Yuki Kakiuchi (2011)

Yuki Kakiuchi (2011)

Grand Prix of the 52nd International Competition for Young Conductors

[Japanese, 30 years the day of the Final]

Sir Andrew Davies, jury chairman

Graduating from the Tokyo National University of Music and Fine Arts in 2001, Yuki Kakiuchi completed his training in Europe, where he studied orchestral conducting. Trained by the very best (Seiji Ozawa, Leopold Hager, Jorma Panula, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Isaac Karabtchevsky and Kotaro Sato) he has conducted, among others, the Brasov Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Salzburg Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, the World Youth Orchestra, and returned to his first love in conducting the Osaka Symphony Orchestra.

In September 2011, the young and promising conductor, then aged 33, won the Grand Prix at the 52nd Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors in front of a capacity audience, receiving accolades from the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Kakiuchi during the competition.

‘It was absolutely magical to compete with the musicians of the Brussels Philharmonic, as well as with the soloists, all very talented. I thank them all for this’, acknowledged Yuki Kakiuchi during the award ceremony. The Jury, chaired by Sir Andrew Davis, Musical Director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, as well as press critics, were unanimous in praising his performance. ‘For the second time in a row, the winner of the competition is Japanese and I think that the 1959 winner, Seiji Ozawa, has played a part in this: he has been teaching year after year in his country, where the level of young conductors continues to rise’, commented Bernard Sertout, President of the Festival.

Yuki Kakiuchi made his debut with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo during the 2011/12 season. He has performed at the St. Petersburg Philharmonia’s prestigious venue with their Symphony Orchestra, and will tour with the Brussels Philharmonic in Belgium and in France.

Photo © Yves Petit