日本籍小提琴家樫本大進於 1979 年出生於倫敦，當他三歲的時候，父母親給他一堆玩具樂器選擇，有鋼琴、豎笛、長笛等等……，樫本最喜歡的是小提琴，因為這樣他手上就可以同時有兩個「不一樣」的樂器：小提琴與弓。因此樫本三歲在東京開始學習小提琴；七歲移居紐約，以最年輕學生的身份進入茱莉亞音樂學院的預備學校就讀，師從小提琴教母迪蕾（Dorothy Delay）門下，並獲得愛德華・約翰・諾貝爾基金獎學金。之後樫本大進移居德國，分別於呂北克音樂學院跟隨布朗（Zakhar Bron）學琴，以及於弗萊堡國立音樂學院跟隨前柏林愛樂管弦樂團首席庫斯摩爾（Rainer Kussmaul）學習。樫本大進是許多國際小提琴大賽的冠軍：1993 年他獲得第六屆曼紐因國際青少年小提琴大賽首獎，1994 年獲得科隆國際小提琴比賽首獎，1996 年獲得克萊斯勒國際小提琴比賽首獎，同年並奪得隆．提博大賽有史以來最年輕的冠軍得主。
樫本大進曾經與世界許多知名樂團合作，包括俄羅斯國家樂團、柏林愛樂管弦樂團、NHK 交響樂團、波士頓交響樂團及巴伐利亞廣播交響樂團等等。樫本大進早在 1988 年即舉行獨奏首演，並在同一年以獨奏家身份與紐約交響合奏團亮相。自此，他在美國各大城市、亞洲和歐洲多國演奏，與多個知名樂團合作，包括俄羅斯國家交響樂團、聖彼得堡愛樂、科隆廣播交響樂團、法蘭克福、莫斯科、法國國家樂團、瑞士羅曼德管弦樂團、捷克愛樂、班貝格交響樂團、維也納愛樂管弦樂團等。曾合作的指揮包括楊頌斯、畢契可夫（Semyon Bychkov）、普拉頌、費多謝夫（Vladimir Fedosseyev）、沃爾夫（Hugh Wolff）、史維塔諾夫、曼紐因、雅諾夫斯基、霍利格、小澤征爾、馬捷爾、席夫（Heinrich Schiff）、杜特華、鄭明勳和泰米卡諾夫。作為一個優秀的室內樂演奏家，他經常與貝許米特、鄭明勳、戈朗、庫斯摩爾、布朗夫曼、明茲、王健、麥斯基等出色的音樂家合奏。
樫本大進於 Sony Classical 發行了一張奏鳴曲專輯，並與鄭明勳以及德勒斯登國立歌劇院管弦樂團發行了一張布拉姆斯協奏曲的專輯。2009 年起，樫本大進成為柏林愛樂管弦樂團的第一小提琴首席。
“At my first concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker I was terribly nervous, but as soon as the music started and the musicians became a unit, my nervousness disappeared and gave way to the sensation of being part of something special. Making music at the highest level like this simply gives me satisfaction and a certain feeling of being emotionally complete. It is a huge honour for me to be a part of this outstanding orchestra. I see my job as concertmaster as one of coordinating and conveying the communication within the orchestra and, especially, between the conductor/soloist and the orchestra.”
When he was three years old, his parents gave him an array of toy instruments: piano, clarinet, flute etc. But the one Daishin Kashimoto liked best was the violin, because it gave him two different “toys” – violin and bow – to use at the same time. And so it also became “his” instrument, on which he had his first lessons from Kumiko Etoh in Tokyo. In 1986 he went to the Juilliard School of Music in New York as a young student in the Pre-College Division; in 1990 – first in the preparatory school, then as a full student – he moved to the Lübeck Musikhochschule. From 1999 to 2004 he was a pupil of Rainer Kussmaul at the Freiburg Musikhochschule.
Daishin Kashimoto, who grew up in Japan, Germany and the USA, has already appeared as a soloist with many international orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, the Orchestre Nationale de France, the Bavarian and Frankfurt Radio Symphony orchestras, the Dresden Staatskapelle and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. When his musical activities allow him time, the violinist enjoys cooking. He is also a great sports fan, especially of baseball.
Daishin Kashimoto has appeared with several of the world’s great orchestras such as the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra (Mikhail Pletnev), the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, Sinfonieorchester des Bayrischen Rundfunk, the Tokyo Philharmonic with Daniel Harding, the Berliner Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester with Marek Janowski …. He recorded the Brahms concerto with the Staatskapelle Dresden and Myung-Whun Chung for Sony Classical in 2007.
A Japanese national born in London in 1979, Daishin Kashimoto began studying violin in Tokyo at the age of three. He moved to New York and was accepted at the age of 7 by the pre-college division of The Juilliard School as its youngest student and received the Edward John Noble Foundation Scholarship. He then moved to Lübeck, Germany to study with Prof. Zakhar Bron. at the Luebeck Musikhochschule. He continued his studies with Prof. Rainer Kussmaul, former concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany, from which he graduated in 2005.
Daishin gave his first recital in 1988, and in the same year he made his first appearance as a soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble in New York. Since then, he has given recitals and solo appearances in major cities of USA, the Far East and in many European countries. He has performed with many internationally renowned orchestras, including the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Radio Symphony Orchestras of Cologne, Frankfurt and Moscow, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Czech Philharmonic, Bamberger Symphoniker, Vienna and Berlin Symphony Orchestras, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony, under the baton of such great conductors as Mariss Jansons, Semyon Bychkov, Michel Plasson, Vladimir Fedosseyev, Hugh Wolff, Evgeny Svetlanov, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Marek Janowski, Heinz Holliger, Seiji Ozawa, Lorin Maazel, Heinrich Schiff, Charles Dutoit, Jiri Kout, Myung-Whun Chung, Yury Temirkanov.
Since 2009, he is 1st concertmaster of The Berliner Philharmoniker.
Being an outstanding and passionate performer of chamber music, Daishin is regulalry performing with such artists as Yury Bashmet, Konstantin Lifshitz, Myung-Whun Chung, Itamar Golan, Claudio Bohórquez, Yefim Bronfman, Shlomo Mintz, Tabea Zimmermann, Paul Meyer, Antoine Tamestit, Jian Wang, Eric Le Sage, Misha Maisky, Jing Zhao, and many others.
Daishin is the first prize winner of such renowned competitions as the 6th Menuhin International Junior Violin Competition in England in 1993, the International Competition for Violinists Cologne 1994, and, in 1996, as the youngest winner in history of both the International Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition in Vienna and the Marguerite Long – Jacques Thibaud International Competition for Piano and Violin in Paris. In 1994, Daishin was awarded the Steigenberger Prize and the Davidoff Prize, as well as the Brahms Prize in 1999 in Germany.
In 1999 Daishin Kashimoto signed a worldwide recording contract with Sony Classical and has released sonata CDs with Itamar Golan and the Brahms concerto CD with the Dresdner Staatskapelle and Myung-Whun Chung.
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