©2019 By Rei Hotoda, Conductor

REI HOTODA

Conductor   Pianist   Advocate

About

    Hailed by the Spokesman-Review as being an “inexhaustible dynamo,” Rei Hotoda, now in her third season as Music Director of the Fresno Philharmonic, has appeared as a guest conductor with many of today’s leading ensembles, including the Symphony Orchestras of Baltimore, Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas, Detroit, Toronto, Utah, Hawaii, Winnipeg, and Spokane as well as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, among others. Her interpretations of such epic centerpieces of the classical canon such as Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8 and Britten’s War Requiem, make her one of the most sought-after conductors of today. She is a tireless advocate for the music of our time, and most recently conducted the world premiere of Dinuk Wijeratne’s Between Figure and Ground to much acclaim.

   Rei will make several exciting debuts in the 2019/20 season when she appears as guest conductor with the Symphony Orchestras of Louisville, Omaha, and Orlando as well as the National Arts Center in Canada, and 

makes a welcome return to the Hawaii Symphony. Highlights include conducting several symphonies by Beethoven (Nos. 2, 5 and 8)—part of the global celebrations of the composer’s 250th anniversary year—as well George Walker’s Lyric for Strings, Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 and Missy Mazzoli’s River Rouge Transfiguration.

  Rei is equally at home leading the orchestra from the piano as well as from the podium. As an accomplished pianist, she has appeared as soloist conducting from the piano with the Dallas, Edmonton, Utah, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras, performing works by Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart. In the 2019/20 season, she will conduct the Fresno Philharmonic, where she currently serves as Music Director, from the piano for the first time when she performs Beethoven’s monumental Triple Concerto as part of the orchestra’s Beethoven@250 celebrations.

   

 

2019/20 Season Highlights

Sunday, September 22, 2019 3:00 p.m.

Fresno Philharmonic (Fresno, CA)
William Saroyan Theatre
Cecile Licad, piano

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

Orlando Philharmonic (Orlando, FL)

Bob Carr Theater

Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, violin

 

Sunday, November 10, 2019 3:00 p.m.

Fresno Philharmonic (Fresno, CA)
William Saroyan Theatre
John Hagstrom, trumpet

Sunday, January 19, 2020 3:00 p.m.

Fresno Philharmonic (Fresno, CA)
William Saroyan Theatre
Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, violin
Julie Albers, cello

Rei Hotoda, conductor and piano

Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (Honolulu, HI)

Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall

Chee-Yun, violin 

Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (Honolulu, HI)

Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall

Chee-Yun, violin

Friday, April 10, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

Louisville Orchestra (Louisville, KY)

Kentucky Center

 

Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.

Louisville Orchestra (Louisville, KY)

Kentucky Center

Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

Omaha Symphony (Omaha, NE)

Joslyn Art Museum

James Compton, bassoon

Nicholas Nelson, bassoon

 
 

Recent Press 

 

Reviews/Interviews 

The Spokesman-Review, March 11, 2019

Concert review: Conductor Rei Hotoda rises to demanding program

The Spokesman-Review, March 6, 2019

Music director finalist Rei Hotoda leads Spokane Symphony in works by Korngold, Shostakovich

Inlander, March 2019

Meet Rei Hotoda, one of the Spokane Symphony candidates for next music director

The Munroe Review, January 25, 2019

Review: Pipa Steals the Show During Fresno Philharmonic’s Ride Down a ‘Silk Road’

Munro Review, November 14, 2018

A Veterans Day and Powerful 'War Requiem' I'll Never Forget 

Munro Review, October 22, 2018

A Walk on the Wild (an Inspiring) Side with the Fresno Philharmonic 

Munro Review, October 19, 2018

As First Masterworks Concert Approaches, a 'Promenade' with Rei Hotoda

Fresno Bee, August 22, 2018

As Women’s Equality Day arrives, Fresno Philharmonic’s conductor is honored

 

Classical Voice of North Carolina, October 21, 2017:
Rei Hotoda and Sandeep Das Triumph in Asheville Symphony's Journeys Concert

TV/Radio 

Munro Review on CMAC, October 29, 2018:  

The Munro Review, Episode 14 features interview with Rei Hotoda, Music Director of the Fresno Philharmonic 

Valley Public Radio, February 23, 2018: 
Fresno Philharmonic Interviews: Rei Hotoda & Jennifer Koh

 

Valley Public Radio, October 10, 2017:
Interview: Fresno Philharmonic's Rei Hotoda Ready For First Performance

 

KSEE TV 24, March 15, 2017 
Meet Rei Hotoda 

Press Releases 

6/21/19:     Fresno Philharmonic and Music Director Rei Hotoda Announce 2019/20 Season Overview

10/30/18:   Fresno Philharmonic and Music Director Rei Hotoda Present Britten's War Requiem, November 11, 2018 

10/3/18:     Fresno Philharmonic Announces Complete Programing and Special Projects for 2018-19 Season 

 

6/6/17:       Rei Hotoda Appointed Music Director of the Fresno Philharmonic 

 
 
 

Insights

As artists we must not only do what we can to build our audiences, but strive to reach people beyond the score through education, connecting with our communities and recognizing our supporters to ensure that through these important partnerships, we grow as artists and strive to make the greatest impact possible on our world around us.” – Rei Hotoda

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Hear Rei talk about Britten's monumentally powerful War Requiem, from a historical, musical and personal perspective.  Rei will be conducting the Fresno Philharmonic on November 11, 2018, exactly 100 years to the day that the Armistice to end World War I was signed. 

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Hugh Kaylor

Kaylor Management

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hugh@kaylormanagement.com

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Raechel Alexander

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