Tōru Yasunaga

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Tōru Yasunaga
Born (1951-11-14)November 14, 1951
 Japan Fukuoka
Other names 安永 徹
Occupation violinist
Website official site

Tōru Yasunaga (安永 徹, Yasunaga Tōru, born November 14, 1951 in Fukuoka Prefecture) is a Japanese violinist. Yasunaga is an active chamber musician and soloist, and was a member of the Berlin Philharmonic since 1977, serving as concertmaster since 1983, until his retirement in March 2009.[1][2]


Tōru Yasunaga was born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan in 1951. He took violin lesson under Toshiya Eto from his 13 age. In 1974 Yasunaga graduated from Toho Gakuen School of Music, and later studied at the Berlin University of the Arts. He studied under Michel Schwalbé. [3]

While still a student he won the First Prize at the 40th Music Competition of Japan in 1971. In 1977 he joined the Berlin Philharmonic, and in 1983 was appointed by Herbert von Karajan first concertmaster of the orchestra.

In 2009, Yasunaga retired Berlin Philharmonic.[4] At the same year, he received a Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Verdienstkreuz am Bande) by contribution for music and culture. He moved in Hokkaido and still continue musical performnce. He periodically have recitals with his wife , Ayumi Ichino.


  1. ^ "Toru Yasunaga". Nippon Music Foundation. Archived from the original on October 7, 2007. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "Bundesverdienstkreuz für Toru Yasunaga". Berliner Philharmoniker. 3 March 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "La musica classica occidentale in Giappone (in Italian)". Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Bundesverdienstkreuz für Toru Yasunaga