The Yokohama Sinfonietta
The Yokohama Sinfonietta, formed around maestro Kazuki Yamada, was founded in 1998 by students and graduates of the prestigious Tokyo University of Arts and originally named the TOMATO Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra presented their official debut in 1999 at Kawaguchi Lilia Hall and concerts followed, with participation in the “Treasure Box Series” at Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall in 2001. In 2005, the orchestra became a fully professional orchestra and was renamed the Yokohama Sinfonietta. For their first official concert in 2008, they invited violinist Emiri Miyamoto as soloist, and in that same year, maestro Kenichiro Kobayashi was appointed Music Advisor. In 2009, maestro Yamada won first prize at the 51st Besançon International Conducting Competition, and the second official concert of the orchestra consequently marked maestro Kazuki’s triumph at
Besançon, with two CDs released on the Exton label, including the Brahms and
Mendelssohn Violin Concertos and the C major symphonies of Bizet and Mozart. In 2010, the orchestra was incorporated and 2011 marked the release of a third CD featuring Schubert’s Eighth Symphony “The Great”. In 2013, the Yokohama Sinfonietta introduced their label, TOMATONE. And that same month, they became the first Japanese ensemble to be invited to “La Folle Journée de Nantes” in France, performing seven concerts to great acclaim.The orchestra was awarded the Yokohama Cultural Prize of Culture and Arts Award.
The Yokohama Sinfonietta appeared in charity performances at Suntory Hall, attended by Her Majesty.