Mendelssohn: Symphony No.3 in A minor, Op.56 “Scottish” - Mvt. I CIM Orchestra Kimbo Ishii-Eto, conductor Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. in Kulas Hall Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony was inspired by the composer’s first visit to Britain in 1829. After starting and stopping the piece several times, he finished it in Berlin in 1842. The premiere took place on March 3, 1842 in Leipzig.
SYMPHONY NO. 3 IN A MINOR, OP. 56 ("SCOTTISH")
Kimbo Ishii is currently continuing into his third season with Theater Magdeburg as General Music Director. During his three seasons at Theater Magdeburg he has conducted the premiere-productions of, "Lucia di Lammermoor", "Der Freischütz", "Jenůfa”, ”Madame Butterfly", "The Tales of Hoffmann", "The Abduction from the Seraglio", "Kiss me, Kate", "Tristan and Isolde" and "Macbeth". On the concert platform he has conducted numerous symphonic concerts.
During his tenure at the Komische Oper Berlin (KOB) from 2006-2008 where he was active as Principal Conductor (Kapellmeister), he conducted performances of "The Marriage of Figaro", "Don Giovanni", "The Magic Flute", "Fidelio", "The Barber of Seville", "Rigoletto", "Turandot", "Die Fledermaus", "The Bartered Bride", "Le Coq d'or" and two productions of Zemlinsky operas, "The Dwarf" and "A Florentine Tragedy". While still under the baton of Ishii conducting the coveted orchestra concerts and premiere-productions, the productions of "L'enfant et les sortilèges" and "The Tales of Hoffmann" became one of the most popular productions at the Komische Oper Berlin for seasons.
Ishii has served as Music Director to various Orchestras, during 2007-2012 he was made Music Director of the Amarillo Symphony, while from 1999-2007 he was Music Director with Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and he also served as Principal Guest Conductor from 2009-2013 with the Osaka Symphony Orchestra in Japan.
While frequently invited as guest conductor throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas he continues to conduct with the NHK Symphony Orchestra (Japan), New Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerorchestra (Berlin), and the Skaneateles Festival Orchestra, the China Broadcast Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica and the Kammerakademie Potsdam (Germany). He also has conducted the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, the Manchester Camerata (England), the Silesian Philharmonic (Poland), the Bochum Symphony (Germany), the Sønderjylland Symphony Orchestra (Denmark), Orchestra Philharmonikade (Lima, Peru), and the Shanghai Symphony.
His festival activities include conducting at the Kusatsu International Music Festival in Japan from 1996-1999, a guest faculty appointment at the C.W. Post Chamber Music Festival, and two Conducting Fellowships at the Tanglewood Music Festival. For several seasons he was Cover Conductor with both the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic before joining the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra as Music Director.
Other career highlights include several NTV concert broadcasts with the Yomiuri Japan Symphony Orchestra, and his CD recordings conducting with the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, The Camerata Schulz and the Kusatsu Festival Orchestra.
Ishii's internationally renowned conducting teachers have included Chosei Komatsu, Michael Charry, Seiji Ozawa, and Sir Simon Rattle. He received his Master's degree in Conducting from the Mannes College of Music.
He also studied violin with Walter Barylli at the State Conservatory in Vienna after years of training in Japan with Yu Kazaoka, and continued his violin studies with Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang at the Juilliard School of Music.
Ishii was a prizewinner in Denmark's Nikolai Malko International Conducting Competition in 1995. He was awarded the George & Elizabeth Gregory Award for Performance Excellence (New York Arts Foundation) in 1996, and in 2010 he was also bestowed the "Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Award" (Sony Music Foundation), in which its entire prize money has been donated to the Tokyo Junior Philharmonic Orchestra.