Ko-Ichiro Yamamoto

Ko-Ichiro Yamamoto's Biography

Ko-Ichiro Yamamoto, one of the foremost Japanese trombonists of his generation, is the principal trombonist of the Seattle Symphony, a faculty member of the University of Washington School of Music, and a member of the Center City Brass Quintet. He formerly was a trombonist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City for ten seasons. In the summer of 2012, he was the acting principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic and co-principal trombonist of the All-Star Orchestra.

Born in Tokyo, he began studying trombone at the age of 12 with his father, Tatsuo Yamamoto, and Mr. Yoshiki Hakoyama. After studying at Tokyo College of Music Senior High School, he was accepted at the Franz Liszt Music Academy as a student of Gusztav Hoena and Sztan Tivador. While at the academy, he joined the Budapest Festival Orchestra as a trombonist. He studied with Joseph Alessi, principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic, at The Juilliard School from 1994-1996.

As an active soloist, recitalist, chamber music performer, and clinician, Mr. Yamamoto has performed with many groups, including the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Chamber Orchestra, and as a guest solo principal trombonist of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo. He is also an active recording artist and has performed on numerous TV and movie recordings in New York and Tokyo. In addition, he has been invited frequently to give recitals and master classes throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe.

Mr. Yamamoto has been a guest soloist with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Municipal Symphonic Band (OMSB), New Philharmonic Japan, U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own), Yamaha Wind Ensemble Japan, University of Washington Wind Ensemble, Eastern Music Festival, Taipei Symphonic Band, Symphonic Winds of Singapore, and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Yamamoto was a featured soloist of both the 2007 Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, DC and the 2008 International Trombone Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah. In the summer of 2012, he was the soloist at the International Trombone Festival in Paris, France. He was also the soloist and faculty member at the Italian Brass Week Festival in Rome.

As a clinician, he has given master classes at numerous colleges both in the United States and Asia. Mr. Yamamoto was a featured soloist and faculty member of the Asian Trombone Seminar in Taiwan in 2009, "Trombone Day in Kumano 2009", Curuso Internacional Semena Musical de Salseda in Spain in 2009, Eastern Music Festival in 2010, and Hamamatsu Music Academy and Festival in Japan in 2010.

He has won numerous awards, prizes, and scholarships in Japan and abroad, including first grand prize of the Japan Wind and Percussion Competition (1991), diploma prize at the Prague International Music Competition (1992), and fourth place in the International Trombone Association Competition in Australia (1998).

His discography includes Proof and Family Tree (Kosei Publishing), and Trombone Concerto and Ballade (Octavia Recordings).

Mr. Yamamoto has been a Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician since 2008.

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