Tomomi Nishimoto

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Tomomi Nishimoto (西本智実) is a Japanese conductor.


Tomomi Nishimoto was born in Osaka, Japan on April 22, 1970. Her experience learning to play the piano from her mother[note 1] at the age of three as well as her mother's musical influence are what fueled her interest to become a conductor in the future.[1] After receiving her Bachelor of Music in Composition from Osaka College of Music in 1994, she was admitted to the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory.[2]

Although she had the experience of conducting opera during her years in Osaka College of Music as a vice conductor,[1] her formal conducting career started in 1998 with the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra.[2] Since then she has conducted many famous Japanese orchestras and has received various awards, such as: the Idemitsu Award (1999), St. Stanislav Medal (1999) and Sakuya Konohana Award (2000).[2]

Her professional career in Russia started in 1999, when she conducted the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic.[3] In 2002, she was appointed as the chief conductor of the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra "Millennium".[1] In addition, she has served as the principal guest conductor of the St. Petersburg Mussorgsky State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre (2004–2006), and was also appointed as the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director for Russian Symphony Orchestra of the Tchaikovsky Foundation (2004–2007).[4] In 2005, she conducted the first public performance of a completion of Tchaikovsky’s unfinished Symphony "Life" that the Tchaikovsky Fund had commissioned.[5]

Recent Activities[edit]

Through her work in 2007, conducting the Bruckner Orchestra Linz at Brucknerhaus in Austria, Nishimoto has also become active in Europe.[4] Subsequently, she has conducted many European orchestras such as Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, Romanian State Philharmonic Orchestra (George Enescu), Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and Latvian National Symphony Orchestra.[4] In addition to her activities with the orchestras, Nishimoto has also collaborated with Prague National Opera and the Hungarian State Opera as an opera conductor.[3]

Nishimoto was the Principal Guest Conductor of the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia from 2010 to 2011.

Other Remarks[edit]


  1. ^ Her mother majored in voice in college and gave piano lessons at her home.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Ishiguro, Kana. "Leading the way", The Japan Times, 22 January 2003. Retrieved 2010-04-16
  2. ^ a b c "NEC Navigates JAPAN'S CLASSICAL MUSIC ARTISTS" Archived 2009-12-25 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2010-04-16
  3. ^ a b "Latvian National Symphony Orchestra Official Website" Archived 2010-12-08 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2010-04-16
  4. ^ a b c "Tomomi Nishimoto Official Website" Retrieved 2012-09-30
  5. ^ "His final symphony, according to the master's plan", The Sydney Morning Herald, 2005-02-10. Retrieved 2010-04-16
  6. ^ "100 Most Respected Japanese (世界が尊敬する日本人100人)" Newsweek Japan, 2006-10-18
  7. ^ "World Economic Forum-Tomomi Nishimoto" Retrieved 2011-04-11
  8. ^ "Best Dresser Awards 2009" Archived 2010-07-12 at the Wayback Machine (Japanese) Retrieved 2010-04-16

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