For 31 years, Heiichiro Ohyama has been Music Director and Conductor of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra (USA), and for 10 years, Artistic Director of CHANEL Pygmalion Days Special Concert Series. From 2014, Artistic Director of “Music Dialogue”.
In 1974, he won First Prize at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York as a violist and was a participant of the Marlboro Chamber Music Festival in Vermont for several summers. Mr. Ohyama has also held the positions of Principal Conductor of the Round Top Music Festival in Texas, Music Director and Conductor of the Northwest Chamber Orchestra in Seattle, Music Director and Conductor of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra in New York. Mr. Ohyama was Principal Violist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 13 years. In 1987, Mr. Ohyama was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic by Andre Previn. Mr. Ohyama was Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival from 1991-1997 and Artistic Director of SummerFest in La Jolla from 1986-1997. He was a professor of music at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara for 30 years.
Mr. Ohyama was the Principal Chief Conductor of Kyushu Symphony Orchestra in Fukuoka, Japan from 1999-2004, the Osaka Symphony Orchestra from 2004-2008, and Music Director of Nagasaki Music Festival from 2007-2009.
In 2005, he received the ‘Fukuoka City Cultural Prize’ and in 2008, ‘Outstanding Performance Award’ from the Japanese Government. In 2014, he was recognize for his artistic contribution by the City of Santa Barbara, US.
Born in Kyoto, Mr. Ohyama studied at the Toho Gakuen Music High School and College, Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, England and Indiana University where he studied viola with William Primrose and violin with Josef Gingold and Ruggiero Ricci.
Heiichiro Ohyama last performed for La Jolla Music Society in SummerFest 2015.
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