Yuki Miyagi – conductor (Japan)

General information

Yuki Miyagi was born in Osaka in 1944. A Bachelor of Commerce graduate of Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, and a major in postgraduate marketing at Kingston College in England, he began studying conducting at the age of fifty under Kazuhiro Shirakawa, Kurt Redel and Ondrei Renaut.

In 2000, he made his debut in Europe conducting Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra.

The following year he had a successful concert with the same orchestra at Musikverein in Vienna. Since then he has been guest conducting every year for such orchestras as Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra, and Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, winning high evaluation each time. In Japan he had great successes with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at Suntory Hall, Japan tour of Münchiner Symphoniker and Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2007 he conducted Super World Orchestra in Tokyo, and the same year he conducted St. Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra during the White Night Festival, which the European audience appraised highly.

In 2008, he took part for the first time in Budapest Concert Orchestra’s regular concert, and in August he performed in ‘PROM IN PRAHA’ with Czech National Symphony Orchestra at Smetana Hall in Prague. In Japan he has performed with Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie and State Academic Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, and premiere performance of Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 at Hitotsubashi University Kanematsu Auditorium in December was said to be the ultimate ‘Pathetic Symphony’ by the orchestra members and audience with his passionate conducting. The word on the excellent performance spread across the world for him to be invited to the ‘Music Collection’ festival to conduct St. Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra in June 2009.

With Nurnberger Symphoniker, he led them to successful concert tours in Osaka and Tokyo after his stages with them in Germany in 2009. In the summer of 2010, he was invited back to the Sofia Music Weeks in Bulgaria where he successfully conducted Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra. In April 2012 he debuted in the U.K. conducted Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. Followed successful concert at Dvorak hall in Praha conducting Praha Symphony orchestra in June 2012. Yuki Miyagi is appointed as a jury on 20th international J. Brahms competition in Portschach Austria piano section 2013, 2014 and Cello section from 2015 till now. He is invited by Slovakia Sinfornietta in Zilina Slovakia in 2013, and it was very successful. And influenced by highly appreciated critic by Slovakia media, he is invited regularly as a principal guest conductor.

He conducted Beethoven 9th Symphony with Kunitachi Symphoniker in December 2014 and 2015. In October 2017 he conducted the special concert “Brahms Abend” to celebrate his 20 years conducting debut at Suntory hall.

He organized J. Brahms International Competition 25th anniversary special Gala concert at Musikverein Brahms Saal on March 31th 2019 with Slovakia Sinfonietta and 4 winners of the Competition. On June 9th 2019, concert at Tokyo Suntory hall inviting a winner of 2018 J. Brahms Competition with Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra was enormously successful.

In 2019 summer, he is invited to Cesky Krumlov Summer Music Festival to conduct Thuringen Philharmony in Germany with full audience standing ovation successfully and following concert at Salzburg Mozarteum to conduct Budapest Symphony Orchestra (MAV) Beethoven and Brahms.

Reviews on Yuki Miyagi’s conducting activities around the world are steadily heightening. Music generated from Yuki Miyagi’s highly spiritual philosophy on his life and his unique aesthetics is awakening fantastic inspirations to listeners of his music.