MMCJ Co-Founder, Co-Artistic Director

  • Naoto Otomo

    Music Director of the Gunma Symphony Orchestra / Honorary Guest Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra / Conductor Laureate of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra / Music Director to the Ryukyu Symphony Orchestra

    Naoto Otomo graduated from the Toho Gakuen School of Music. He studied conducting under Seiji Ozawa, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Tadaaki Odaka and Morihiro Okabe. He went to Tanglewood and he worked with Andre Previn, Leonard Bernstein, and Igor Markevitch. He made his debut with the NHK Symphony Orchestra at the age of 22. Naoto Otomo's career also includes collaborations with numerous soloists. Following his opera debut in 1988, he has also been active in opera. Naoto Otomo is the recipient of the 8th Akeo Watanabe Music Foundation Award (2000) and the 7th Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Award (2008).

  • Alan Gilbert

    Principal Conductor of NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester (Sep.2019-)/Principal Guest Conductor of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra/ Conductor Laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra/ Former Music Director of New York Philharmonic

    Alan Gilbert was born and raised in New York City, studied at Harvard University, the Curtis Institute, and the Juilliard School. He started his career as a violinist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra from 1995 to 1997. He was the first native New Yorker to hold the post of Music Director of the New York Philharmonic (2009-2017).

MMCJ Artistic Director

  • Michael Gilbert

    Music Director of the Eroica Ensemble

    Michael Gilbert was born in Memphis and studied at the Juilliard School. He served as concertmaster of both the San Antonio Symphony and the Santa Fe Opera, then was appointed concertmaster of the American Symphony Orchestra in 1967 by Leopold Stokowski. In 1970 he joined the New York Philharmonic and he played with this orchestra for thirty seasons through the tenures of Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, and Kurt Masur. He has been a member of the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School.

MMCJ Music Director

  • Jennifer Gilbert

    Concertmaster of the Orchestre National de Lyon

    Jennifer Gilbert, a graduate of the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music and Harvard University, enjoys an international career as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. She participates in chamber music festivals around the world, including the Marlboro Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, where she has collaborated with artists such as Leon Fleisher, Emanuel Ax, Peter Serkin, etc. Ms. Gilbert has been guest concertmaster of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, etc.


  • Harvey de Souza (Violin)

    Co-Leader of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

    Harvey de Souza is a native of Bombay, India. He was awarded a scholarship to attend the Yehudi Menuhin School in England, where he studied with Mr. Menuhin. He subsequently studied at the Curtis Institute of Music. He has participated in numerous festivals including Salzburg, and Sienna. He was a member of the Vellinger String Quartet from 1993-1999, and since 1993 has been a member of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

  • Yoko Takebe Gilbert (Violin)

    Violinist Yoko Takebe has played as a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra in the season of 1978-79. From 1979 to 2014, played as a 1st Violinist of the New York Philharmonic. While attending the Toho School of Music, she was a pupil of Saburo Sumi and Hideo Saito. At age 16, Ms. Takebe won the Japanese National Music Competition. She graduated from the Juilliard School as a student of Ivan Galamian and continued her studies in Switzerland with Joseph Szigeti. Ms. Takebe is dedicated to training young, former on the faculty of The Manhattan School of Music and presently on the Faculty Juilliard School of Music.

  • Manabu Suzuki (Viola)

    Solo Principal of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra

    Manabu Suzuki graduated from Toho Gakuen School of Music majoring in violin and studied viola with Toshiya Eto in its graduate program. After receiving his graduate degree in viola, he went to Germany to study with Hirofumi Fukai at University of Music and Theatre Hamburg. In 1993 he joined Bruckner Orchestra Linz in Austria and served as the principal violist until 2004. He has been invited as a soloist and chamber player to Luzern Music Festival,etc. In chamber music, he collaborated with such artists as Mstislav Rostropovich, Rainer Kussmaul, Peter-Lukas Graf, and Karl Leister.

  • Marc Desmons (Viola)

    Graduated from the Conservatoire de Paris, Marc Desmons was awarded Third Prize of the Moscow International Competition Yuri Bashmet. He commenced intense activity in chamber music. He was invited to the famous Marlboro Festival and toured with Musicians from Marlboro. He has played with Donald Weilerstein (Cleveland Quartet), Hilary Hahn, Pierre Fouchenneret, Antoine Lederlin (Belcea Quartet), Liza Ferschtman. He recorded Britten’s Lachrymae with the Orchestre d’ Auvergne conducted by Armin Jordan. He is principal viola with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France and teaches at the Conservatoire de Paris.
    As a conductor, he works regularly with the new music Ensemble TM+. In 2014-15, he made his debut with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France for a broadcast recording on France Musique for the composer Stefano Bulfon, and conducted for the Manifeste-IRCAM 2015 Festival two premieres with electronics. In 2015-16, he conducts Ypokosmos, an oratorio by Alexandros Markeas, concerts with the Orchestre d’Auvergne and with the Ensemble Cénoman.

  • Eric Kim (Cello)

    Professor of cello, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music,

    Born of Korean parents in New York City, Kim grew up in Illinois. He made his solo debut at age 15 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He graduated from the Juilliard School, and upon graduation, Kim received the first William Schuman Prize.
    He served as principal cello of the Cincinnati Symphony from 1989 to 2009. He has collaborated as soloist with prominent conductors including Zubin Mehta, Alan Gilbert, Paavo Jarvi, and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. Active as a chamber musician, he has performed with such artists as Emmanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Yefim Bronfman, Lynn Harrell, Menahem Pressler, and Gil Shaham, as well as collaborating with members of the Emerson, Guarneri, and Orion string quartets. At the invitation of Pinchas Zukerman, he performed with Zukerman at the festivals around the world. He made chamber music debuts, performing both Brahms Sextets with Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman, among others. As a teacher, he has students in major orchestras throughout the world. He is a regular teacher and performer at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

  • Nicolas Hartmann (Cello)

    Solo cellist of the Orchestre National de Lyon

    First prize of the CNSM of Paris (A. Navarra, Ph. Müller cello, J. Hubeau chamber music), Nicolas Hartmann follows his musical studies with G. Fallot, P. Fournier and P. Pergamenschikow. Medalist in Maria Canals competition (Barcelona 1986). He played as solist with the following conductors : Paavo Jarvi, Franz Welser-Möst, Sylvain Cambreling, Emmanuel Krivine, Alexander Lazarev and David Robertson. In chamber-music repertoire, he played with Emmanuel Ax, Joseph Silberstein, Michel Dalberto, Leon Fleisher, Debussy quartett, Philippe Bernold and Eric Lesage. Since 2000 he is coaching the cello section of the Orchestre Français des Jeune.

  • Kajsa William-Olsson (Cello)

    Cellist of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic

    Swedish cellist Kajsa William-Olsson is heard frequently as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician around the world. She had been a member of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. In chamber music, she was a founding member of both the VITALIS and the Hanna String Quartets, which toured regularly in Europe and the U.S.A. She participated in the Aspen Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and Salt Bay Chamberfest. She performed as a soloist at the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic’ s prestigious annual Composer’ s Festival, and also with the Eroica Ensemble in Memphis. She made her solo debut in Asia with Tan Dun’s “Crouching Tiger Concerto” in Beijing.

  • Vicente Alberola (Clarinet)

    Principal of Mahler Chamber Orchestra / Principal of Les Dissonances
    / Music Director of Orchestra Vigo 430

    He studied at Conservatorio Superior de Valencia and Royal Conservatoire de Antwerpen. He was the principal of the Symphony Orchestra of Galicia (1991-2003). He has collaborated with the New York Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra etc., under the direction of Claudio Abbado, Alan Gilbert, Daniel Harding, etc. In chamber music he has performed with Hagen Quartet, Prazak Quartet, etc. He has been professor at the Youth Orchestra of Spain, the Youth Orchestra Simon Bolivar of Venezuela and Artistic Director of the Youth Orchestra of Galicia. He has also directed operas at the Teatro Real in Madrid.