Hirofumi Yoshida conductor
The Japanese conductor studied at the Tokyo College of Music, where he specializes in piano with Yukiko Okafuji, in contrabass with Mitsuru Onozaki, in musicology with Reiko Arima and Tomiko Kojiba and in conducting with Yasuhiko Shiozawa, Jun-Ichi Hirokami and Yujiro Tsuda. Between 1994 and 1995, Yoshida move to Vienna, where he obtained master’s degree at the Vienna's University, with the masters Hans Graf and Julius Kalmar. In 1996, he obtained the advanced music master at the Chigiana Academy of Music in Siena, with the masters Juri Temirkanov e Myung-Whun Chung.
In 2008, Yoshida conducted the Verdi’s Don Carlos in Hong Kong. In 2009, he was appointed music director at the Teatro Sociale di Mantova. In 2013, he conducted Rigoletto at the Teatro Vittorio Emanuele II di Messina, for the 200th Giuseppe Verdi's Anniversary. In 2013, the Teatro Comunale di Bologna invited Yoshida to conduct two Baroque operas from Padre Martini: Il Maestro di Musica and Il Don Chisciotte, on the occasion of the composer’s 250th anniversary. In the same year, he conducted the same production at the Kyoto Opera Festival, whose the artistic director is Hirofumi Yoshida him-self. In the same year, he was awarded the Enrico Caruso International Prize, which is conferred to Non-Italians who have made a great contribution to promoting Opera in Italy. In 2014, Hirofumi Yoshida has been appointed artistic director of the Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, conducting the Brahms Violin Concerto in D major and Mozart's Symphony No. 41, as first concert with the orchestra. In 2015, he conducted Madama Butterfly in Bologna and Don Pasquale at the Teatro Verdi di Trieste. During the Kyoto Opera Festival 2015, he conducted four performances of Leoncavallo's Pagliacci in Kyoto, Tokyo and at the Himeji’s Castle. In 2016, Yoshida conducted the first New Year's Concert in Bologna, Le Nozze di Figaro at the Bologna Opera House, among others.
At present, Hirofumi Yoshida is designated professor at Toho College of Music, in Japan.