Naoto Otomo

Graduated from Toho Gakuen School of Music. Studied under Seiji Ozawa, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Tadaaki Otaka and Morihiro Okabe. While still being a student of the Toho Gakuen, he entered NHK Symphony Orchestra and had his debut with the orchestra at 22. Now Otomo is a Honorary Guest Conductor of Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, conductor laureate of Kyoto Symphony Orchestra and music director of Ryukyu Symphony Orchestra. Also Otomo was the first music director of Tokyo Bunka Kaikan for 8 years (2004-2012). He led several successful Europe tours, such as with Osaka Philharmonic in 1986 and with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra in 2001.

Otomo also appeared as a guest conductor in foreign orchestras such as Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and is a highly expected conductor in the West also. Otomo was on tour with Philharmonia Orchestra on July 2001, and performed on the opening concert of Hawaii Symphony Orchestra in 2012.

 Otomo made his opera debut in November 1988 with Weber’s Freischutz to the enthusiastic acclaim of press and audiences alike. Following this triumph, he continued with a succession of opera productions including Orfeo and Euridice, Rigoletto, The Magic Flute, Chushingura, that were as well highly acclaimed. He conducted Shigeaki Saegusa’s Jr. Butterfly during Festival Puccini in Italy, July 2006.

 Otomo’s repertoire is vast and includes as classical as contemporary music. He did his first recording in his 20s, and continues to release CDs. One of his most recent works is Holst The Planets that was released by King Records and was in the spotlight.

 Otomo is a creator of a new music scene where classical music and music of other genres collaborate. He was a producer of popular music concerts in the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan – a hall where usually only classical music concerts are hold, or produced concerts that was not caught into the frame of existing genres or ways of expression, thus being a new kind of a music producer.

Recently Naoto Otomo has started his teaching activity, organizing `Subscription concerts for children`. Also every year he organizes international music seminar `Music Masters Course Japan` together with his fellow conductor Alan Gilbert.

Naoto Otomo received 8th Akeo Watanabe Music Foundation Award in 2000 and 7th Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Award in 2008.