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Belgian National Orchestra Appoints New Concertmaster

Following a successful final evaluation, Japanese violinist Misako Akama will be appointed concertmaster from September 2022


Origianlly from Tokyo, Misako Akama began playing the violin at age 3. From 2011 to 2013 she studied at the TOHO University of Music in Tokyo under Seiji Kageyama and Gérard Poulet, before she went to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. At the latter institution, she completed her bachelor's, master's, and artist diploma.

Akama's competition experience is extensive. She was a prizewinner at the Yokohama International Music Competition, Japan Player Competition, Long Thibaud Crespin Competition, Henri Marteau International Violin Competition, and Tokyo Music Competition. In 2015, she won first prize at the Varna International Violin Competition.

Since its creation in 1936, the Belgian National Orchestra (NOB) has given performances of classic and contemporary symphonic music. At home at the Henry Le Bœuf Hall, the orchestra's upcoming concerts include performances by soloists Hilary Hahn, Camille Thomas, and Nemanja Radulović. For a full look at their calendar, click here.

upcoming events

september 2023

21sepAll Day03octKronberg Academy Festival(All Day) Kronberg Academy, Beethovenpl. 1, 61476 Kronberg im Taunus, GermanyEvent Type :OtherFOLLOW

26sepAll Day30Trondheim International Piano Trio Competition(All Day) Frimurerlogen i Trondhjem Selskapslokaler, Kongens gate 3, 7011 Trondheim, NorwayEvent Type :competitions Event TagsTrondheim International Chamber Music CompetitionFOLLOW

october 2023

16octAll Day27"Premio Paganini" International Violin Competition(All Day) Teatro Carlo Felice, Passo Eugenio Montale, 4, 16121 Genova GE, ItalyEvent Type :competitions Event Tags"Premio Paganini" International Violin Competition,violin competitionFOLLOW

20oct1:00 pm5:00 pmLillian & Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach Competition1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Stony Brook University, 100 Nicolls RdEvent Type :competitions Event TagsLillian & Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach CompetitionFOLLOW

23octAll Day29Concours de Genève International Music Competition — String Quartet(All Day) Victoria Hall, Rue du Général-Dufour 14, 1204 Genève, SwitzerlandEvent Type :competitions Event TagsConcours de Genève,string quartetFOLLOW

28octAll Day05novISANGYUN International Piano Competition(All Day) Tongyeon Concert Hall, 38, Keunbalgae 1-Gil Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, 53079 South KoreaEvent Type :competitions Event TagsIsangYun International Piano Competition,Piano CompetitionFOLLOW


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