Daishin Kashimoto, photo: Daisuke Akita

IMG Artists is delighted to announce that it has signed violinist Daishin Kashimoto for General Management (ex-Japan). Praised for, “his clean, elegant tone and peerless accuracy” (The Observer), Daishin is currently First Concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker. He will be represented by Global Artist Management Consultant Bridget Canniere from the company’s London office.

Ms Canniere said:

“While I have always followed Daishin’s career, I was introduced to him more fully just a few weeks ago. From the moment I started watching some of the excellent footage of his solo concerto performances with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra I was immediately struck by the fact that he is able to deliver extraordinary, dynamic, risk-taking performances, but loses none of the technical security or musical integrity of the works. He is an artist of a calibre rarely found, and it was without any question that I asked Daishin if I might work with him. I am thrilled that he has accepted my proposal and look forward to beginning our working relationship.”

Daishin Kashimoto has earned acclaim as a soloist around the globe and has performed with renowned orchestras including the Boston Symphony, Orchestre Nationale de France, Bavarian and Frankfurt Radio Symphony orchestras, Dresden Staatskapelle, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Czech Philharmonic as well as the NHK Symphony.

He was appointed as the first concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2009 and has performed as a soloist with the orchestra under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle and Andris Nelsons. He is also currently a member of the Philharmonic Octet Berlin.

In addition to his extensive orchestral schedule, Daishin is an avid chamber musician and has performed with noted musicians such as Martha Argerich, Itamar Golan, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Gérard Caussée, Paul Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud, Eric Le Sage, and others. Since 2007, he has also served as Music Director of the Le Pont Chamber Music Festival held annually in Ako and Jimeji, Japan.

Daishin first studied music with Kumiko Etoh in Tokyo. In 1986 he became the youngest student to ever be accepted to attend the pre-college division of the Juilliard School of Music, studying with Naoko Tanaka. He continued his education with Zakhar Bron at the Lübeck Musikhochschule in Germany and later with Professor Rainer Kussmaul at the Freiburg Musikhochschule.

He is the First Prize winner of numerous prestigious competitions including the 6th Menuhin International Junior Violin Competition, International Competition for Violinists in Cologne, International Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition in Vienna and the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Competition for Piano and Violin.

An accomplished recording artist, his acclaimed recordings include the Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas with pianist Konstantin Lifschitz (Warner Classics) and Brahms’ Violin Concerto with Dresden Staatskapelle under Myung Whun Chung for Sony Classical.

Daishin lives in Berlin with his family. He plays on a violin made by Andrea Guarneri in 1674.