Keiko Kobayashi Conductor
Keiko Kobayashi was born in Tokyo, Japan and graduated from University of Yamanashi, major in education (music). Then she finished a diploma course for conducting at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music and took the conducting seminar at Rohm Music Foundation in 2003.
She studied conducting with Seiji Ozawa, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Kenichiro Kobayashi, Yuji Yuasa, Tsunanobu Kawamoto, Hiroki Fujii and Douglas Bostock. She has been conducting many professional orchestras and wind ensembles including Oper Schloss Hallwyl in Switzerland, Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka and Tokyo Kosei wind orchestra among others. She is also performing as an active pianist/accompanist and appeared with many theaters, chorus ensembles. She is also directing many musicals at New National Theater in Tokyo. She was an assistant conductor for Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra from 2004 to 2006 and won the first prize at the international conductor master class at Mid Europe international wind music festival in 2007. She released both DVD and CD with Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra.
She took a major role for founding Colombo Wind Orchestra, the first wind ensemble band in Sri Lanka, and has been performing with them since 2012.
Other than performing, she is invited to Asia Symphonic Band Competition and All Japan Wind Band Competition as a juror and also called by many band associations as an instructor.
She got appointed as a music director for Tokyo Wind Symphony Orchestra in 2016 and now she is also acting as a principal conductor at Japan Wind Ensemble, Young Kawasaki Joyful Band. She is a faculty at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music and teaching Soai Orchestra.
She got an honor to receive Sri Lanka Consulate General Commendation in 2011 for her long term contribution for establishing musical activities in Sri Lanka. She got voted for “Top 100 Japanese-wining in Asia-” by Japanese magazine “AERA” in 2013. Her conducting text book “Score reading for Wind Band” (Yamaha Music Media) has been re-printed numerous times.
Keiko's Website(Japanese only)