Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi

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Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi
Born(1942-07-28)July 28, 1942
Other names堤 剛
WebsiteJohn Gingrich Management

Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi (堤 剛, Tsutsumi Tsuyoshi) (born July 28, 1942 in Tokyo) is a Japanese cellist. He started to study music under the tutorship of Hideo Saito, founder of the Tokyo Conservatory.[1]

Tsutsumi made his debut as cellist when he was 12 years old with the Tokyo Philharmonic and at 18 he started his first concert tour as soloist throughout India and Europe.[1] He was granted a Fulbright Scholarship to study at Indiana University with János Starker.

His concert performances have taken him around the world with the most important orchestras (ORTF, Berlin Radio Symphony, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, the Rotterdam, London, Chicago, Indianapolis, Toronto and Vancouver philharmonic orchestras, etc.) and has participated in festivals like the Algoma Fall, Banff, Guelph Spring, Ontario Place, Stratford and Ravinia.

He has appeared with the most prestigious maestros: Seiji Ozawa, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the musicians Gervase de Peyer, Ronald Turini, Adele Marcus, James Campbell and others.

Tsutsumi has collaborated with the Western Ontario and Illinois Universities. Since 1988 he has been a professor at Indiana University.

He is beloved throughout the world of cello students because he is the cellist on most of the famous Suzuki CDs which accompany the Suzuki cello practice books. Tsutsumi's style and intonation in these recordings inspire thousands of students every day when they practice along with him.

Among the many distinctions received, he was awarded the 1970 Suntory Music Award for his contribution to the world of music.

In November 2009, Tsutsumi was awarded with a Medal of Honour with purple ribbon by the Government of Japan.[2]

He is married to playwright and scholar Harue Tsutsumi.


  1. ^ a b "Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi", Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
  2. ^ "678 individuals, 24 groups awarded Medals of Honor," Mainichi Shimbun. November 2, 2009 (in Japanese).