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Ole Akahoshi

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Assistant Professor Adjunct of Cello Yale School of Music
Director, Yale Cellos Yale School of Music
Festival Artist Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Graduating Class: ’95CERT ’97MM
At YSM Since: 1997
Award(s): Ian Mininberg Distinguished Service Award (2019), Yale Alumni Association Certificate of Merit (2014), Salon de Virtuosi fellowship award, Concertino Praga International Radio Competition for Young Musicians winner, Jugend Musiziert winner

Ole Akahoshi

Cellist Ole Akahoshi regularly performs for audiences around the world, appearing in solo recitals and chamber music concerts, and as a soloist with orchestras. His performances have been broadcast internationally on television and radio. Akahoshi is currently the leader and concertmaster of the Sejong Soloists chamber orchestra, with violinist Xiao-Dong Wang, with whom he performs extensively in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

At the Yale School of Music, Akahoshi is the director of the Yale Cellos, a Grammy-nominated ensemble, and teaches chamber music and undergraduate cello lessons. He has been a featured performer on the School of Music's Faculty Artist Series and at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival–Yale Summer School of Music. Beyond his work at Yale, Akahoshi has served on the faculty at festivals in Brazil, Canada, South Korea, and the United States, and gives numerous master classes around the world.

Originally from Germany, at age eleven Akahoshi was the youngest cellist to be accepted as a student of French cellist Pierre Fournier. His other mentors were Georg Donderer and Wolfgang Boettcher in Germany. He later received a bachelor of music degree from the Juilliard School, a master of music degree from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Aldo Parisot, and an artist diploma from Indiana University under the tutelage of Janos Starker. He was a teaching assistant to both Aldo Parisot and Janos Starker.

Akahoshi performs on a Matteo Goffriller cello (Venice, c.1707), ex-Lorne Monroe, which is on loan to him from Mr. Higgin Kim, Chairman of Byucksan Engineering Co. Ltd. through the Stradivari Society of Chicago and Sejong Soloists.

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