Please see the article featuring the interview on "We Are Tomodachi Summer Edition", the Official PR Magazine of the Government of Japan.
*The article is on P.20-21
■The Government of Japan：
Conductor Nishimoto and harpist Ann Hobson Pilot
Bring Down the House
We were delighted by the comments we heard after this weekend's performances with Japanese conductor Tomomi Nishimoto and harpist Ann Hobson Pilot. From the preconcert film highlighting Ms. Pilot's trailblazing career to the harp concerto performed as only one of the greatist harpists of our time can, to the undeniable energy and passion of our orchestra during Scheherezade. And of course, there was also the inspirational visit by Tomomi Nishimoto to speak with the students at the Japanese School of Greenwich. It was an unforgettable week.
Below are just a few of the kind words we've received. If you were at the concert or school visit and have any feedback, we'd love to hear from you! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to everyone who joined us this weekend!
"Once again, my family and I were overwhelmed by the music and musicianship of the November 13 concert. We are now in our third subscription year, and this was one of the most impressive performances we have attended, by the orchestra, by the wonderful conductor, Ms. Nishimoto, and of course, Ms. Hobson Pilot."
"Of all the guest conductors we've ever seen over the years, today's concert was incredible. Tomomi Nishimoto was the most energetic and exciting conductor I've ever seen, ANYWHERE!"
"Magnificent concert!! Beautifully balanced, great conductor, great harpist, great orchestra!! They played their hearts out."
Nishimoto's visit to the Greenwich Japanese School was featured in November 14th issue of Greenwich Time.
Tomomi Nishimoto "What I keep in mind the most while conducting is to maintain who I am"
On May 12th, the Svetlanov State Symphony Orchestra (State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation) held a 170th birthday celebration of the famed Pyotr Tchaikovsky at the Tchaikovsky Hall. This was the final performance by the orchestra before its departure to the highly anticipated Japan tour. The concert program was centered around Tchaikovsky's master pieces, including Symphony No.5, three scores from Alexander Ostrovsky's opera Snow Maiden, and the Piano Concerto No.1. The solo of the concerto was performed by Vedrana Kovac of Croatia, who has garnered number of awards from international competitions.
While this concert held a cultural importance in the aspect of the historical context, there was one additional significance. On this historic evening, the principal conductor of the orchestra, Mark Gorenstein, stepped aside from the podium to give Tomomi Nishimoto the spot light. Nishimoto had been recently promoted as the Principal Guest Conductor of the orchestra. The explosive standing ovation at the conclusion of the Symphony No.5, and the masses of flower bouquets strewn across all over the stage seemed to be an eloquent indication of just how successful this Japanese woman's debut with the elite orchestra was.
Jounetsu no Keifu Website is a website for the television program that Tomomi Nishimoto made an appearance in.
The program shows the viewers how the prominent figures of today achieved their accomplishments. Behind every figure is an “aspiration”, “thoughts” and “passion” passed forth from those that came before them. By moving forth with what has been passed on, they continue to expand The Genealogy of Passion.
Jounetsu no Keifu Website
This website is for the radio program that aired once a month on TOKYO FM. The program was a prelude to "TOKYO FM 40th Anniversary Concert: Symphony No.9 Dream Concert in Nippon Budokan" by Tomomi Nishimoto and Beethoven's Symphony No.9.
This campaign was to enable the listeners to join the classical choir, simply by listening to the radio. This monthly program also invited wonderful guests to delightfully discuss about the classical music. On the latter half of the program, Tomomi Nishimoto personally gave tips on how to sing the Symphony No.9.
Tokyo FM Website
Tokyo FM Premium Classic Night Website
Kaigai Seikatsu Supli is a website dedicated to helping those who dream of living abroad, should it be studying abroad, working through working holiday, etc.
World renowned conductor, Tomomi Nishimoto, personally studied abroad for 2 years when she was 26 years old. This website lists interviews with Nishimoto discussing about her life from when she was a toddler up to now. During the interviews, she gives advices from her experience in Russia to those who are thinking of living abroad.
Tonari no Kosodate Website is a website for the television program that Tomomi Nishimoto made an appearance in.
Tomomi Nishimoto is now a world renowned conductor. This episode approached her mother who supported her growth from the moment of her birth. Even before Nishimoto understood what was happening, her mother insisted on bringing young Nishimoto to concert halls and theaters to expose her to live performances.
Nishimoto’s mother wanted her to not only hear the sounds, but to feel the environment of the venues and the passion of the performers. It is this exact sensation that leads Nishimoto’s approach to her own musical expression. Nishimoto’s mother also described the moments that lead up to Nishimoto’s decision to pursue conducting as her passion. It was when young Nishimoto was played two recordings of the same piece, each by a separate conductor. Young Nishimoto was able to feel the strong presence of the conductor in each, as well as the difference in how each recording sounded. This exact moment could be dubbed the root of today’s Nishimoto.
At the end, Nishimoto’s mother was prompted, “What does raising a child mean to you?” To this, she replied, “It means you must have fun with your child, together.”
Tonari no Kosodate Website
World renowned automobile maker, Suzuki’s, television commercial for a model named SX4, first introduced in July of 2006. This model is now driven in over 100 countries around the world. The features Tomomi Nishimoto, who, like the car, originates from Japan and travels all over the world.
On the webpage, Nishimoto explains how to enjoy classical music, even as a novice, and what kind of classical music to listen to while driving during each season.
SUZUKI Drive with Classic Website
Challenger: The Stairwell to No.1 Website is a website for the television program that Tomomi Nishimoto made an appearance in.
The program illustrates the path those who achieved a No.1 status in various subjects took, along with the hardship and challenges they had to endure and overcome. Behind every glory is a drama unimaginable to ordinary people.
The story illustrates when Nishimoto started her pursuit for a conducting career at an early age, the years she spent working tirelessly as an assistant in the opera theaters, and the time she spent abroad in Russia. Now an accomplished conductor active on stage all over the world, what Nishimoto kept telling herself all along was, “The stars shine even brighter when the darkness falls darker.”
Challenger: The Stairwell to No.1 Website
Quest: The Pioneers Website is a website for the television program that Tomomi Nishimoto made an appearance in.
The program focuses on incredible people affluent in talent. The program then gets to the nuts and bolt of their daily lives and careers.Tomomi Nishimoto, 39, is a female conductor. It was 1996 when she chose to study abroad at Russia’s Saint Petersburg State Conservatory. Why did she choose Russia over popular destinations like Paris and Vienna? It was there that Nishimoto knew to look to further her musical career.
Nishimoto’s life is fully dedicated to music. She travels to stages around the world on a daily basis. In contrast to the elegant stages she faces, as evident in TV commercials, her daily life is austere and sound. This is even apparent in the “ritual” she has performed even before she became notorious. This “ritual”, performed before every show, is meditation. By meditating, she is able to better communicate with composers who are no longer alive through the scores. This is what propels Nishimoto to a new dimension, not achievable only through hard work.
This year, Nishimoto will be facing a new challenge. That is to conduct Mahler’s Symphony No.2, Resurrection, which is notorious for featuring a part that extends over 2 hours. This challenge is an ultimate endurance test for any conductor.
Tomomi Nishimoto has a message to Mahler as a challenger. That is, “The resurrection of humanity from the 21st century global economic crisis!”
Quest: The Pioneers Website
Solomon Ryu Website is a website for the television program that Tomomi Nishimoto made an appearance in.
The program follows along the lives of today’s most talked about people. These are the people who have the utmost passions in variety of subjects and are today’s shining stars in it.
This episode followed a conductor who is active on and off the stage, Tomomi Nishimoto. Outside the concert halls, she makes appearance on TV and radio programs. She also appears in magazine interviews. The episode reveals how one of Japan’s closely watched figure works offstage, as well as how she spends her days off.
Nishimoto's conducting is commonly praised as “Conducting which none dares to blink”, “Brilliantly flawless conducting”, and “Conducting that transmits the composers’ messages clearly and simply”. But behind every radiant performance was stoic Nishimoto, who faced the score book emotionlessly up until the actual performance. This is because she believes that no matter what ones’ gender or nationality is, facing the music head on can better enable one to construct sublime expression. Nishimoto’s passion for the music and her posture in facing her music is quite admirable.
On the days she has off, Nishimoto can be seen furthering her relationships with people active in other fields. It is these personal and emotional connections that play part in enabling her rich and deep musical expression. Nishimoto’s lifestyle is completely immersed in music.
Solomon Ryu Website
Kagaijugyo – Yokoso Senpai (Tell Us About Your Life) Website is a website for the television program that Tomomi Nishimoto made an appearance in.
The program has individuals working actively in various fields, and has them visit their former schools to hold classes to teach them about what they do. The classes are usually two days long with no prior rehearsals. The curriculums of the classes are developed by the individuals using various methods to show the students what they have learned in their lifetime, the secret behind their success, and the interesting parts of their particular subjects. There are numerous moments where the students embrace the lesson in an unexpected fashion, sparking their interests and discovering further about the subjects than anticipated.
"And at last, we will now conduct the orchestra!"
The stage was Osaka College of Music’s Opera House, filled with 70 people strong orchestra. The theme of the performance was Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. The conductors were, of course, a group of 6th graders.
But the actual conducting turned out to be a little more challenging. They became nervous about climbing onto the podium. They could not stand in the middle of the podium. They could not hold onto their baton.
There was something Tomomi Nishimoto wanted the students to experience by facing the big stage. That was, the feel of being able to accomplish something by finding “the courage to make that first step” on top of that podium.
EconoWOMAN Website is a website for the television program that Tomomi Nishimoto made an appearance in.
The program has women working actively in various fields as guests and approaches both their professional and personal lives. Then, they focus on the hardship they endured as a woman and the accomplishments they were able to achieve.
"This episode revealed the life of one of Newsweek's "Top 100 Most Admired Japanese", Tomomi Nishimoto. A "female conductor" who studied abroad in Saint Petersburg State Conservatory and became active in conducting Russian and Austrian orchestras, Nishimoto endured much hardship along the way. The episode was split into two parts.