Yuki HASEGAWA, biography
Born in Tokyo. Conductor, arranger, pianist and producer who studied in Paris and Milan. Lives in Paris / Tokyo.
“Yuki has fine gestures and conducting technique that helps her to express her musical thoughts. She has the talent to adjust quickly and pick up on new musical and technical ideas. She has a deep knowledge and understanding about music that she conducts. I enjoyed working with Yuki Hasegawa very much also because of her enthusiasm and love for music and unremitting efforts, and persistence to achieve great results. Yuki Hasegawa is a fine and passionate musician who shows great promise as a conductor.”
—August 2021, Neeme Järvi
While focusing on also arranging and publishing music due to the Covid-19 situation, she was the only Japanese finalist in the Nikisch International Conducting Competition in 2020 and was invited to the preliminary screening members of the competition in 2021. In parallel, she has been taking Neeme Järvi’s Zoom conducting masterclass and is working hard to improve herself.
She is the frequent guest conductor at the regular concerts of the Japan Croatia Music Society. In 2019, her selection of Papandopulo’s Sinfonietta was reviewed as “Wonderful contents with nobleness, romanticism, and also folk elements, and it is of great significance to have premiered such an excellent piece in Japan”, “The performance unfolded like a burst of energy right from the beginning”, “It was vibrant and had a good sense of neoclassical style”. In the Symphonies by Sorkočević, she succeeded in transmitting “charming sorrow (of the slow movement)” as well as “a composition style that has an Italianate brightness and something attractive” (all by Kyosuke Hasegawa*, music critic.) . Live CD and DVD of that concert and the previous “Piano concerto recital” (works by P. Dešpalj (Japan premiere), Gerald Finzi, etc. conducted by Yuki Hasegawa in 2017) are also published.
The piano recital aroused comments including: “a very eloquent and three-dimensional impression that made good use of dynamic playing style” and “Yuki Hasegawa brought out the characteristics of each piece well, and made us feel once again that the piano, as an instrument, is equipped with such a rich expressive capability comparable to that of an orchestra” (from the audience’s SNS post 2018) etc.
She has an attachment to experimental harmonic works around the early 20th century. She performed 2nd Sonata by Fauré for cello recital of Aurélien Sabouret, her brother-in-law and principal cello with Opéra National de Paris (acclaimed in the Japanese prestigious magazine “Ongaku-no-tomo”), Sonata by Vierne and Granados for CD with Jean-Pierre Lacour, former violinist of the Orchestre de Paris, etc. She has also introduced other works by Castillon, Lekeu, Roussel, Juon, Pilati, Stenhammar, Schulhof, and others in Japan. She has also been commissioned to arrange Pejačević’s works for flute quartet, two pianos, and Piano.
As a chamber musician, she has performed with principal members of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Turin Royal Opera Orchestra, and the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra. She has also released a streaming album as duo with flutist Mika Takeuji that won three first prizes in Paris and piano solo.
Yuki Hasegawa is the laureate of many competitions in France, Italy, Austria (Brahms Competition as piano-soloist in Pörtschach) and Hungary (1st Prize with Unanimity of the member of Danube Symphony Orchestra in the 16th Conducting Course and Competition in Budapest).
She is a graduate of Kunitachi College of Music (piano), Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris-CNR (chamber music – perfection, écriture musicale and orchestration), Milano Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado (orchestral conducting – Biennio (master)) and Conservatoire National de Région de Saint-Maur-des-Fossés (piano accompaniment). She studied écriture musicale also in CNSM-Lyon. From school days in Japan and France, she has been frequently appointed as the official piano-accompanist for orchestral instrument masterclasses, competitions etc. by professors due to her rich musicality, sense of harmony and ease of going. Later, she has been also appointed as a pianist for operas and a member of the jury of music competitions.
Born in Tokyo, Yuki Hasegawa began piano lessons at an early age, studying with Professor Fujiko Yamada. She went on to study with virtuoso pianist Thierry Huillet in Toulouse and well-known professor Arnulf von Arnim in Germany, alongside tuition in chamber music with Jean-Pierre Sabouret (concertmaster of the Opéra National de Paris), Eric LeSage and Paul Meyer; orchestration with Alain Louvier; écriture musicale with Bernard de Crepy; piano accompaniment with Cécile Hugonnard-Roche; and orchestral conducting with Renato Rivolta, Vincent Renaud and Adrian McDonnell, among others.
Yuki Hasegawa divides her time between Paris and Tokyo, enabled by her residence permit «Talent Passport» with all types of professional activity permission from French government. Collaborative artist with the prestigious agent Pro Arte Musicae Co., Ltd. in Japan. Composer member of the Irish Music Rights Organisation and the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society in U.K. President of Ensemble Cordiale (music planning office), Édition les bons concerts and Lyrica Records.
(*The critic is not a relative of the artist. There are around 377,000 people named “Hasegawa”.)
(Updated on 14th October 2022)
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