Tomomi Nishimoto

Tomomi Nishimoto is the current Artistic Director/Principal Conductor of the IlluminArt Philharmonic Orchestra. She concurrently serves as the Music Partner with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director and the Principal Conductor of the Royal Chamber Orchestra, and the Visiting Professor at Osaka College of Music (Nishimoto’s Alma Mater) as of 2014. She also serves as the very first honorary ambassador of the city of Hirado in Nagasaki Prefecture and as the Osaka International Cultural Ambassador for the city of Osaka.

After graduating from the Osaka College of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Composition, she went abroad to study Opera and Symphony Conducting at the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia. She later becomes the first foreigner to serve as the Principal Guest Conductor for both the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia (Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra) and the St. Petersburg Mussorgsky State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. She continued to expand her European activities through successful performances with ensembles that include: British Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Hungarian State Opera House, the Prague State Opera, and the Odessa National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet. Nishimoto is making her presence known in the United States as well. She made her American debut by conducting the American Symphony Orchestra at the Carnegie Hall. From 2011 on, she is regularly invited to the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra in the United States. In Asia, she has performed in Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan, along with major orchestras within Japan. By 2014, her activities have expanded to South America as well.

Nishimoto has also been invited to perform at numerous music festivals, including Split Summer Festival, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Prague Proms, and Vilnius Music Festival.

Recently, Nishimoto has also been experimenting with new genre of music by taking in traditional aspects of Japanese cultures, such as Kabuki. She has already performed a collaboration of opera and traditional Japanese theatre with Madame Butterfly (at Kyoto Minzamiza) as well as the restoration performance of long lost Min'yō tunes. She plans to start a regular performance of these collaborations in November 2014 at the Orchard Hall. .

Aside from music, Nishimoto is active as a member of the Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum held in Davos annually. In 2012, she completed the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education Program in public leadership as a fully funded fellow.

In November 2013, Nishimoto lead the IlluminArt Philharmonic at the Vatican Music Festival. Following on this success, she has plans to unfold her activities in Brazil and in Southeast Asia in 2014.

In November 2013, Nishimoto lead the IlluminArt Philharmonic at the Vatican Music Festival with a restoration performance of the "oratio", the chant and prayers of the Kakure Kirishitan (secret Christians) in Japan back in 1630s. She was again invited to the Vatican in 2014, and was awarded with the 2014 Honor of Fondazione Pro Musica e Arte Sacra in Vatican, making Nishimoto the first person of Asian descent to be honored with the award.

Nishimoto continues to garner worldwide reputations through her global tours and activities.

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