Conductor   Pianist   Advocate

"Inexhaustible dynamo..." 

“…emotionally charged, vastly experienced, and technically adroit…”


Rise Up!
Important Voices You Should Hear

New Virtual Series


Rei Hotoda hosts a series of insightful conversations with four powerhouse composers from the BIPOC community whose works have recently been performed by the Fresno Philharmonic and will be showcased as part of this special program.  


February 5, 2022 at 5:30pm PT John Wineglass:  Alone / Together

February 12, 2022 at 5:30pm PT Jasmine Barnes: Resistance 

February 19, 2022 at 5:30pm PT Kevin Day: (loco)motion 

February 26, 2022 at 5:30pm PT Adolphus Hailstork: An American Fanfare

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Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 8:00pm

Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 3pm

Louisville Orchestra (Louisville, KY)

Lara Downes, piano

Rei Hotoda, conductor

Program includes works by: Adolphus Hailstork, Paola Prestini, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Arturo Márquez

Sunday, September 25, 2022 at 3pm
Fresno Philharmonic (Fresno, CA)

Chee-Yun, violin
Rei Hotoda, conductor and Music Director
Works by: Juan Pablo Contreras, Lalo & Rachmaninov

Friday, October 14, 2022 at 7:30pm

Saturday, October 15 at 7:30pm

Illinois Symphony Orchestra (Springfield, IL)

Itamar Zorman, Violin

Rei Hotoda, conductor

Works by: Kendall, Shostakovich, R. Strauss, J. Strauss II

Sunday, January 22, 2023 at 3pm
Fresno Philharmonic (Fresno, CA)

Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello
Rei Hotoda, conductor

Works by: Siamak Aghaei and Colin Jacobsen, Saint-Saëns, Respighi & Stravinsky

Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 7:30pm
Fresno Philharmonic (Fresno, CA)

Awadagin Pratt, piano
Rei Hotoda, conductor

Works by: Montgomery & Mahler

Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 7:30pm

Fresno Philharmonic (Fresno, CA)

Special Guests Pink Martini

Rei Hotoda, conductor

Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 7:30pm

Louisiana Philharmonic (New Orleans, LA)

Rei Hotoda, conductor 

Works by: Zhou Long, Bacewicz & Rimsky-Korsakov

Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 7:30pm

Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 3:00pm

The Santa Barbara Symphony (Santa Barbara, CA)

Rei Hotoda, conductor

Works by: John Williams 

Sunday, March 26 at 3pm

Wichita Symphony (Wichita, KS)

Awadagin Pratt, piano

Rei Hotoda, conductor

Works by: Higdon, Montgomery & Elgar

Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 3pm
Fresno Philharmonic (Fresno, CA)

Julian Rhee, violin
Rei Hotoda, conductor
Works by: Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, Mendelssohn & Dvořák

Sunday, June 11, 2023 at 3pm
Fresno Philharmonic (Fresno, CA)

Karen Slack, soprano
Sarah Mesko, mezzo-soprano
Adam Diegel, tenor
Damien Geter, bass-baritone
Fresno Master Chorale
Rei Hotoda, conductor

Works by: Geter & Beethoven



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  Conductor Rei Hotoda has been hailed as an inexhaustible dynamo with a deep commitment to reimagining the 21st century concert experience. Her vision can be seen through her thought-provoking programming, passionate allyship to marginalized artists, advocacy for arts education, and an unwavering commitment to presenting the music of our times.


  Her success as the Music Director of the Fresno Philharmonic since 2017 has resulted in the extension of her tenure through the 2025 season. She has worked tirelessly to build first-time and unique connections with the Fresno community with an eye toward reaching different audiences with a new music concert series, Proxima, and special concerts at Bitwise South Stadium. She has reimagined the pre- and post-concert experience by creating the ever-popular Green Room and Stay Tuned series. Her programming continues to push through the preconceived notions of the classical 

concert going experience, offering audiences works by often marginalized composers and today’s leading voices in the field. Through her tireless efforts, she has successfully broken down the barriers that often exist between artist and listener and repositioned the Fresno Philharmonic as a leader in the community it serves.

  Rei 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, Winnipeg, Hawaii and Utah 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 premieres of Kevin Day and Dinuk Wijeratne as well as works by seminal composers such as Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, Jessie Montgomery and Hawaiian composer, Michael-Thomas Foumai to much acclaim.


Recent Press 




The Munro Review, November 11, 2021

Weekend Roundup: Hotoda and Bidini Skydive with Mozart

The Munro Review, September, 16, 2021

Concert Review: Fresno Philharmonic Goes Live, and it’s Much More Impressive than Memorex

The Munro Review, March 20, 2021

From France with Love: Fresno Philharmonic Gets a Little Absurd in New Digital Masterworks Concert

The Munro Review, January 16, 2021

Fresno Philharmonic Returns with a Top-Notch Virtual Concert

San Francisco Classical Voice, January 12, 2021

Fresno Philharmonic Enters the Video Concert Series Derby

Munro Review, January 22, 2020

Review: A Happy Birthday To Beethoven And A Double Delight From Hotoda

Munro Review, January 17, 2020

It’s Double Duty For Hotoda When She Conducts Fresno Philharmonic From The Piano

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’


ABC30, February 15, 2021

Fresno Philharmonic returns with free virtual concerts


WKVPR, January 25, 2021

Fresno Philharmonic Broadcasts Return for 2021

WKVR, January 17, 2020

Rei Hotoda Talks Beethoven And More With David Aus

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 



Rei speaks to many of today's leading composers in her ever-popular series Stay Tuned as part of the Fresno Philharmonic's digital offerings. Hear Rei get up close and personal with these artists as they discuss their life's work and creative process. Her guests include: Adolphus Hailstork, Jasmine Barnes, William Bolcom and Joan Tower. 

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Rei Hotoda, Music Director of the Fresno Philharmonic, interviews FPO musicians to get a behind the scenes look at the orchestra. Her interviews include a wide swath of musicians from the concertmaster to the principal players to whole sections.

Hear Rei speak 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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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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