Conductor Kosuke TSUNODA


2006  Winner of the Third Students’ Conducting Competition in Dresden.
2008  Second prize in Fourth Students’ Conducting Competition in Berlin.
2010  One of the six candidates at the Third Mahler Competition in Bamberg.

Born in 1980 in Nagoya, Japan, he began playing the piano and composing music at the age of three through the Yamaha Music Education System. In 1993, he participated in the JOC charity concert at the Salle Pleyel in Paris, sponsored by Medecins sans Frontieres. Throughout his junior and high school, he conducted his school orchestra. He took orchestra conducting lessons from Mr. Junichi Hirokami at the Okinawa International Music Festival in 1997. As a composer, his piano concerto was played for the first time and was favorably received in 1998. On graduating Tokai High School in Nagoya in 1999, he was awarded a liberal arts prize for distinguished activities as a conductor. He enrolled on orchestral conducting course at National Tokyo College of Music and studied conducting under. Mr. Jun Nishino, Ms. Yoko Matsuo, Mr. Kotaro Sato, Mr. Kenichiro Kobayashi and Mr. Shun Sato. He also studied the violin, oboe, horn and forte-piano. He was a recipient of scholarships provided by the Nomura Liberal Arts Foundation from 2000 to 2002, and was also granted the Ataka Award from his college in 2002. In 2004, he was chosen and attended the master classes of Mr. Kurt Masur which were held at the Graduate School of Music in Tokyo.

In April 2005, he left for Germany and started attending Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin in September. He studied orchestral Conducting with Prof. Cristian Ehwald and Mr. Michael Helmrat, choral conducting with Mr. Eberhard Friedrich, correpetion with Prof. Alexander Vitlin, piano with Ms. Susanne Grützmann. At the workshop “INTERAKTION 2007” held in February 2007, he conducted the specially assembled orchestra whose main members came from Berliner Philharmoniker and Staatskapelle Berlin. He received acclaim for his sophisticated musicality and high degree of conducting technique. In March 2008, he completed the master’s course at National Tokyo College of Music. In March 2009, he acquired Diplom at hochschule füer Musik in Berlin. He is currently enrolled at Konzertezamen course.

Kosuke Tsunoda has conducted during courses or competitions include the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, MDR Symphony Orchestra, the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra and Hof Symphony Orchestra. He has been invited to a number of professional and amateur orchestras such as, Gumma Symphony Orchestra, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchstra, Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra, Chubu Philharmonic Orchestra, and Aichi Chamber Orchestra. He also performed with many of the world’s leading soloists, Rainer Küchl and Ernst Ottensamer.

He is also active in many productions of operas, ballet and musicals. In 2004 in Tokyo, he conducted “Nine, The musical” directed by David Ruveau and sponsored by TPT. The Special Theatrical Prize from Kinokuniya was awarded to that performance, and it was ranked second in all the musicals performed in Japan in 2004 by the magazine, “Musical”. His operatic experience includes more than twenty masterpieces ranging calssics to modern works. In particular, the first Japanese performances of Schubert’s “Der vierjaehrige Posten” and “Die Freunde von Salamanca”, which he conducted in 2004, were highly acclaimed by the Japanese magazine, “Mostly Classoc”. He organized a “Mozart Orchestra” at National Tokyo College of Music in 2000 and periodically organized concerts of Mozart’s operas, symphonies and concertos in Japan. He has been an assistant conductor at the New National Theater, Tokyo, the Tokyo Chamber Opera Theater and the Nikikai Opera Foundation.

He currently conducts the Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra and also gives classes at the Musashino Academia Musicae and the MusicDepartment of the Kikuzato High School in Nagoya.