of my experience as an orchestra and chamber music player. In addition to focusing in the lessons on training as soloists, I think it is especially important to convey to my students what they should do now to attain positions in the world’s leading orchestras.

Hamao FUJIWARA

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Hamao FUJIWARA
Former Solo concertmaster of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra
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.

Viola

Kazuhide ISOMURA

Kazuhide ISOMURA
Former member of Tokyo String Quartet Viola
Professor at the Toho Gakuen School of Music

About 5 years ago, I decided to live in Japan for good. I am greatly looking forward to taking part in the internationally renowned Kirishima International Music Festival for the first time. During the two weeks, far from the urban clutter, we will face the viola and music intensively. I would be happy if this masterclass becomes a springboard for your future development.

Cello

Tsuyoshi TSUTSUMI

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Tsuyoshi TSUTSUMI
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 take Prof. Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Prof. Kangho Lee’s lessons. In some cases students will also take lessons from cellists participating in the music festival(Masahiro Tanaka, Tomoya Kikuchi, and Sojin Hwang) after checking the overall festival schedule. There will be also cello class recitals in which all the cello students are encourage to perform.

Piano

Cyprien CATSARIS

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Cyprien CATSARIS
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!

Eliso VIRSALADZE

Eliso VIRSALADZE
Professor at Moscow Conservatory and School of Music of Fiesole
1st prize at the Schumann Competition

Prof. Eliso Virsaladze is an internationally acclaimed pianist who has earned the absolute trust of such celebrated conductors as Mo. Muti and Mo. Temirkanov. Prof. Virsaladze has been a juror in major international competitions such as the Rubinstein and Tchaikovsky competitions. Many of her students, including Berezovsky and Volodin, 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.”

Susumu AOYAGI

Susumu AOYAGI
Professor at Tokyo National University of the Arts

I am honored to take part as an instructor in this historic, world-famous music festival and master class for the first time. I hope very much that we can spend an intensive, concentrated musical time together in this unique environment. I would like to encourage each of you not only to work on your study pieces, but to think with me about ideas on how to pursue a higher level as an artist. I am looking forward to seeing all of you who aspire to be musicians.

Flute

Henrik WIESE

Henrik WIESE
Principal at the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Students from all countries are welcome to join my masterclasses. Please bring a lot of curiosity with you in order to discover the expressivity of the flute by developing musical colours and articulations. You can learn how to compose a classical cadenza for a Mozart concerto. We can work on the ordinary flute repertoire as well as orchestra excerpts. I will also bring some music for flute ensemble which we can play.

Horn

Takeshi HIDAKA

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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.

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.

Shigeo NERIKI

Piano
Shigeo NERIKI

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

Violin Katsuya MATSUBARA

Violin
Katsuya MATSUBARA

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

Cello Masahiro TANAKA

Cello
Masahiro TANAKA

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

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.
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.
Students who attend solo classes may also take the Chamber Music Class, so I hope many of you will participate.