Le Pont International Music Festival  Ako & Himeji 2017


Music Director (Violin)

Daishin Kashimoto

Daishin Kashimoto
Daishin Kashimoto was born in London in 1979.

He is the first prize winner of five of the world’s most prestigious international competitions, including the International Fritz Kreisler Competition and the Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition, both of which he won in 1996.

He has performed with numerous orchestras under the baton of such renowned conductors as Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa, and Mariss Jansons. He also regularly performs chamber music with many other soloists such as Gidon Kremer, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and Emmanuel Pahud.

His many awards include the Arion Award in 1995, the Idemitsu and Mobile Music Awards in 1997, the Fresh Artists Award of the Nippon Steel Music Awards in 1998, the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Art Encouragement Prize for New Artists in 1998, the Cultural Award from Hyogo Prefectural Government in 2011, and the Change Maker 2011 Creator Award. In Germany, he is the recipient of the Steigenberger and Davidov Awards.

He was appointed First Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmoniker in 2010. In the fall of 2013, he performed as a soloist at the Berliner Philharmoniker’s regular concerts in the orchestra’s hometown of Berlin and on its Asian tour, under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle.

For three years from 2010, Kashimoto performed and recorded all of the Beethoven violin sonatas together with pianist Konstantin Lifschitz. The complete CD box set was released worldwide on Warner Classics in 2014 and has received high acclaim.

He plays on a violin made by Andrew Guarneri in 1674.