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    Rei Hotoda, currently serving as the Music Director of the Fresno Philharmonic, is widely considered one of America’s most sought after and dynamic artists. She has appeared as a guest conductor with many of today’s leading ensembles, including the Symphony Orchestras of Baltimore, Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas, Toronto, Utah, Fort Worth, Winnipeg, and Colorado as well as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, among others. She is a tireless advocate for the music of our time, and is equally at home leading the orchestra from the piano as well as from the podium.

   Community engagement and inspiring the next generation of musicians coupled with a deep commitment to showcasing artistic diversity and collaborating with a wide array of artists defines Rei’s artistic philosophy. Her 2018-19 masterworks concert season in Fresno will focus on the power of music with a deep connection to storytelling and community engagement. Works by John Corigliano, Missy Mazzoli,

Zhao Jiping, Aaron Jay Kernis, Benjamin Boone (local Fresno composer), and a world premiere of a new work by Dinuk Witjeratne co-commissioned by the Fresno Philharmonic outline the season.

   With repertoire spanning Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 to Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8 and from Toyama’s Rhapsody for Orchestra to Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto, Rei will make several exciting debuts this season when she appears as guest conductor with the Symphony Orchestras of Spokane, Portland, Detroit, Hilton Head, and Hawaii and a welcome return to Dallas.


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 



Munro Review, November 14, 2019:
John Hagstrom And His Trumpet Dazzle At Fresno Philharmonic Concert

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


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 



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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Sound Bites 

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. 

Rei in Writing
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In 2019, the Association of California Orchestras (ACSO) launched a new blog series that would spotlight people from different communities throughout California and the western region. The blog would provide featured guest artists a platform to encourage readers to be advocates for the art form. Rei’s blog kicked off this special series. Click here to read more.

For More Information

Artist Management 

Hugh Kaylor

Kaylor Management

 212 977 6779

Press Contact

Raechel Alexander

RA Complete Communications