Japanese violinist Seiji Okamoto was born in 1994 and learned to play the violin at the age of three. He initially studied at Tokyo University of the Arts with Kazuo Nakazawa, Gérard Poulet and Kazuki Sawa, and also gained instruction and inspiration from Pierre Amoyal and Herwig Zack during this time. Since 2017, he has lived and studied in Berlin, where he is currently training at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin with Antje Weithaas.
In 2014, Okamoto won first prize and the audience prize in the International Bach Competition in Leipzig, becoming the first Asian winner of the competition’s “Violin” category. He then went on to win second prize in the 2016 International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań.
As a soloist, Okamoto has performed with orchestras such as the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, NFM Filharmonia Wrocławska, Opole Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Łódź Philharmonic Orchestra, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa. He has also taken part in renowned music festivals, including the 2015 Bach Festival, La Folle Journée in Japan in 2015 and 2017, Musica Mundi Festival 2017 and the Wieniawski Festival.
Seiji Okamoto participated in the 2017 Violin Masterclasses at Kronberg Academy. He began his studies there with Antje Weithaas in October 2019. These studies are funded by the Gingko Foundation.
Last updated: June 2019