Hirofumi Yoshida

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Hirofumi Yoshida (吉田 裕史, Yoshida Hirofumi) is a Japanese orchestral conductor. He resides in Italy, but grew up in Funabashi, Chiba, Japan.[citation needed]


Yoshida’s parents, his father Toru from Tokyo and his mother Ayako from Hokkaido, send their son to the “Kōnodai High School”. Later, following his passion, Yoshida attends the Tokyo College of Music, where he specializes in piano with professor Yukiko Okafuji, in contrabass with Mitsuru Onozaki, in musicology with Reiko Arima and Tomiko Kojiba and in conduction with Yasuhiko Shiozawa, Jun-Ichi Hirokami and Yujiro Tsuda. Between 1994 and 1995, Yoshida move to Vienna to obtain the Music and Arts Master at Vienna’s University with the masters Hans Graf and Julius Kalmar. In 1996, he obtained the Advanced Music Master at the Chigiana Academy of Music in Siena with the masters Juri Temirkanov e Myung-Whun Chung[1][2]


In 2008, Yoshida conducted Don Carlos in Hong Kong.[3] In January 2009, he was appointed music director at Teatro Sociale di Mantova, Mantua, Italy.[4]

In March 2013, maestro Yoshida conducts Rigoletto[5] at al Teatro Vittorio Emanuele II of Messina on the occasion of 200 years from Giuseppe Verdi’s birth. In July 2013 the Bologna Opera House (Teatro Comunale of Bologna) invited Yoshida on the occasion of its 250th anniversary to conduct two Baroque opera programmes composed by Padre Martini: Il maestro di musica and Il Don Chisciotte.[6][7][8][9] In October 2013 Maestro Yoshida conducted the same production at Kyoto Opera Festival, which is organised with the support of the Japanese government and whose Artistic Director is the same Hirofumi Yoshida. One of the recitals took place in Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto, which is UNESCO World Heritage site. It was the first time in Japan (Yokohama and Kyoto). It was the first time in the 1400 years of history of the temple that an opera performance was held in there. In the same year, Maestro Yoshida is awarded he was awarded the “Enrico Caruso” International Prize, which is conferred to Non-Italians who have made a great contribution to promoting Opera in Italy.

In 2014 Hirofumi Yoshida has been appointed Artistic Director of the Bologna Opera House Philharmonic Orchestra (Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, FTCB). On his debut concert Yoshida conducted Brahms’s Violin Concerto in D major[10][11][12] with Baiba Skride as soloist and Mozart’s Symphony no. 41 Jupiter.[13] At present Hirofumi Yoshida is also associate professor at Toho College of Music.[14][15]

In February 2015 Hirofumi Yoshida conducted eight performances of Madama Butterfly at Bologna Opera House. In May–June 2015 he conducted 6 performances of Don Pasquale at Teatro Verdi in Trieste. In July 2015 he has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of Bologna Opera House. During Kyoto Opera Festival 2015, in September, he conducted four performances of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci in Kyoto, in Tokyo and at World Heritage site Himeji castle in Himeji.

To celebrate the New Year, on 1 January 2016 Hirofumi Yoshida conducted the first New Year’s Concert in the history of Bologna. The event took place at Teatro Auditorium Manzoni with the presence of the Bologna Opera House Philharmonic Orchestra. Between May and June 2016 he conducted six performances of Le Nozze di Figaro at the Bologna Opera House in Bologna. At present Hirofumi Yoshida is associate professor at Toho College of Music, in Japan.







  • Cooperation between Yoshida, the Government of Japan, the Piemonte region and the Novara Council led to the 2011 Japan Festival with the support of the Japan Embassy and the General Consul Shigemi Jomori. With its strong cultural connection to Japan, Madame Butterfly was performed as well as works from the traditional ancient arts of Japan such as Kagura (music of the Gods). The director of the festival was Massimo Petruzzi
  • Carlo Felice Theatre Orchestra, Genova
  • 11 March 2011 Japan Tsunami concert, Requiem K 626 by Mozart, San Gaudezio Basilica with Toru Takemitsu.
  • 29 April 2011, Madame Butterfly, Latvian National Opera, Riga.[16][17]
  • 17 September 2011, Capriccio Italien, 1812 Overture, and Symphony no. 5 in E-Minor by Tchaikovsky, Cairo Symphony Orchestra.[18]








  1. ^ Hirofumi Yoshida Profile
  2. ^ Hirofumi Yoshida's CV
  3. ^ "Hong Kong e-News - 10 July 2008 - Issue 5". Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels. July 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Yoshida selected as first Japanese music director of Italian opera house" Japan Times online. 15 September 2009. Accessed 21 October 2013.
  5. ^ Rigoletto, Messina Opera House
  6. ^ Hirofumi Yoshida, il direttore che porta la lirica nel tempio - Bologna - Repubblica.it
  7. ^ Hirofumi Yoshida's CV
  8. ^ Opera at Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto (Video)
  9. ^ Conductor proud of first opera at Kiyomizu, The Japan Times News
  10. ^ Filarmonica, New artistic director Hirofumi Yoshida
  11. ^ Agenzia L'Opera, artists, Hirofumi Yoshida
  12. ^ auditoriumanzoni.it
  13. ^ [1] Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, auditoriumanzoni.it
  14. ^ Hirofumi Yoshida Profile
  15. ^ Hirofumi Yoshida's CV
  16. ^ Forslan, Goring. "Aged Madame Butterfly Still Delights the Eye: Latvian Production of Puccini Classic." [2] Seen and Heard International Blog. 23 June 2011. Accessed 22 October 2013.
  17. ^ "The LNO dedicates the performance to the memory of the earthquake/Tsunami victims in Japan and calls for donations." [3] Latvian National Opera. 21 April 2011. Accessed 22 October 2013
  18. ^ Metwaly, Ati. "Perils of youth in the season’s opening of the Cairo Symphony Orchestra." [4] Ahramonline. 22 September 2011. Accessed 21 October 2013.
  19. ^ Rigoletto, Messina Opera House
  20. ^ Hirofumi Yoshida, il direttore che porta la lirica nel tempio - Bologna - Repubblica.it
  21. ^ Hirofumi Yoshida's CV
  22. ^ Opera at Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto (Video)
  23. ^ Conductor proud of first opera at Kiyomizu, The Japan Times News
  24. ^ "Winners from our previous opera conducting competitions." [5] Blue Danube Musik Impresario. Accessed 22 October 2013

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