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Yuya Okamoto

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Yuya Okamoto received his first cello lesson at the age of six. From 2010 to 2013 he attended the Music High school attached to the Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts and studied under Prof. N. Yamazaki. From 2013 to 2019 he studied under Prof. Wen-Sinn Yang and Prof. J. Steckel at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. After this period he has been studying chamber music under Prof. A. Chumachenko and  H. Schlichtig at the same University. Since 2013 he has been a scholarship holder of the Ezoe Memorial Recruit Foundation. 

In 2011 he won first prize at the 80th Japan Music Competition. Also, he was awarded an Honorable Mention at the Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition in Warsaw, 2015. He was awarded second prize (Eugène Ysaÿe prize) at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium 2017. 

As a soloist he has performed with a number of orchestras, including the Brussels Philharmonic, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, among others.

He has formed chamber music in concert with artists such as Vadim Repin, Arabella Steinbacher, Svetlin Roussev, Philippe Graffin, Nobuko Imai, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Kniazev, Michie Koyama and Robert Kulek.

In 2019 he played in a concert tour (Piano Quartet with Krystian Zimerman) in Italy and Japan. He has also given public performances in Switzerland and Monaco. 

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