Artists

Mizuho Yoshii

Mizuho Yoshii

Oboe

Associate professor. Tokyo University of the Arts

Mizuho Yoshii has been the principal oboist of the MCO since 2001. Her musicianship and distinctive tone have been acclaimed by critics and have delighted audiences worldwide.

Mizuho has played in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and many of the finest European orchestras have invited her to play as Guest Principal Oboist. She has worked closely with conductors Claudio Abbado, Gunter Wand, Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and Daniel Harding.

Mizuho has a flourishing career in Japan, both as a recitalist and as an ensemble player.In 2013 she was selected as a leader in her field to represent the Future of Japan, by the Bungei Shunjyu newspaper group. Mizuho is teaching at Tokyo University of arts.She is founder and producer of the Kamakura ReSonance Concert Series.

Michael Collins

Michael Collins

Clarinet

International soloist

Michael Collins is one of the most complete musicians of his generation. With a continuing, distinguished career as a soloist, he has also become highly regarded as a conductor. He is Artistic Director in Residence of the London Mozart Players, and from 2010 – 2018 he was the Principal Conductor of the City of London Sinfonia.
Recent highlights include a return to the Philharmonia Orchestra as conductor; performances worldwide with orchestras including Minnesota Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the Rheinische Philharmonie, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, and tours in South Africa, Australia, Japan and Mexico.
Michael Collins records for Chandos and has covered a wide range of repertoire in his prolific recording career. He was awarded an MBE for his services to music, and plays exclusively on Yamaha clarinets.

Nobuya Sugawa

Nobuya Sugawa

Saxophone

Guest professor. Tokyo University of the Arts/ Kyoto City University of the Arts

Mr. Sugawa graduated from Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music. In 1982 he won second prize at the Japan Music Competition and the following year won first prize at the Japan Wind and Percussion Competition.

Jeroen Berwaerts

Jeroen Berwaerts

Trumpet

Professor, Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover

Belgian trumpeter Jeroen Berwaerts is a musical force to be reckoned with, whose all-embracing love of music knows no boundaries. Praised for his outstanding technical capabilities and sensitive musicality, his repertoire encompasses every epoch, from baroque to contemporary music and jazz.
He has appeared as a soloist with leading orchestras including the NHK Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, NDR Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre Philharmoniques of Strasbourg and Luxembourg, under conductors such as Alan Gilbert, Yakov Kreizberg, Jun Märkl, and Matthias Pintscher. He is a regular guest of internationally renowned music festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Niedersächsische Musiktage, the Takefu International Music Festival in Japan, Ars Musica in Belgium, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and the Rheingau Musik Festival.
Reinvigorating the standard repertoire for trumpet with ingenious programmes and unusual contexts has become Jeroen Berwaerts’ calling card. One such programme places Handel’s Feuerwerksmusik and dances from Rameau’s opera Dardarus alongside chansons by Jacques Brel. The singing roles in such programmes is generally taken up by Jeroen Berwaerts himself, who – alongside his active career as a trumpeter – completed jazz vocal studies at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent.
Jeroen Berwaerts’ extraordinary commitment to contemporary music is evident in the numerous world premieres he has given, including Toshio Hosokawa’s second trumpet concerto Im Nebel and Francesco Filidei’s Carnevale. Following Håkan Hardenberger he was the second trumpeter worldwide to add HK Gruber’s Busking (2007) to his repertoire. In 2019, Jeroen Berwaerts and Håkan Hardenberger premiered Tobias Broström's double concerto for two trumpets Nigredo: The Dark Night of the Soul, co-commissioned by the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, BBC Radio 3 (BBC Proms) and the Swedish Radio Orchestra.
This season, concerts are planned with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the wind section of the Bochum Symphony Orchestra and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, as well as with Alexander Melnikov in the Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin.
Jeroen Berwaerts’ discography includes Signals from Heaven, recorded with Salaputia Brass, with whom he is trumpeter, jazz-vocalist, and ensemble director. His recording of Paul Hindemith’s trumpet sonata with Alexander Melnikov was released on Harmonia Mundi in 2015. In 2012 he recorded Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano, Trumpet, and Orchestra under Teodor Currentzis with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the same year he recorded Toshio Hosokawa’s Voyage VII with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg.
Jeroen Berwaerts studied with the celebrated trumpet virtuoso Reinhold Friedrich in Karlsruhe. Since 2008, he has been Professor of Trumpet at the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover.
He is also Professor in Residence at the Royal Academy of Music in London and an official Yamaha Artist.