Violin Tomoko Kato

第47回日本音楽コンクール・ヴァイオリン部門第1位、レウカディア賞受賞。翌年の海外派遣コンクールで特別賞受賞。1980年桐朋学園大学卒業。同8 月、タングルウッド音楽祭に(アメリカ)参加、メイヤー賞受賞。ローレンス・レッサーに師事。アスペン音楽祭、マールボーロ音楽祭に出演、ルドルフ・ゼル キンらの指導を受ける。1981年9月から文化庁派遣研修員として2年間、ジュリアード音楽院に留学。
 1983年帰国。以来国内はもとよりアメリカ、ヨーロッパ、南米、韓国、中国、モスクワなど各地でオーケストラとの共演やリサイタル・ツアーを行う。NHK-TV、FM番組にも出演 。ソロ活動のほかには室内楽、リリア・アンサンブルの中枢として活躍。ATMアンサンブルなどの室内楽も恒常的に行っている。アルゲリッチ、マイスキーら との共演も高く評価された。1995年サントリーホール大ホールでのリサイタルは、「持ち前の美音と大らかな音楽的解釈で、客席を埋め尽くした聴衆にヴァ イオリンを聴く喜びを伝えることに成功した」とまた、1996年クリヴィヌ指揮リヨン管弦楽団との共演は「特にスケルツォやアンダンテ楽章での熱い情感を 込めた歌は、聴き応え充分であった。」と絶賛された。


Tomoko Kato started violin lessons since the age of four. In 1978, she was received both first prize and the Leucadia Award in the violin division of the 47th All-Japan Music Competition. The following year, she was presented with a special award to pursue overseas study. By the time she graduated in 1980, Ms. Kato had already made her professional debut in Japan with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.Other awards and scholarships she had won include the Mayor Award at the Tanglewood Festival in 1980; a fellowship to the 1981 Aspen Music Festival; and a scholarship from the Japan Agency of Cultural Affairs to study at the Juilliard School for two years. In 1982 Miss Kato won second prize at the 7th Tchaikovsky International Competition.Since returning to Japan in 1983 to make her recital debut, she has appeared regularly with Japan´s most prominent orchestras and under the baton of leading conductors. Ms. Kato is also an active chamber musician, performing regularly in various chamber groups including the Lilia Ensemble, which she founded in 1991. Though the ensemble´s performances, Miss Kato works to introduce new artists to the public eye, and the group is frequently featured in television and radio programs on NHK, Japan´s national public broadcasting network.International invitations have taken her throughout the world: a recital tours of Morocco, Greece, Turkey and Algeria, including performances at the Algerian Music Festival, and tours throughout Europe, China and Korea.Tomoko Kato´s many recordings include the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, two discs of music by Fritz Kreisler, The Joy of Love, chamber music by Mendelssohn, the Fauré and Franck Violin Sonatas, the Six Sonatas for Solo Violin by Ysaÿe, Estrellita, A Night at the Opera, and Tomoko Kato Plays Elgar. Her two most recent recordings are Bach Violin Sonatas and Partitas and Grand Tango (Denon, 1999); Bach: Sonatas and Partitas (Denon, 2000).