BIOGRAPHY

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So Matsukawa is a Japanese conductor born on August 23, 1992 in Tokyo.

He got 1st prize in the Brass Band Conductors’ Association’s (BBCA) conducting Competition2024 organized by Brass Band Conductors’ Association, sponsored by YAMAHA.
And he got 2nd prize in the CONSTANTIN SILVESTRI International Conducting Competition, 2nd Edition in Bucharest, Romania in June 2024, organized by the Silvestri Foundation and the Bucharest National Opera, and took place under the high patronage of the President of Romania and the Romanian Ministry of Culture.
And he got 3rd prize in the 7th Ionel Perlea International Conductor Competition in Romania in July 2023.

In September of the same year, he was selected as one of 17 out of 531 applicants and 111 participants in 1st International Ferenc Fricsay Conducting Competition in Hungary.
Also in December, he was selected as 7 semi-finalist out of 132 applicants in 3rd International Orchestra Conducting Competition “University of Almería” in Spain.
In the 2020 Yamada Sadao Music Foundation Conductor Audition in Japan, he received the Yamada Sadao Music Foundation Special Selection(1st prize) and Music Award and conducted Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra at the Laureate Concert.

In February 2024 he served as assistant to Music Director Robin Ticciati at the Berliner Philharmonie subscription concert of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and conducted off stage music of “Tristan and Isolde (Concert performance)”.
In November 2023, also, he served as assistant to him at DSO.
Additionally, in 2021-2022 he was a conductor trainee of Young Conductors Training Support Program at the Nippon Steel Foundation with the Kioi Hall Chamber Orchestra Tokyo, and assisted to Rainer Honeck, Piotr Anderszewski, and other conductors, all received high evaluations.

He studied piano and solfège at the Toho Gakuen School of Music for Children(JAPAN) from an early age, and tuba from the age of 12.
After studying architectural design at the University of Tsukuba(JAPAN) and its graduate school, he studied conducting at the Kyoto City University of Arts(JAPAN) with Nobutaka Masui and Tatsuya Shimono and graduated with top of the list.
Upon graduation, he received the Mayor of Kyoto Prize and the Kyoto Music Society Prize.
In 2023, received a diploma at #ProfessioneOrchestra(ITALY).

And he has also received special instruction from Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Tadaaki Otaka, Chi-yong Chung, Ken Takaseki, Oleg Caetani, Junichi Hirokami, Yutaka Sado, Ryusuke Numajiri, Mark Heron, and Salvatore Percacciolo.

Now live in Berlin.