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Ole Akahoshi

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Cellist Ole Akahoshi enjoys a concert career before audiences in North and South Americas, Asia, and Europe in recitals, chamber music concerts, and as soloist with orchestras, such as the Orchestra of St. Luke's under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin, Symphonisches Orchester Berlin, and the Czechoslovakian Radio Orchestra. He has won numerous competitions including Concertino Praga and Jugend Musiziert. He is also recipient of the fellowship award from Charlotte White's Salon de Virtuosi. Mr. Akahoshi has performed in Avery-Fisher-Hall, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center Washington, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Seoul Arts Center, Beijing National Center for the Performing Arts, Shanghai Concert Hall, Taipei National Concert Hall, Salle Pleyel and Salle Cortot in Paris, Royal Festival and Wigmore Halls in London, Wiener Musikverein, and Berliner Philharmonie. His performances have been featured on CNN, NPR, Sender-Freies-Berlin, RIAS-Berlin, Hessischer Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Korean Broadcasting Station, and WQXR. He has made recordings for the Albany, New World Records, Composers Recording Inc., Calliope, Bridge, Sanga Records, and Naxos labels. Most recent releases include the String Quartet by Behzad Ranjbaran, the Mendelssohn Octet with Gil Shaham, and works by Banshchikov and Tishchenko with violinist Edna Michell.

Ole Akahoshi has collaborated with among others the Tokyo String Quartet, Michelangelo Quartet, Keller Quartet, Syoko Aki, Sarah Chang, Erick Friedman, Nai-Yuan Hu, Ani Kavafian, Cho-Liang Lin, Gil Morgenstern, Gil Shaham, Joel Smirnoff, Chee-Yun, Toby Appel, Ettore Causa, Lawrence Dutton, Nobuko Imai, Heinz Koll, Jesse Levine, Myung Wha Chung, Franz Helmerson, Yo-Yo Ma, Aldo Parisot, Janos Starker, Jian Wang, Edgar Meyer, Donald Palma, Boris Berman, Robert Blocker, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Garrick Ohlsson, Elizabeth Sawyer Parisot, Karl Leister, Frank Morelli, Wolfgang Schultz, David Shifrin, Ransom Wilson, Allan Dean, William Purvis, and Naoko Yoshino.

He has performed and served as faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, New York Summer Music Festival, Appalachian Summer Festival in Boone NC, Festival des Artes Brazil, and the Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea. He has given numerous master classes, most recently at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu, University of Natal Brazil, Korea National University of Arts in Seoul, Hanyang University, University of Ulsan, Kyung Hee University, University of Denver, and University of Missouri-Kansas City. Mr. Akahoshi has been serving as a judge for numerous competitions including the Aram Khachaturian International Cello Competition, the Juilliard Concerto Competition, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Competition, the Concerto Competition at UConn, and the William Waite Concerto Competition.

Mr. Akahoshi's mentors were Pierre Fournier, Georg Donderer and Wolfgang Boettcher in Europe. His other tutors were Aldo Parisot at Juilliard and Yale and Janos Starker at Bloomington Indiana. Mr. Akahoshi has served as teaching assistant for both Aldo Parisot and Janos Starker.

Ole Akahoshi is the principal cellist of the Sejong Soloists. He has been teaching at the Manhattan School of Music since 2004, and at Longy Conservatory in Boston since 2017. Mr. Akahoshi joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music in 1997. He is Assistant Professor of Cello at Yale University.

Mr. Akahoshi performs on a Matteo Goffriller cello, Venice, c1707, ex-Lorne Munroe, which is on loan to him from Mr. Higgin Kim, Chairman of Byucksan Engineering Co. Ltd through The Stradivari Society of Chicago and Sejong Soloists.

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