Kazuyoshi Akiyama

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Kazuyoshi Akiyama

Kazuyoshi Akiyama (秋山 和慶 Akiyama Kazuyoshi?, born January 2, 1941) is a Japanese conductor.

Biography[edit]

Born into a musical family, he studied piano at the Toho Gakuen School of Music,[1] but was fascinated by the conducting activities of a fellow student, Seiji Ozawa. He decided to study conducting with Hideo Saito. In 1974, Akiyama made his debut with the Tokyo Symphony, and within two months, he was named the orchestra’s Music Director and Permanent Conductor.

He has held a number of conducting posts internationally:

With the Tokyo Symphony, he conducted the Japanese premieres of Schoenberg's Moses und Aron, John Adams' El Niño and Lachenman's The Little Match Girl.

Akiyama is the recipient of the 1974 Suntory Music Award. In 2001, Akiyama was awarded the Emperor’s Purple Ribbon Medal from the Japanese Government for his outstanding contribution to the country’s musical culture.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kazuyoshi Akiyama Conductor Laureate". Retrieved 16 August 2009.