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Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi

Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi’s father, a versatile player of the violin, viola and cello, taught all three instruments in local schools. Tsuyoshi began the violin at the age of six, but changed to cello on hearing a half- size instrument being demonstrated to his father by a dealer. Trained by Japan’s greatest teacher of the time, Hideo Saito (founder of the Toho Conservatory), whose regime included rigorous study of the Bach Cello Suites, Tsutsumi made his debut at the age of twelve with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra playing Saint-Saëns’s Cello Concerto No. 1. After this he was invited to give many concerts with Japan’s leading orchestras and won a number of prizes including the Mainichi Music Competition; at the age of eighteen he made his first international tour with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, performing in India, Russia and Europe. Tsutsumi obtained a Fulbright Scholarship to study with János Starker at Indiana University; Starker encouraged him to express more of his individual personality (a matter which apparently did not come naturally, given his reserved cultural upbringing). This set Tsutsumi upon an international career, being hailed as a ‘discovery’ in the West when he won the International Casals Competition in 1963. Subsequently he has appeared with Japanese orchestras around the globe, including with the New Japan Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall and in London and Paris with the Tokyo Philharmonic. He has given premieres of a number of works including Miyoshi’s Cello Concerto with the Tokyo Yomiuri Orchestra



Prokofiev Symphonies 1 & 2


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