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Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi

Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi (堤 剛 Tsutsumi Tsuyoshi) (born July 28, 1942 in Tokyo) started to study music under the tutorship of Hideo Saito, founder of the Tokyo Conservatory.

Tsutsumi made his debut as cellist when he was 12 years old with the Tokyo Philharmonic and at 18 he started his first concert tour as soloist throughout India and Europe. He was granted a Fulbright Scholarship to study at Indiana University with János Starker.

His concert performances have taken him around the world with the most important orchestras (ORTF, Berlin Radio Symphony, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, the Rotterdam, London, Chicago, Indianapolis, Toronto and Vancouver philharmonic orchestras, etc.) and has participated in festivals like the Algoma Fall, Banff, Guelph Spring, Ontario Place, Stratford and Ravinia.

He has appeared with the most prestigious maestros: Seiji Ozawa, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the musicians Gervase de Peyer, Ronald Turini, Adele Marcus, James Campbell and others.


1957     1st prize Music Competition of Japan (Mainichi Music Competition) Fulbright Scholarship

1963     ARD International Music Competition Munich 2nd prize (no awardee for 1st prize)

1963     Pablo Casals International Cello Competition

1971      2nd Torii Music Award (now called Suntory Music Award)

1984     Kodály Medal (Hungary)

1993      Award of the Japan Art Academy

2009     Decorated with a medal with purple ribbon by the government of Japan

2013     Accredited as Person of Cultural Merit for his contribution of introducing Western music and cultural promotion by the government of Japan

2014     Awarded the IU Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion from Indiana University

2016  The Decoration of Honor in Gold for Services to the City of Vienna

Positions held:

November 1997 to present – President of Japan Cello Society

2000 to August 2009 – Chairman of the board of Suntory Music Foundation

2001 to present – Music Director of Kirishima International Music Festival

2003 to present – Director General of Suntory Foundation for Arts

2015 to present – Elected Director General of Japan Federation of Musicians

Public positions held:

December 2009 to present Member of the Japan Art Academy


ARD International Music Competition Munich

International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition

Rostropovich Cello Competition

International Paulo Cello Competition

Chairman of Witold Lutostawski International Cello Competition

Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann

International Tchaikovsky Competition

Geneva International Music Competition

Adam International Cello Festival and Competition

The Music Competition of Japan

Osaka International Chamber Music Competition & Festa (Chairperson)