The 11th Competition


Takeshi OOI

Takeshi Ooi studied conducting at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and its graduate school under Yoko Matsuo. In addition, he studied with the late Hiroshi Wakasugi, the late Hiroyuki Iwaki, James Levine, Kurt Masur, Gianluigi Gelmetti, and Isaac Karabtchevsky.

Ooi was the assistant conductor of the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra from 2000 to 2001. He further studied conducting at the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in Prague from 2007 to 2009 and he currently serves as chief conductor of the New Philharmony Orchestra Chiba, as well as permanent conductor of the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra and the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra. He has conducted several orchestras throughout Japan, including the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, the Gunma Symphony Orchestra, the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, and the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, receiving high accolades for each engagement.

Ooi actively performs in a wide range of genres, such as contemporary works by aspiring composers, wind-instrument music, opera, and ballet. In 2008, he won second prize at the “Antonio Pedrotti” International Conducting Competition.