Alto Noras (cello)

Alto Noras (cello)


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Venue: Nihonmatsu City Cultural Center

Concert Overview : Cello: Alto Noras Piano: Katsumi Ueda

Member-only special offers: A cellist who represents the world "from the land of Moomin". He is also a teacher of Yoko Hasegawa, A large-scale cello evening that reproduces the magnificent nature of Finland.

Ticket inquiry: Nihonmatsu City Cultural Center



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Arto Noras (cello)

Born in 1942. Founder and Artistic Director of the Naantali Music Festival, Alto Noras is one of Finland's finest performers and one of the most outstanding cellists of our time.

Studied under Julie Selin at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and further studied under Paul Tortelier at the Paris Conservatoire. Graduated with Premier Prix in 1964. In 1966, he won the second prize at the Tchaikovsky International Music Competition, and began to perform regularly at major concert halls in Europe and the United States.

In 1970 he became a professor at the Sibelius Academy and has given many master classes throughout Europe. In addition to his solo activities in a wide range of repertoires, he has an outstanding sense as a chamber musician and is active as a member of the Sibelius Academy Quartet and the Helsinki Trio. He has also served as a judge at the Tchaikovsky, Casals, and Cassard competitions.

He has released a number of recordings on the Finlandia label, and is highly regarded as one of today's leading musicians for his majestic songwriting and his tolerant and dignified playing style.

Katsumi Ueda (piano)

Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts music department. Selected for the 38th Japan Music Competition while in school. Received the Ataka Prize in 1971. 1973 Kreutzer Prize winner. Graduated from the same graduate school in 1975. Studied at the North West German Academy of Music in Detmold, West Germany. The following year, he studied under Mr. K-Silde at the Berlin Academy of Music. 1977 Long-Thibaud International Competition 2nd prize. In 1978, he participated in W-Kempf's Beethoven lecture in Positano, Italy. In 1979, he performed with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. From 1978 to 1980, he worked as an assistant at the Berlin University of the Arts, and by the time he returned to Japan in 1982, he had performed throughout Europe.

He has performed with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Sakkyo Symphony Orchestra, and the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, performed on tour with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, and participated in performances by Germany's Bach Solisten in Japan. He is active not only as a soloist but also as a chamber musician. Currently an associate professor at the Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts.