Cellist Ole Akahoshi is a German-born musician who enjoys a worldwide concert career performing in North and South Americas, Asia, and Europe in recitals, chamber music concerts, and as soloist with orchestras such as the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Symphonisches Orchester Berlin. He has won numerous competitions, including Concertino Praga and Jugend Musiziert, and is a recipient of the Salon de Virtuosi fellowship award. Mr. Akahoshi has performed in Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Suntory Hall, Seoul Arts Center, National Center for Performing Arts Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei Concert Halls, Wigmore Hall, Wiener Musikverein, and Berliner Philharmonie. His performances have been featured on CNN, NPR, WQXR, Korean Broadcasting, and the major German stations. He has recorded for the Albany, New World, Calliope, Bridge, and Naxos labels. His most recent releases include the string quartet by Behzad Ranjbaran, and the Mendelssohn Octet with Gil Shaham.
Ole Akahoshi has collaborated with the Tokyo, Michelangelo, and Keller quartets and with Sarah Chang, Cho-Liang Lin, Elmar Oliveira, Gil Shaham, Lawrence Dutton, Nobuko Imai, Edgar Meyer, Leon Fleisher, Garrick Ohlsson, and Elizabeth Parisot, among many others. He has served as faculty at the festivals in Banff, Norfolk, Appalachian State University, Festival des Artes Brazil, and the GMMFS in Korea. He has been guest artist with the Seattle Chamber Music Society and Ensemble for the Romantic Century. He has given numerous classes, most recently at the Central Conservatory in Beijing and Sichuan Conservatory. Mr. Akahoshi has served as a judge for the Juilliard Concerto Competition and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Competition, among others.
At age eleven, Ole Akahoshi was the youngest student to be accepted by Pierre Fournier. He received a bachelor from Juilliard and a master degree from Yale, where he studied with Aldo Parisot, as well as an artist diploma from Indiana University under Janos Starker. Mr. Akahoshi has served as teaching assistant for both Aldo Parisot and Janos Starker. Ole Akahoshi is the principal cellist of the Sejong Soloists. In 1997 he joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music, where he is Assistant Professor of Cello.