Conductor   Pianist   Advocate

"Inexhaustible dynamo..." 

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


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Fresno Philharmonic

Digital MasterWorks I

Intersections of Past and Present 

Music of Hailstork, Bolcom and Haydn


May 14-16, 2021

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra

Louis DeMartino, clarinet

Rei Hotoda, conductor

Works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Foumai 

May 21-23, 2021

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra

Rei Hotoda, conductor 

Works by Li, Foumai, and Tchaikovsky 

March 20, 2021 at 5:30pm PST

Fresno Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall

Rei Hotoda, Music Director 

Vive la France

Works by Dukas, Boulanger, Montgomery, and Ibert 

April 9, 2021 at 8pm

Toledo Symphony Orchestra

Works by Atterberg, Warlock, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Diamond  


April 10, 2021 at 8pm

Toledo Symphony Orchestra

Works by Atterberg, Warlock, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Diamond

April 17, 2021 at 5:30pm

Fresno Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall

Rei Hotoda, Music director 

Bach to the Future 

Works by Gabrieli, Villa Lobos, Bach, and a World Premiere by Kevin Day

February 20, 2021

Fresno Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall

American Visions

Works by Tower, Barnes, Price and Copland

January 16, 2021 

Fresno Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall

Intersections of the Past and Present 

Works by Hailstork, Bolcom, and Haydn



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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    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 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. One of her many highlights of 2019/20 season, was conducting the Fresno Philharmonic, where she currently serves as Music Director, from the piano for the first time in Beethoven’s monumental Triple Concerto as part of the orchestra’s Beethoven@250 celebrations. 


Recent Press 



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 

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