Profile of Yuri Nitta

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Yuri Nitta Conductor/ Dirigentin/ Kapellimestari

Yuri Nitta was born in Tokyo. Her music career has started with piano. After she had graduated from Kunitachi College of Music she was admitted to the Class of diploma of Tohogakuen College of Music. At the age of 18 she has started to study conducting under Kazuhiko Komatsu and later under Tadaaki Otaka, Seiji Ozawa, Kazuyoshi Akiyama.

In 1990 she has been a finalist of Besancon International Young Conductor Competition and in 1991 she had took the second prize in Tokyo International Music Competition (sponsored by Min-On). Since then she has been invited as a guest conductor to Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, and Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, Sendai Philharmony Orchestra, Nagoya Philharmony Orchestra, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra and many others. And she has been working with the wind orchestra- Osaka municipal wind band ,Tokyo Wind Orchestra and Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra. She has released 6 CDs from King Record in 1994 with Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra. Recently 3 CDs were released from Pony Canyon cooperation with Osaka municipal wind band and Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra in Oct.2009.

She has also career in conducting Operas. After taking assistant under Kazushi Ohno and other conductors in Opera Concertante of Tokyo Philharmony Orchestra, Yokohama City Opera and Theater Mozart, she conducted "Die Entführung aus dem Serail","Le nozze di Figaro", "Don Giovanni", "Cosi fan tutte", "Die Zauberflöte", "La serva padrona", "Il segreto di Susanna", "Yuzuru" in Yokohama City Opera and Ota Kumin Opera Association.

From Oct. 2000 through Oct. 2001 she was sent by Japanese Cultural Affairs with the scholarship to Lahti Symphony Orchestra and had the training. She conducted their rehearsals and concerts besides being an assistant of Osmo Vänskä at the opera of“Ennen kuin me kaikki olemme hukkuneet ” - Finnish National Opera and “Aika ja Uni”in Savonlinna Opera Festival . She also conducted the student`s orchestra and wind orchestra of Lahti Concervatoir. In August 2001 she has established “Ensemble Iris” with the members of Lahti Symphony Orchestra with the repertories of Finnish and Japanese pieces based at Listin Church in Lahti city and its interesting activities were picked up on the newspapers. And at the same time she takes piano part of the chamber music ensemble with the members of Lahti Symphony Orchestra.

She had come onstage as a guest conductor at Joensuu city orchestra Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Mikkeli City Orchestra , Kristiansan Orchestra and La Tempesta in Nordic country. She had invited “Oulunsalo music festival” from 2005 to 2007, and “Lieksa Brass Week” in 2006 and 2013.On August 2007 she had conducted 10year anniversary concert of La Tempesta in Helsinki. She had released “Symbiosis” by Octavia-criston collaborating with Jouko Harjanne(tp) and Kuopio Symphony Orchestra on 2006.
In the field of writing she contributes a music column, an essay and an article to a newpaper and music magazine from 2004. She wrote program notes for NHK Symphony Orchestra and Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo 2007 as an expert on Nordic music.

 Now a day she is putting her power into performing the Finnish pieces as well as five Northern Europe countries in Japan and her lyricism is highly evaluated.

She becomes the regular conductor of Aichi Chamber Orchetra from Jan.2015.

She is a teacher of Kunitachi College of Music ,Toho Gakuen College, Soai University and Doshisya Women's University.
She is a Chairman of Japan Sibelius Society.

She is with an artist of the Tokyo Concerts Management Office

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