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HORIGOME Yuzuko (Japan)

Jury Chairperson, Violin Section

She graduated from Toho Gakuen School of Music in 1980. She began playing the violin under Mr. Ryosaku Kubota and Mr. Toshiya Eto. In the same year, she became the first Japanese to win first prize at the Queen Elizabeth International Music Competition in Belgium. Since then, Yuzuko Horigome has performed with many renowned orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, and conductors including Claudio Abbado, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle.

She has been invited to participate at many internationally well-known festivals and has performed with Rudolf Serkin, Martha Argerich, Jean-Marc Luisada, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Nobuko Imai, Antonio Meneses and Charles Neidich. She has been giving Master Classes in Camerata Picena (Italy) since 2013, and also at Cambridge (UK) since 2014.

Her performances in Japan include many projects such as "Complete violin sonatas of Beethoven", and a series of 6 concerts named "Bach-Brahms Project". In autumn 2016, she played complete violin concertos of Mozart at the concerts in Tokyo with Camerata Salzburg and Hansjorg Schellenberger, which won great acclaim.

Among many CDs she has released, the most recent includes "J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin", and "Bruch & Brahms (Concertos)" from Octavia Records. She has also been invited to be a jury member by many major international music competitions and has been serving as Violin Section Jury Chairperson of Sendai International Music Competition since 2016. In July 2015, her book "Violinist-no-ryobun (Violinists’ Corner)" was published from Shunjusha Publishing Company.

Currently she teaches as a professor at Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles and at Conservatorium Maastricht. Yuzuko Horigome plays a Joseph Guarneri del Gesu, Cremona, 1741.

Official Website: http://yuzuviolin.com/