Rei Hotoda

Rei Hotoda, currently serving as the Music Director of the Fresno Philharmonic, is widely considered one of America’s most sought after and dynamic artists. She has appeared as a guest conductor with many of today’s leading ensembles, including the Symphony Orchestras of Baltimore, Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas, Toronto, Utah, Fort Worth, Winnipeg, and Colorado as well as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, among others. She is a tireless advocate for the music of our time and is equally at home leading the orchestra from the piano as well as from the podium.

With repertoire spanning Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 to Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8 and from Toyama’s Rhapsody for Orchestra to Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto, Rei will make several exciting debuts this season when she appears as guest conductor with the Symphony Orchestras of Spokane, Portland, Detroit, Hilton Head, and Hawaii and a welcome return to Dallas.

Community engagement and inspiring the next generation of musicians coupled with a deep commitment to showcasing artistic diversity and collaborating with a wide array of artists defines Rei’s artistic philosophy. Her 2018-19 masterworks concert season in Fresno will focus on the power of music with a deep connection to storytelling and community engagement. Works by John Corigliano, Missy Mazzoli, Zhao Jiping, Aaron Jay Kernis, Benjamin Boone (local Fresno composer), and a world premiere of a new work by Dinuk Witjeratne, co-commissioned by the Fresno Philharmonic, outline the season. These master voices of today are paralleled by those of the classical cannon when she also conducts works by Beethoven, Strauss, and Prokofiev. At the centerpiece of Rei’s season with the Fresno Philharmonic is Britten’s provocative War Requiem, presented in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end to World War I. To amplify the dynamic work on the mainstage, Rei will again host a series of casual-format talkbacks, entitled “Stay Tuned,” and lead newly-designed “Meet the Artists” luncheons at repertoire-relevant locations throughout the city.

A consummate advocate of new music, Rei has conducted premieres of works by such notable composers as John Cage, Dai Fujikura, Gene Coleman, and Salvatore Sciarrino, and has championed and recorded compositions by female composers, including Vivian Fung and Jennifer Higdon. As a recording artist, Ms. Hotoda’s credits are wide-ranging and feature her as both conductor and piano soloist, including her first recording as a solo pianist, Apparitions, that featured works by Vincent Ho, Vivian Fung, and Toru Takemitsu.

Ms. Hotoda is also an accomplished pianist. She is equally at home leading the orchestra from the piano as well as from the podium. She has appeared as soloist conducting from the piano with the Dallas, Edmonton, Utah, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras, and has performed in recital at several leading venues.

Prior to her appointment as Music Director of the Fresno Philharmonic, Ms. Hotoda served as assistant conductor at several of today’s leading orchestras and festivals, including the Utah, Dallas, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras and the Cabrillo Festival. Ms. Hotoda is the proud recipient of several prestigious awards, including the 2006 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, created by Marin Alsop to mentor women conductors.

For more information on Ms. Hotoda and to learn about her upcoming season, please visit her website at