Copenhagen Phil is proud to present Toshiyuki Kamioka as our new Chief Conductor. He is starting his six-year tenure this 2016/2017 season.
Toshiyuki Kamioka was born in Tokyo in 1960, where he studied conducting, composition, piano and violin at the National University of Fine Arts and Music. In 1982, he was awarded the coveted ‘Ataka Prize’ and, two years later, received a Rotary International Fellowship to attend the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg, where he studied conducting under Klauspeter Seibel.
By 1987, he had received a position as Lecturer in Chamber Music and Accompaniment at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg and, during the 2000/2001 season, he served as Professor for the Opera Studio at the Hochschule für Musik Frankfurt-am-Main. Since Autumn 2004, he has been Professor of Conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Saar in Saarbrücken, where he works towards the development of the next generation of conductors – a job that keeps him sharp and professional.
Toshiyuki Kamioka gained his first opera conducting experience as solo repetiteur and Kapellmeister at the Städtische Bühnen in Kiel (currently known as Theater Kiel). From 1992 to 1996, he was the lead Kapellmeister at the Aalto Theater in Essen and between 1996 and 2004, he held the post of General Music Director at the Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden. During his eight seasons, from 1998 to 2006, as Chief Conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Herford, he was regularly invited to tour with orchestras in Germany and abroad. Concerts with such ensembles as the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra have gained him an international reputation where both the press and audiences have praised him for his musical and sophisticated interpretations. In addition to his commitments as conductor, Toshiyuki Kamioka performs regularly as a concert pianist.
Toshiyuki Kamioka became the General Music Director of the Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal (SOW) in the 2004/2005 season and became the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director in 2009/2010. Under his baton, the Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal has developed both musically and technically into a top-class orchestra. Toshiyuki Kamioka has also served as the General Music Director of the Saarländisches Staatstheater in Saarbrücken from the 2009/2010 season until the summer of 2014. Since 2014/2015, he has been the General Music Director and Opernintendant at the Wuppertaler Bühnen.
In 2010, Toshiyuki Kamioka received the ‘Von der Heydt-Kulturpreis’ in Wuppertal. At the beginning of 2011, the Music Pen Club Japan awarded him the ‘Concert Performance Prize’ for his work as a conductor of Japanese orchestras and for his tours to Japan with the Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal.