Music Director Hiroshi Hoshina – see below
Resident Conductor Takashi Akiyama – see below
Concert Mistress Aki Washino
The Hoshina Academy Chamber Orchestra "Ensemble=Harmonia" is a Japanese amateur orchestra.
It was established by alumni and present members of the Okayama University Symphony Orchestra in 1994. Both the players and the resident conductor Takashi Akiyama are amateur musicians who seriously love performing classical music.
They are the most enthusiastic supporters of the “Hoshina Method”, a unified theory of the musical analysis and interpretation. This method was developed by Hiroshi Hoshina and the Okayama University Symphony Orchestra during decades of their efforts.
Having a common experience at the Okayama University Symphony Orchestra, they also practice strict training methods they learned at the university orchestra - so called “Okayama University Method” -, in order to keep their clear ensemble.
Although this orchestra consists of non-music career players, their concert always gets favorable comments from audiences.
Members meet once a month for rehearsal. This frequency is far from enough for an amateur orchestra, however, members believe their methods work efficiently to polish up their ensemble within a limited number of rehearsals.
Hiroshi Hoshina was born in 1936 in Tokyo. He studied composition at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where his thesis won the 1st prize of the Mainichi-Classic Competitions (composition for orchestra).
He composes various styles of classical music: orchestra work, brass band music, instrumental pieces, songs, choirs, opera, etc. Over a half of his works belongs in the brass band music, which includes some well-known pieces like "Fumon" and "Caprice".
In 2009, a piece for solo horn and piano (originally composed for solo horn and orchestra) "Miko Dance" is chosen as a compulsory piece of the final round with piano at the 20° Concorso Internazionale "CITTÀ DI PORCIA".
From the beginning of his music career, teaching amateur musicians was one of the most attracting works for him. He has been a resident conductor of Okayama University Symphony Orchestra for over 40 years, which is a record period staying a position of resident conductor in Japan. During the close and continuous relationship with the orchestra, he developed a unique unified theory of musical analysis, interpretation, and playing methods. It works remarkably well for musicians that start playing instruments and yet have any professional training at conservatories: such as school brass bands, university orchestras and brass bands consist mostly of non-music course students, and amateur citizen orchestras and brass bands.
Based on the theory, he is also active as a conductor, clinician and author.
He taught at Tokyo Collage of Music, Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, and Hyogo University of Teacher Education where he retired in 2001.
Takashi Akiyama was born in 1965 in Okayama, Japan, where he attended the school brass band of Okayama Ichinomiya senior high school. In 1983, his brass band got a gold prize under his baton.
In 1984, he started to study medicine at the Okayama University. Meanwhile, he joined the Okayama University Symphony Orchestra as a trumpet player. He contributed for his orchestra to win the 1st prize at the All Japan University Orchestra contest as a student conductor. Since he graduated the university, he has been the assistant conductor of Hiroshi Hoshina for the Okayama University Symphony Orchestra.
In 1994, he established the Hoshina Academy Chamber Orchestra with his colleague at the university orchestra in order to practice Hiroshi Hoshina’s unified theory of musical analysis and interpretation.
Having years of experience of assistant conductor at Okayama University Symphony Orchestra, he introduced a training method for amateur orchestras – so called “Oayama University Method”- to his own orchestra.
This combination made his orchestra unique: their ensemble is surprisingly clear and artistic for an orchestra based on non-music career players.
As a medical doctor, he spends his weekdays at the Kawasaki Medical School as an associate professor.
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