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Nobuo Furukawa CELLO

BIOGRAPHY

Nobuo Furukawa graduated from Toho Gakuen School of Music. He studied cello under the late Yoritoyo Inoue, Chisho Akitsu and Mineo Hayashi.

He came second in the cello category at the 64th Music Competition of Japan in 1995. In 1996, he was awarded a scholarship from the Yasuda Quality of Life Cultural Foundation and went to study at the Hungarian Academy of Music under Professor Csaba Onczay. He was awarded a diploma at the 27th International Instrumental Competition Markneukirchen (Germany) in the cello category in 1997. After returning to Japan, in 1998, he was appointed to the position of principal cellist in the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra where he remains to this day. In 2003 he was awarded the 2nd Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Award. In 2011 he was awarded the 31st Kenichiro Todo Music Award. He was awarded the 31st Kyoto Prefecture Cultural Award in 2013. Since 2010, he has worked as a part-time lecturer at Toho Gakuen School of Music.

As a soloist too, he has performed with orchestras and prominent conductors in Japan and overseas on numerous occasions, including national tours with the chamber orchestra "Toyota Master Players, Wien", which features the principal players of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra.

In June 2010, he was invited to regular concerts of the Szolnok City Symphony Orchestra, Hungary, where he enthusiastically performed the Cello Concerto's of Dvořák and Elgar, and he also performed recitals in St. Michael's Church in the city of Budapest; both drew rave reviews.

In addition to his solo recitals and chamber music activities all across Japan, he continues with energetic activities, such as performing with the Saito Kinen Orchestra and at the Miyazaki International Musical Festival every year.

Furthermore, he does not confine himself to just classical music, and continues to do great things in a wide range of fields, such as pop, jazz and tango, actively collaborating with artists from other genres, and, having been responsible for the solo performance for the theme from the movie "Departures", etc., he is the cellist who is attracting the most attention from all quarters for his popularity and ability.

So far, he has released seven solo albums and two best-of albums, including his live recording CD "FURUKAWA NOBUO@LIVE" which went on sale on January 30, 2010.

Moreover, in 2007 he formed the unit "KOBUDO" together with Dozan Fujiwara (Shakuhachi) and Takeshi Senoo (Piano). Incorporating the roots of a variety of instruments, whilst cherishing Japanese traditions and sensibilities, he is engaged in performance and production activities, aiming for the creation of new music.

In 2014, he celebrated the 15th anniversary of his debut, and on March 19, his solo album "GENTLE SOULS" was released by Sony Music Direct. Furthermore, the two-disc album "J.S. Bach The Unaccompanied Cello Suites Complete" was released on October 22.