The Rohm Music Foundation Aims to
Promote Cultural Enrichment through Music

HOMEDevelopment of Music Culture

© Tatsuo Sasaki

Development of Music Culture - Education of Musicians -

To develop music culture, Rohm Music Foundation supports young musicians who will shape the future of the music field to fulfill their dreams, and the musicians involved become our "Rohm Music Friends" who deliver music to many people together with us.


< Since FY1991 > The Foundation works to create to a supportive environment for aspiring young music students who want to become musicians.

Total Number of Scholarship Students: 464 (from FY1991 to FY2018)

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Daishin Kashimoto


© Daisuke Akita

Won the International Fritz Kreisler Competition, the International Piano and Violin Competition Marguerite Long - Jacques Thibaud, etc. Performed as a solist with eminent orchestras conducted by Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa, Mariss Jansons, etc. Became the first concertmaster for Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 2010. Music director for "Le Pont International Music Festival" for chamber music since 2007.
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Tatsuya Shimono


© Naoya Yamaguchi

Born in Kagoshima. Won the Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting in 2000 and the Concours International de Jeunes Chefs d’Orchestre de Besançon in 2001, and since then, he has been successful internationally. General Music Director for Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, Music Director for Hiroshima Wind Orchestra, and Permanent Guest Conductor for Kyoto Symphony Orchestra. Professor at Conducting, Faculty of Music, Kyoto City University of Arts.
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Mayuko Kamio


© Shion Isaka

Won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2007. Has been successful internationally, performing with Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, etc.
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Yoko Kikuchi


© Marco Borggreve

Became the first Japanese first-prize winner in the 8th International Mozart Competition in Salzburg in 2002. After that, successful in Japan and overseas including performance in Morzart Macinee, Salzburg Festival. Successfully performed all piano sonatas by Mozart with a fortepiano and a modern piano in 2009. Received the 17th Idemitsu Music Award in 2007.
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Kenji Sakai


© Maxime Lenik

After graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts, accumulated experiences in Europe. Received Prix de Rome in 2015, and won the Grand Prize in Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium in 2012, the Commissioner for Cultural Affairs award in 2012, and other major awards for composition in Japan and overseas. Became the composer in residence for Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra in April, 2017.
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Takashi Izuhara


Since 2007, has performed as the guest concertmaster with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, etc. Lecturer for the chamber orchestra seminar "Sound of Akiyoshidai" in 2009 and 2010. At present, Concertmaster for Kyoto Symphony Orchestra and Part-time Instructor at Kyoto City University of Arts.
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Sayako Kusaka


© Kiyoaki Sasahara

Born in Hyogo. Won the 2nd prize in the Paganini Competition. Became the 1st concertmaster for Konzerthausorchester Berlin in 2008. Became the concertmaster for Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in 2013 (special guest performer since 2017). Also performs actively for solo and chamber music concerts while performing as the concertmaster in Japan and Germany. Currently lives in Berlin.
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Hisako Kawamura


© Marco Borggreve

Won the 2nd Prize in the ARD International Music Competition, and the Clara Haskil Piano Competition. Mainly in Germany at present, performs with Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marek Janowski, Czech Philharmonic conducted by Jirí Belohlávek, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo conducted by Paavo Järvi, etc. Received various awards including the new face award of Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts. Professor at Folkwang University of the Arts.
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Kazuaki Kikumoto


Principal trumpet player for Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo. Completed Graduate School of Music, Kyoto City University of Arts. Received education in University of Music Freiburg and Karlsruhe's University of Music. Won the 1st prize in the 72nd Music Competition of Japan, the 2nd prize in Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Solo Competition (2008), etc.
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Dai Miyata


© Daisuke Omori

Won the Rostropovich Cello Competition, and several competitions in Japan. Currently performs with world-renowned performers and also performs as a solo performer. Appeared on NHK's and commercial TV station's documentary programs, etc.
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Seiya Ueno


Won the 8th Jean-Pierre Rampal Flute Competition in 2008. Graduated from Disciplines instrumentales for Conservatorie de Paris, and Doctor's Course for University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. Won the 25th Aoyama Music Awards New Face Award and the 17th Hotel Okura Music Award. Presides Flute School "Otonosumuheya." Representative of Tokyo Baroque Players.
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Eriko Ara


Won the 1st prize in the 73rd Music Competition of Japan (judged unanimously), and the 20th Idemitsu Music Award. After performing as the academy student for NHKSO Academy, became Tokyo Symphony Orchestra Principal Oboist in 2009. Also performs actively as a member of Yokohama Sinfonietta, Nagano Chamber Orchestra, and Tokyo Sextet. Part-time instructor at Kunitachi College of Music and Tokyo College of Music.
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Kyohei Sorita



Invited by V. Gergiev, he made his stage debut in the concerto with Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra in Russia in 2015. In his debut recital in Suntory Hall in 2016, all 2,000 ticket were sold out and his overwhelming performance attracted the audience. His first concert tour (25 performances) 2017 in Japan successfully completed with all tickets sold out. Received the Idemitsu Music Award in FY2016. Currently devotes himself to study at Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.
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Naoki Miyasato

(Vocal [Tenor])

Graduated at the top of the list from Tokyo University of the Arts. Completed Graduate School of Music at the same university. Studied under Michio Tatara and Ralf Döring. Performed with major orchestras in Japan such as NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo so far. Performed as the leading player in many various operas such as Rodolfo《 La Boheme》, Nemorino《 The Elixir of Love》, and Pinkerton《 Madame Butterfly》. Won the 2nd prize in the 23rd Riccardo Zandonai Concorso and many other competitions. Tokyo Nikikai Opera Foundation Member.

Rohm Music Foundation Scholarship Concerts

< Since FY2013 > We have been holding concerts by current scholarship holders or musicians who have just finished receiving the scholarships since 2013.

© Tatsuo Sasaki

Overseas Research

< from FY1993 to FY2014 > The Foundation provides developmental opportunities for musicians by supporting overseas music research.

Total Number of Overseas Music Research Musicians: 64 (from FY1993 to FY2014)

Junji MitsuishiRepetiteur(1998/10~2001/9)

Earned the credits for doctoral course at Tokyo University of the Arts, and after that, studied at The University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, and became the first Asian full-time lecturer in Vocal Music at the university in Vienna. Performed as Repetiteur, Accompanist, and Composer in Europe and Japan (in particular, "Wonder in Alice's Land" he first performed in 2016 acquired a good reputation). Professor at MusashinoAcademia Musicae and the lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts. Received Honor Award of the Republic of Austria in 2009.
"Wonder in Alice's Land" Photo credit:Tokyo Bunka Kaikan © Tomoko Hidaki

Jun AguniOpera production(1999/10~2002/9)

His outstanding scale sensitivity and detailed direction were internationally acclaimed with New National Theatre Tokyo "La Boheme", Nissay Theatre "Ainada Mar", ujiwara Opera "Norma", Tokyo Nikikai Opera Theatre "A Masked Ball", Kioi Hall "L'Olimpiade", Sassari Theatre in Italy "Andrea Chenier" and "Ernani", Maribor Slovene National Theater "The tales of Hoffmann", etc. Chief director for Opera Studio in New National Theatre Tokyo. Became Advisor for Nissay Theatre in 2017. Won the Encouragement Prize in JXTG Music Award in FY2011.

Michiko Hayashi VocalVocal [mezzosoprano](2002/10~2005/9)

Graduated from Tokyo College of Music. Completed Toho Gakuen Graduate School, Nikikai Opera Studio, and the 1st Class in NNT Opera Studio. Studied in Munich as the overseas trainee for the Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists offered by The Agency for Cultural Affairs. Won the highest rank in The Dimitris Mitropoulos International Competition for Singing in 2003. Won the 5th Hotel Okura Music Award.
Photo credit: Kioi Hall © Tomoko Hidaki

Kazuki YamadaConductor(2009/10~2011/9)

Won the 51st Concours International de Jeunes Chefs d’Orchestre de Besançon in 2009. Performed as a guest conductor with major orchestras in many countries, including Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestre de Paris, The Philhamonia Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.In 2017, he made his debut with Komische Oper Berlin. At present, Art Director for Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra and Resident Conductor for Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, etc. Lives in Berlin.
Photo credit: Suntory Hall © Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Concert