Michiyoshi Inoue, Japan
Michiyoshi Inoue was born in Tokyo in 1946 and studied at the renowned Toho Gakuen School of Music under Hideo Saito. In 1971 he received great national and international attention after winning the Guido Cantelli Conducting Competition at La Scala, Milan.
From that moment Inoue developed his international musical career. Additionally he took master classes with Sergiu Celibidache in 1972, showing once more his exceptional musical talent.
Following his Japan debut with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra in 1976, Inoue was appointed Principal Guest Conductor with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, a position he held from 1977 to 1983. From 1983 to 1988 Inoue was Music Director of the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. During that time he started the Concert Opera series at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, where he directed and conducted many successful productions such as "Cosi Fan Tutte".
In 1990 Inoue embarked on a highly successful 8 year tenure as General Music Director and Principal Conductor of Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, where he established a reputation for his innovative programming and dynamic performance. His directing and conducting of Bernstein's "Mass" led to a sensational performance in 1994. In 1997 Inoue led Kyoto Symphony to great success on the orchestra's first European tour.
Michiyoshi Inoue has conducted many of the world's most prestigious orchestras. In 1993 he substituted for Rafael Kubelik as conductor of Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He received great reviews and was immediately re-invited by the orchestra in 1994. He also appeared as conductor with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and has recorded Mahler's 4th, 5th and 6th Symphony with the orchestra.
In Germany he has collaborated with many orchestras, including Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, NDR Symphonie Orchestra (Hamburg), SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra (Stuttgart), SWR Sinfonieorchester (Baden-Baden und Freiburg), Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Munich Philharmonic and Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. Furthermore he has appeared with La Scala Philharmonic, Leningrad Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Orchestre National de Lille, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra, Romania National Radio Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, KBS Symphony and Taipei National Symphony Orchestra. Guest engagements have also led him to South America (Venezuela) and Australia.
As an opera conductor, Inoue conducted Puccini's "Turandot" to high critical acclaim in 1999. A co-production of Tokyo Bunkamura and the Edinburgh International Festival, the production was equally well received by both Scottish and Japanese audience. Inoue conducted the production in Japan for three consecutive years.
Ifurthermore he has conducted "Madam Butterfly" and "Ariadne auf Naxos" at Opera de Marseille, as well as "La Boheme" and "La Forza del Destino" at the New National Theatre Tokyo. Starting in September 2000, he has appeared as guest conductor with New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra for 3 full seasons, including performances of "Pagliacci", "Cavalleria Rusticana", "Die tote Stadt" and "Ariadne auf Naxos".
During 1999/2000 season, Maestro Inoue initiated a ten-concert Mahler series, performing all symphonies with the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra at Sumida Triphony Hall, Tokyo. Receiving highest critical acclaim the concerts were hailed as "the highest level of Mahler performance ever to be heard in Japan". 2007 saw the widely-acclaimed "Russian-Japanese Friendship Shostakovich Complete Series Project" with Russian and Japanese Orchestras performing all symphonies under Michiyoshi Inoue at the Tokyo Metropolitan Hibiya Public Hall.
For his artistic activities and contribution Michiyoshi Inoue has received a number of awards including the "International Crystal Music Award" of the Symphony Hall (1990) and "The 9th Nakajima Kenzou Music Award" (1991). In 1998 he was honored by the government of France as "Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres". He received the "Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation Award" for the opera production of Mascagni's "Iris" (2009), the "Cultural Merit Award 2010" of the City of Kyoto, and the "Sound hospitality award/Kyoto Brighton Hotel Music Festival" awarded by Kigyo Mécénat Kyogikai (Association for Corporate Support of the Arts, Japan), also known as Japan Mécénat Awards (2010).
In January 2007, Michiyoshi Inoue became Music Director of Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa and Artistic Advisor of Ishikawa Ongakudo. Additionally, Maestro Inoue is highly involved in the annual music festival La Folle Journee de Kanazawa.