Last Update - May 26, '08

February 29th, 2000---I'm one of the many who were afraid of the real Y2K problem which could happen on this special leap day, ya know. It seems like mankind will still remain on the earth for quite while, so not only because of that, but I decided to make this kind of homepage. I may not have enough time to renew it quite often, but I'll try my best. I hope that all of you who know of me and many music fans can enjoy this web site in the near future. Check it out once in a while!

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Profile of Yasuto Kimura

   A native of Japan, 30 year-old conductor Yasuto Kimura began his musical
studies on piano at age five and on violin at age seven.
 Since early childhood, He had an interest in music composition, and his first orchestral work was composed at age fourteen.  In 1996, a year after coming to the United States, this orchestra piece was performed twice under his conducting.

   A composition graduate from the New England Conservatory of Music's extension division and Walnut Hill School, Boston's acclaimed art high school,
Kimura entered Mannes College of Music in 1997 to study with David Loeb.  After two years of composition study, he received scholarship from the college and transferred to the orchestral conducting department.  His conducting teachers include Dr. Samuel Wong, David Hayes, Michael Charry, Benjamin Zander, Masahiro Izaki, and Yuichi Takubo.  In addition he studied piano with On Mitani and Frank Corliss, violin with Yoshiko Nakajima and Linda Kistler, viola with Yuji Goto Koji Yoshida, Yoshiaki Fujiwara and John Ziarko, musicology with Carl Shachter, Robert Cuckson, Leo Edwards, Masakata Kanazawa and Tatsuhiko Ito, and composition with Koichi Asai and Christopher Malloy.

   Kimura has conducted many performances with the Mannes Repartory Orchestra, Koga's Chamber Strings, Liberty High School Orchestra, Walnut Hill Chamber Orchestra and Chorus, the Walnut Hill Composers Orchestra, Centre D'Arts Orford Festival Orchestra, Mie Junior Orchestra, the New Tokyo Chamber Philharmonic and others.  As a workshop and master class participant, he has conducted those at the American Symphony Orchestra League, and at the Franz-Liszt Conservatory Weimar.  Highlights include conducting the Jena Philharmonie directed by Claus Peter-Flor and the The New World Symphony  under Michael Tilson Thomas.

   As a violist, Kimura was the first prizewinner at the 1995 Bethlehem Friend of Music Competition, the associate principal violist of  the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra, and was selected for the 1996 National Music Educators Association All-Eastern Orchestra.  That same year he received the Amy Lynn Sparks Award as the most valuable new music student in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  Also, he is the youngest student ever who received M. T. Milani Graduate Conducting Award from the Mannes College of Music.

   Since 1999, Kimura has been active in other media.  He has written an article for a Japanese  study abroad magazine 'Chikyu-no-Arukikata,' was featured in TV Asahi's thirty-minute documentary 'Miraimon,' and has been a music commentator of a Japanese monthly entertainment magazine, the 'New York Entertainment Calender.'@
In spring of 2004, He obtained a Masterfs degree in Comparative Culture (Musicology) from Graduate School of International Christian University in Tokyo. His master thesis on Serge Koussevitzky is recognized as the extremely valuable literary document about Koussevitzky in Japanese language.

 In 2006. he became the first Artisctic Director of the New Tokyo Chamber Philharmonic. His present positions include Associate Conductor of the ICU Chamber Music Society Orchestra (since 2004), Music Director of ICU Daiku Project Orchestra (since 2006) and Music Director of Orchestra Musk Osaka (since 2007). As an official artist of the Tokyo International Association of Artists, he will appear to conduct the all three performances of the new production of "Le nozze di Figaro" directed by Yumiko Kato in July 2008.

Resume of Yasuto Kimura(as of Fall, 2003))

Repertory Conducted

A.Vivaldi 'Gloria'
J.S.Bach 'Brandenburg Concerto No.5'
G.F.Handel 'Messiah'
F.J.Haydn Symphony No.94 in G
W.A.Mozart Divertimento in D K.251, Serenade No.6 in D K.239, No.13 in G K.525, Symphony No.35 in D 'Haffner,' No.39 in E-flat, No.40 in g minor, Horn Concerto No.3 in E-flat, 'Le nozze di Figaro' 'Don Giovanni' 'Cosi Fan Tutte' 'Die Zauberflote'
L.v.Beethoven Symphony No.1 in C, No.3 'Eroica' in E-flat, No.4 in B-flat, No.5 in c minor, No.6 'Pastrale' in F, No.7 in A, No.8 in F, No.9 in d minor, 'Coriolan' Overture, 'Fidelio' Overture, 'Leonore' Overture No.1-3, 'Egmont' Overture, Missa Solemnis
C.M.v.Weber 'Oberon' Overture
G.Rossini 'Il Signor Bruschino' Overture, 'Il Barbiere di Siviglia' Overture
F.Schubert Octet, Mass No.5 in A-flat Major, Symphony No.7 'Unfinished', String Quartet No.14 in d minor 'Death and the Maiden'(String Orchestra version arranged by G. Mahler)
E.Berlioz 'Symphony fantastique' 'Hungarian March' from the Damnation of Faust
Felix=Mendelssohn B. Symphony No.3 in a minor, No..4 in A, 'The Hebrides' Overture, 'Midsummer Night Dream' Overture and Suite
R.Schumann Symphony No.1 in B-flat, No.2 in C, No.4 in d minor
R.Wagner 'Siegfried Idyll' 'Tannhauser' Overture 'Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg' Overture
A.Bruckner Symphony No.4 in E-flat
J.Strauss 'Die Fledermaus' Overture, Waltzes and Polkas
J.Brahms Serenade No.2 in A, 'Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn' 'Academic Festival Overture'@Symphony No.1 in c minor, No.2 in D, No.3 in f minor, No.4 in e minor
C.Saint-Saens Symphony No.3, Violin Concerto No.3
E.Waldteufel 'Estudiantina'
G.Bizet 'Arlesienne' Suite No.2
M.Bruch Violin Concerto
P.I.Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings, The Swan Lake(highlites), The Nutcracker Suites, Violin Concerto in D, Symphony No.2 in c minor, No.4 in f minor, No.5 in e minor, No.6 'Pathetique'
A.Dvorak Symphony No.7 in d minor, Symphony No.8 in G, No. 9 in e minor 'From The New World'
G.Mahler Symphony No.2 in c minor, No.4 in G, No.5 in c-sharp minor, No.6 in a minor
R.Strauss 'Tod und Verklarung'
C.Debussy 'Petite Suite' 'La Mer'
J.Sibelius 'Finlandia' 'Valse Triste' 'Andante festivo' 'Lemminkainen's Return' from 'Lemminkainen Legends'
P.Dukas Symphony in C Major
S.Rachmaninov Symphony No.2 in e minor, Piano Concerto No.2 in c minor, 'The Isle of the Dead'
C.Ives 'Unanswered Question'
M.Ravel 'Le Tombeau de Couperin' 'Valses Nobles et Sentimentales'
R.Gliere Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra
B.Bartok 'Romanian Folk Dances'
I.Stravinsky' 'Le Sacre du printemps' 'Histoire du Soldat
J.Ibert 'Escales...' 'Bacchanale'
S.Prokofiev 'Romeo and Juliet' Suite No.2
G.Gershwin 'Rhapsody in Blue'
A.Copland 'Appalachian Spring' 'Pulcinella' Suite
A.Khachaturian 'Maskrade' Suite, 'Gayne'
D.Shostakovich 'Theme and Variations in B-flat' Symphony No.9, No.10, No.11
Leroy Anderson 'Syncopated Clock' 'A Christmas Festival' 'Clarinet Candy'
S.Barber 'Adagio for Strings'
B.Britten 'SimpleSymphony' 'The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
L.Bernstein 'West Side Story -Selection' Overture to 'Candide'
D.Loeb 'Romanza'
T.Koga 'Untitle'

Attended Schools

International Christian University (M.A., Comaparative Culture, 2002-04)
The Mannes College of Music (B.M., Composition and Orchestral Conducting, 1997 to 2001)
Walnut Hill School (Composition, 96-97)
New England Conservatory (Extension Division, Composition, 96-97)


Conducting ; Dr. Samuel Wang, David Hayes, Ruffy Almenian, Michael Charry, Benjamin Zander, Yuichi Takubo
Composition ; David Loeb, Dr. Christopher Malloy, Koichi Asai
Violin ; Linda Kistler, Yoshiko Nakajima, Miki Kawamura
Viola ; John Ziarko, Linda Kistler, Koji Yoshida, Yoshiaki Fujiwara
Piano ; Frank Corliss, Tamiyo Suzuki, On Mitani, Chitose Koike
Musicology ; Dr. Carl Schachter, Dr. Robert Cuckson, Dr. Tatsuhiko Itoh, Dr. Masataka Kanazawa


M.T.Milani Graduate Conducting Award from the Mannes College of Music
First Prize of Bethlehem Friends of Music Chamber Music Competition
Amy Lynn Sparks Award from Liberty High School, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Conducting Experience (rehearsals and performances)

Orford Arts Centre Festival Orchestra
The Mannes Repertory Orchestra
Koga's Chamber Strings
Mie Junior Orchestra
Walnut Hill Chamber Orchestra and Chorus
Walnut Hill Composers Orchestra
Liberty High School Orchestra
ICU String Orchestra
The New Tokyo Chamber Philharmonic
Tokyo International Association of Artists Opera

Conducting Experience (rehearsals)

The New World Symphony
Jenaer Philharmonie
The Mannes Orchestra
The New England Conservatory String Chamber Orchestra
The Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra
Osaka University Symphony Orchestra
Gifu Prefectual Symphony Orchestra
Tokai Gakuen Shymphony Orchestra
Yokkaichi Symphony Orchestra
International Christian University CMS Orchestra
ICU High School Orchestra
ICU Daiku Project Orchestra
Orchestra Musik Osaka
ICU Carol Orchestra
Mozreq Project Orchestra
Tokyo Gakugei University Orchestra
Akane Symphony Orchestra
Tokyo Tomin Symphony Orchestra
Mizuho Philharmonic
Kunitachi Civic Orchestra
Suisei Symphony Orchestra
Ippo Philharmoniker
Ostmeer Philharmoniker
Orchestra Dasvidanija
Orchestra Davai
Orchestra H'AMON
AGORA Orchester und Chor
Kunitachi Chamber Orchestra
Tsuzuki Orchestra
Kanazawa Kumin Orchestra
and more others

Orchestral Experience (Violin and Viola)

Japan Youth Symphony Orchestra
Freiheit Sinfonie Orchester
The Mannes Orchestra
The Mannes Repertory Orchestra (Associate Principal Viola)
Mie Festival Orchestra
Mie Philharmonic Orchestra
The New England Conservatory Youth Symphony
The New England Conservatory String Chamber Orchestra (Associate Principal Viola)Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra (Associate Principal Viola)
Mie Junior Orchestra (Principal Viola 1993-95)
Tokai Gakuen Symphony Orchestra
International Christian University CMS Orchestra
and many others

Attended Summer Festivals

Orford Arts Centre Summer Music Festival (f00)
Weimar Master Classes of Franz Lizst Conservatory (f00)
World Youth Orchestra Festival in Tokyo f96
Kitakai Music Festival (f96)
Toyota Youth Orchestra Camp (f94)

@@Yasuto Kimura

@@Bachelor of Music in Orchestral Conducting, Mannes College of Music
@@Candidate for M.A. in Comparative Culture, International Christian University
@@E-mail kimura@yasuto.com
@@homepage http://www.yasuto.com

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