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
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)