Masahiko ENKOJI

Masahiko ENKOJI

Resident Conductor

Photo: Koichi Miura

Masahiko ENKOJI was born in Tokyo in 1954. At Toho Gakuen University, he studied conducting under Hideo Saito, and piano under Aiko IGUCHI.


In 1980, he studied abroad at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, under Otmar SUITNER.


Following his return to Japan in September of 1981, he received an appointment as Assistant Conductor with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. From 1986, he began conducting exclusively for the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, becoming their Conductor in 1989, a post he would hold until March of 1991.


From 1989 to April 1999, he was Principal Conductor of the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, where, for two successive years, he achieved great success with the Special Concerts at Suntory Hall in Tokyo; these concerts were recorded on CD and are now on sale.


From May 1998 to April 2000, he was the Resident Conductor of the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra.


Also appearing abroad as Guest Conductor with such internationally recognized Japanese orchestras as the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, etc., he has steadily expanded his sphere of activity.


In February of 1992, he guest conducted the Prague Symphony Orchestra at Smetana Hall, winning great critical acclaim. In April of 1995, as the result of an invitation from Dimitri KITAJENKO, he appeared as Guest Conductor with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, impressing many with his deep artistic emotion.


Today, as a conductor of international caliber, he represents a great talent on whom the greatest hopes are being entertained.