Junichi Hirokami

Born in Tokyo. Studied in the Conducting Department at the Tokyo College of Music. Won the first Kondrashin International Conducting Competition in Amsterdam in September 1984 at age 26.

Following upon this success, he went on to conduct the National French Orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Between 1991 and 1995 he led the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra, the Limburg Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and in 1994 he brought the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra to Japan. From 1991 to 2000, he was Chief Conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, during which time the group toured Europe in 1996, as well as delivering many fresh and magnificent performances of pieces such as Richard Strauss' Ein Heldenblen and the symphonies of Haydn.

In recent years, he has been a guest conduc...