Gen Yokosaka, Violoncello

Gen Yokosaka, Violoncello

Gen-chan (little Gen) is the youngest member of the ensemble. But he is familiar with the music stages of the world.

Gen Yokosaka has performed with such conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Kenichiro Kobayashi and Kazuki Yamada with orchestras including Symphonieorchester des Bayerishen Rundfunks, the NHK Symphomy, Yomiuri Symphony, Japan Philharmonic and Tokyo Symphony. He has had both recitals and concerto performances broadcast on national TV (NHK and TV Asahi)

Born in 1986, Gen Yokosaka began to play the cello at the age 4 and studied with Katsuro Washio and later with Hakuro Mori at the Toho School of Music as well as taking further lessons with David Geringas and Jian Wang at the Ishikawa Music Academy. He finished his studies at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart with Jean-Guihen Queyras.

Gen quickly became known as the most promising cellist of his generation in his native Japan after being awarded the top prize in the string section of the All Japan Classical Music Competition at 12 years old. He went on to win numerous competitions including, at 15, the 2002 Viva Hall Cello Competition in 2002 of which he is the youngest ever winner. Among his awards at major international competitions are the second prize at the 2010 ARD Competition in Munich.

In 2005 Gen performed in La Folle journée au Japon and took part in Pierre Boulez’ Lucerne Festival Academy. In the same year he was presented the Idemitsu Music Award.

On CD he released CD of the “3 Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Cembalo” by J.S. Bach (WARNER 2016) and a Recital with works by Mendelssohn and Schumenn (EXTON 2020).

Gens LCP Highlights: Beethoven Septett, Offenbach Les Larmes de Jaqueline

Jacques Offenbach (1819 – 1880): Les larmes de Jacqueline – Élégie op. 76/2 für Violoncello solo und Ensemble von M. Ucki | Gen Yokosaka, Violoncello & Ludwig Chamber Players (life recording by SWR)

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