Aichi Chamber Orchesra
ACO was established in 2002 by the members consist of young players who graduated from Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music. Currently it consists of devoted players mainly succeed in Tokai region of Honshu. For the concerts presented by themselves, they have held regular concerts and family concerts for parents and children every year from 2005. Have got high reputation for their well-prepared plays with music which are planned and directed by themselves. Furthermore, a lot of their concerts with workshops have gained popularity. Other than those above, they have done various kinds of concerts such as for schools, chamber ones for small ensemble, collaboration with choirs, opera, musical, and a variety of events.
In 2015, Yuri Nitta was inaugurated as a principal conductor. With her knowledge and experience, they have adopted Nordic classical music pieces to their regular concerts and have been making effort to pursue denser ensemble and to explore the sound of Nordic classical music.
On January 1st 2017, their recording of “Symphony no.3” by Gade, which was performed at the 14th regular concert / the inaugural concert of Yuri Nitta in February 2017, was broadcast by the NHK radio program “your whole new world of classical music”.
Was awarded the Art Encouragement Prize by Nagoya City. Some of their recordings such as “Symphony no.3/no.4” by Niels Gade have been on music distribution service by Naxos Music Library.
After graduating from Kunitachi College of Music, she got accepted to the Class of diploma of Tohogakuen College of Music. Learnt conducting from Kazuhiko Komatsu and later from Tadaaki Otaka, Seiji Ozawa, and Kazuyoshi Akiyama. In 1990, she was a finalist of Besancon International Young Conductor Competition and in 1991 she took the second prize in "Tokyo International Music Competition" (sponsored by Min-On). After her debut as a conductor with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, she has continued guest conducting of many Japanese professional orchestras. Conducting Operas is another significant part of her career. Conducted 5 greatest Mozart’s operas, also "Yuzuru" in Yokohama City Opera and Ota Kumin Opera Association, etc. She has been working with the wind orchestra as well- with Osaka municipal wind band, Siena Wind Orchestra, Tokyo Wind Orchestra and Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra.
From Oct. 2000, she attended a training at Lahti Symphony Orchestra for 1 year. Learnt from Osmo Vänskä, the music director at those days and was officiated as an assistant of his. Since then, she has been conducting Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Mikkeli City Orchestra, Joensuu City Orchestra, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Finnish Navy Band, Finnish Defence Forces Wind Brass as a guest conductor by being based on both Finland and Japan.
From 2005 to 2007, had guest performances at “Oulunsalo Soi Chamber Music Festival” and performed with Chamber Orchestra La Tempesta in Helsinki. In 2006 and 2013, was invited as a guest conductor to “Lieksa Brass Week”. In 2005, received the Ramstedt scholarship as a support from “Finnish Friendship and Culture Association in Japan”. In October 2018, South Denmark Philharmonic invited her as a guest conductor for the regular concert at the 150th memorial year of establishment of diplomatic relations.
In 2006 and 07, produced and conducted the forum “Finland, which a conductor has seen vol.1 &2” sponsored by Tokyo Shimbun. In 2008 and 10, appeared on a TV program “Masterpieces-Detective, Mr. Amadeus” as a commentator for the pieces “Finlandia” and “Symphony No.2” by Sibelius.
In January 2015, was inaugurated as a principal conductor of Aichi Chamber Orchestra.
Currently she is the Chairman of Japan Sibelius Society, a member of The Grieg Society of Japan, the Chairman of Komitas Music Society of Japan, a teacher of Kunitachi College of Music, Toho Gakuen College, Soai University and Doshisya Women's University.
Her writing work: “melodies of pohjola ”
Her official website “Poem of forest and lake”: http://www.yuri-muusikko.com/