Joji Hattori has enjoyed a wide-ranging career as a musician. His activity as a concert violinist developed into the direction of chamber orchestras and then conducting symphony orchestras and opera.
Since 2004, Joji Hattori has worked regularly with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, of which he is the Associate Guest Conductor. He was the principal conductor in the Erfurt Theatre from 2007 to 2008. In the summer of 2009, he took over the artistic direction of the Kittsee Summer Festival. He made his debut in the Vienna State Opera with three performances of The Magic Flute.
Joji Hattori is also the artistic director of the Tokyo Ensemble, a project-oriented Japanese chamber orchestra, which he founded in 2001.
As guest conductor, Joji Hattori has led numerous major orchestras, such as the Philharmonia Orchestra London, the Vienna Symphony, the Slovakian Philharmonic and the Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra, Japan and has worked with renowned soloists like Maria João Pires, Elisabeth Leonskaja and Sarah Chang.
Joji Hattori began violin lessons at the age of five, which later led to studies at the Vienna Music Academy with Rainer Küchl. He pursued further studies with Yehudi Menuhin and Vladimir Spivakov. He won the International Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition in England in 1989.
In 2002, after a decade as a violin soloist, he took part in the 1st Maazel-Vilar Conducting Competition, where he was awarded a major prize and gained Maestro Lorin Maazel as a supporter.
His opera debut in 2004 at the Wiener Kammeroper with Mozart’s La Finta Giardiera won unanimous acclaim from the Viennese press and his Japanese premiere of Leoncavallo’s Zaza at the New National Theatre in Tokyo led to a return invitation - the opening of Japan’s first opera house in 2006, with a Mozart Year production of The Magic Flute.
Joji Hattori is the president and Member of the Jury of the International Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition and holds a guest professorship at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he was named an honorary member in 2003. He has also pursued studies in sociology at Oxford University (St. Antony’s College).
Foto © Dimo Dimov
Foto © Dimo Dimov
Joji Hattori mit dem WKO im Salle Gaveau Paris
Foto © Christian Buchmann