The Yokohama Sinfonietta

The dynamically developing and popular orchestra the Yokohama Sinfonietta was founded and formed around Maestro Yamada by students and graduates of the prestigious Tokyo University of Fine Arts, and it’s original name was TOMATO Philharmonic Orchestra.

The orchestra’s official debut took place in 1999 at the Kawaguchi Lilia Hall, followed by performances in other venues, as well as participation in the Treasure Box Series in the concert hall of Kanagawa Prefecture in 2001. In 2005, the orchestra was transformed into a professional group, called The Yokohama Sinfonietta.
In 2008 the orchestra invited violinist Emiri Miyamoto as soloist to its first official concert. In the same year Maestro Kenichiro Kobayashi was appointed as Music Advisor.

In 2009, maestro Kazuki Yamada won the first prize at the 51st International Competition for Young Conductors in Besançon — thus, the second official concert of the orchestra in the status of a professional collective became the triumph of the maestro after winning in France.

The orchestra and the maestro recorded two CDs with Exton label: an album of violin concertos by J. Brahms and F. Mendelssohn and the Symphonies in C major by G. Bizet and W.A. Mozart; in 2011 the third CD with symphony №8 by F. Schubert was released.

In 2013 The Yokohama Sinfonietta created their its own label TOMATONE; in the same year The Yokohama Sinfonietta became the first Japanese orchestra invited at the famous festival “Folle Journée” de Nantes in France, where it performed seven concerts with a huge success, and performed at Tongyeong International Music Festival Korea in 2015.

For their achievements, the team received the Yokohama City Prize in the field of culture and art. The Yokohama Sinfonietta Orchestra gave several charity concerts at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, which were honored with a visit to Her Majesty the Empress of Japan.
The orchestra recorded several CDs with Tomatone and Exton label music.

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