Masanori Taniguchi - cello, conductor
Masanori Taniguchi is an accomplished cellist, music educator, and entrepreneur. Taniguchi received his Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science (MS) in Chronobiology from Kyoto University, and also holds Master of Music (MM) and Graduate Performance Diploma (GPD) in Cello Performance from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
Taniguchi began to play the piano at age 4 and started to play the cello at age 18 when he joined Kyoto University Symphony Orchestra. After various musical experiences including orchestra conducting, Taniguchi decided to pursue music as a career when he was 23 years old. Taniguchi has appeared in many renowned orchestras such as Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, and he has also joined many concert tours such as a national concert tour produced by Joe Hisaishi in 2003.
Following a kind advise of Yo-Yo Ma, one of the most prominent cellists of our time and with whom Taniguchi has long-lasting friendship, he started his cello study at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2004. During the course of his study, Taniguchi has made numerous performances in New England especially as an active chamber musician and received many honors at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. One of his chamber groups, Three Colors Trio, won the first prize from the CMFoNE International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition, and performed in the First Prize Winners Concert at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2005. Taniguchi was also awarded the second prize from the same competition in 2008 as a member of Parnassos String Quartet, the Honors Quartet of The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. As a performing musician, Taniguchi co-founded Boston String Quartet, an active contemporary classical ensemble, and co-directed many projects including the release of 4 albums and an US national tour called “Xibus” in 2008. Taniguchi was also a member of Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and Atlantic Symphony Orchestra in 2007-2009. As an educator, Taniguchi was a cello faculty of Vuk School of Groove in Cambridge, MA in 2007-2009. In 2008, Taniguchi also co-founded Youth & Muse, an international music educational program for youth at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and served as the music director of the same program at Chichibu International Music Festival in Japan in 2011-2015.
Taniguchi now resides in Tokyo where he pursues a number of activities. As a performing musician, Taniguchi co-founded and is a member and the artistic manager of SteinArt, a classical chamber music group that has toured Japan for the last 7 years. On the other hand, Taniguchi has established collaborations with several artists including those in the figure arts, modern dancing, Japanese dancing, Ikebana (Japanese traditional flower arrangement), and Noh (Japanese traditional arts). Since 2015, Taniguchi has worked to introduce live music to local schools in Japan through his participation in an operetta tour organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan. As an educator, Taniguchi co-founded Reinheit Kammermusik Academie in 2017, a chamber music academy in Tokyo, and he has regularly been invited to teach at Korea Philharmonic Research Institute. Taniguchi also serves as the orchestra trainer of Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta and Kamakura Sinfonietta. Most recently, Taniguchi took a position as the Project Coordinator of “Arts Meet Science” at Tokyo University of the Arts under the leadership of President Kazuki Sawa. Taniguchi was awarded Wakayama Prefecture Culture Award (Shoureishou) in 2018.
Taniguchi has studied with Hiroshi Kondo, Tomoya Kikuchi, Andrew Mark, Timothy Eddy, and Natasha Brofsky. Taniguchi’s chamber music coaches include Roger Tapping, Bruce Hangen, Rhonda Rider, Patricia McCarty, Rictor Noren, Jonathan Cohler, Max Levinson, and Jonathan Bass. Taniguchi plays on a 1753 Nicolo Gagliano cello.