MAESTROS IN CENTURY ORCHESTRA OSAKA

Urlel Segal begins his sixth season as Chief Conductor of Japan` s Century Orchestra Osaka in the 1994/1995 season. He also begins his sixth season as Music Director of the Chautauqua Symphony in 94/95. Previous positions include the Principal Conductorship of the Philharmonia Hungarica as well as the Bournemouth Symphony and Music  Director of the israel Chamber Orchestra.
 Mr. Segal was born in Jerusalem in 1944 and studied music in Israel and in London. His conducting career was launched by winning First Prize at the Mitropoulos International Conducting Competition in New York in January 1969,which was followed  by a year with the New York Philharmonic as Assistant Conductor and invitations for guest engagements.
  In 1970, Mr. Segal settled in London where he lived until moving back to Jerusalem in 1979. He has appeared in the United Kingdom with all the major British orchestras. His most recent guest engagements in England were the London Philharmonic, the London Symphony and the Philharmonia.

 Uriel Segal conducts extensively in Germany, and has had a regular commitment to the Stuttgart Radio SSYMPHONY Orchestra since 1972. His work with the Philharmonia Hungarica included many foreign tours, taking the orchestra to such  places as Austria, Switzerland, Spain, France, the U.K., Scandinavia and the Far East.
Mr. Segal's other major European appearances have included concerts with such orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Hamburg Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre de Lyon, Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Rome's Santa cecillia, to name a few. He has also conducted operatic productions with companies that include the Nice Opera, the Genoa Opera and the New Israeli Opera.

 In North America, he has conducted orchestras that include the Houston Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra,the Dallas Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Rochester Philharmoic,the Vancouver Symphony, Ottawa's National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Colorado Symphony, to name a few.
Uriel Segal's recordings include a Stravinsky orchestra album with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande for Decca in London, as well as cllaborations with  Firkusny, Lupu, Achkenazy, and de Larrocha for the same label. His recording of Mahler's Fourth Symphony with the New Zealand Symphony Orchetra was released by EMl, as was his recording of music by Britten with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He has also recorded with the Century Orchestra Osaka.
Uriel Segal is managed by Shaw Concerts, Inc.
 
 

Chief Conductor Ken TakaSeki  was born in Tokyo in I 955,Ken Takaseki graduated from Toho Gakuen High School and enrolled in the Toho Gakuen School of music. He won the Karajan Conducting Competition in 1977 while still at university.
 After graduating from university he studied at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy (Karajan Foundation) at the invitation of H. von Karajan and worked as his assistant until 1985. He also studied under Hideo Saito, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Seiji Ozawa, and Tadashi Mori, and  received instruction from Lenard Bernstein, Kurt Masur??, Andr'e Previn and lgor Markevich??.
 He made his debut as a conductor in Europe with the Bergen Symphony Orchestra of Sweden in 1981. won the Hans Swarowsky International Conducting Competition held in Vienna in 1984 and made his debut in Japan in the following year at the subscription concert of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Takaseki served as musical director and chief conductor of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra from 1986 to 1990 and has been musical director of the Gumma Symphony Orchestra since 1993 and conductor of the Shin-Nihon Philharmonic Orchestra since 1994.
Ken Takaseki is regarded as one of the most authoritative figures in Japan's conducting world after directing the Vienna Symphony  Orchestra in I 986 and the NHK Symphony Orchestra in 1991 . He received the Akio Watanabe Music Foundation Music Award  in 1996. And became Appointed chief conductor of our orchestra in April I 997.



Born in Budapest as the son of a musical family, Nandor Szederkenyi began playing violin at the age of five, studying with his father who had been a student of the legendary Jen Hubay.  At the conclusion of his studies at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, he won the highly coveted national Hubay Prize as top graduate which enabled him to spend some time at the Moscow Conservatory.  While in Moscow, he studied under the guidance of Semion Snitkovsky, the associate of David Oistrakh.
 During his studies, Mr. Szederkenyi gave a series of public recitals as soloist and made several radio recordings throughout Hungary. In 1979 he won the first prize at the prestigious International Szigeti Violin Competition in Budapest.
A few months later he left Hungary and was employed by the Philharmonia Hungarica in Germany.  In addition to his his work with the orchestra, he performed as soloist throughout Europe.  After coming to Canada in 1985, he won the CBC National Radio Auditions and was heard in concert across Canada and on radio, CBC and CJRT-FM Toronto.
 In 1989 he was invited by the government of Osaka, Japan to be principal concertmaster of the newly -founded Century Orchestra Osaka, which, within a short time, established a reputation for excellence.  Mr. Szederkenyi performs regularly as soloist and has received praise both from the conductors and press worldwide.  His activities as performer and teacher have taken him to Australia, Japan, North America and Europe.  A CD featuring unaccompanied works and a violin-piano CD are scheduled for release in early 1998.
 From 1995 to 1999, Nandor Szederkenyi was on faculty at the School of Music, Brandon University, before returning to Osaka Century Orchestra.

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Graduate in 1978 at Tokyo University of Fine Arts and music. He became a concertmaster of Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra  while still at university just by its foundation. Occasionally he had played as a gest-concertmaster of Sinsei Nihon Symphony Orchestra also. Just after his Garduation of  Tokyo University of Fine Arts and music he became a concertmaster of Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1980 he was invited from Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra as a concertmaster. In 1992 he became a concertmaster of Century Orchestra Osaka. He studied Violin with Takeo Inoue, YOshio Unno,Sigeru Toyama.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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