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The violinist Daishin Kashimoto, who was born in London in 1979, comes from a Japanese family. When his parents gave him four different toy instruments at the age of three, he opted to start learning the violin. He began studying at the pre-college of the Juilliard School in New York when he was only seven, and in 1990 he transferred to the Lübeck Music Academy to study with Zakhar Bron; from 1999 to 2004 he completed the course of study in violin led by Rainer Kussmaul at the Freiburg Academy of Music. Kashimoto has won numerous competitions, including the Menuhin Junior International Competition in 1993, the International Violin Competition in Cologne in 1994, and the Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna and the Concours Long-Thibaud in Paris in 1996. Kashimoto has worked with many internationally renowned orchestras since then, such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Czech Philharmonic, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. Since 2009 he has been a member of the Berlin Philharmonic, serving as first concertmaster. As a chamber musician Kashimoto concertizes with the pianists Martha Argerich, Yefim Bronfman, Itamar Golan, and Eric LeSage; the violists Yuri Bashmet and Antoine Tamestit; the cellists Mischa Maisky, Boris Pergamenschikow, and Jian Wang; the flutist Emmanuel Pahud; and the clarinetist Paul Meyer. His discography includes recordings of such works as the Brahms Concerto with the Dresden Staatskapelle under Myung-Whun Chung and Beethoven’s violin sonatas with Konstantin Lifschitz. Since 2007 he has been Artistic Director of the Le Pont Music Festival, which takes place in Ako and Himeji in Japan.
Daishin Kashimoto has performed at LUCERNE FESTIVAL every summer since 2010 as a member of the Berlin Philharmonic.