Nobuyoshi Yasuda, conductor
University Symphony Orchestra
A native of Takarazuka, Japan, Nobuyoshi Yasuda's musical studies began on the violin at the age of three. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Soai University in Japan and a Master of Music degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. Mr. Yasuda has been an active violin soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Japan. His interest in conducting was sparked by his desire to find new ways to share his passion for music with people.
Mr. Yasuda was appointed as Orchestra Director at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1991, Music Director of the Chippewa Valley Symphony in 1993, and Associate Conductor of the Grand Teton Music Festival in 1999. His performance of Milhaud's Création du monde at the festival was broadcast on National Public Radio, Performance Today in July 2001. He guest conducted the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. With the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, he has participated in the educational outreach project, " Arts across Minnesota " granted by the Minnesota State Arts Board, to have residency in a high school; he led 'side by side rehearsal' and gave a concert. Mr. Yasuda made his international conducting debut in Germany with Das Philharmonie Orchester des NDR-Hannover in May, 2003. And in March 2004, he made his Japanese debut with the Osaka Philharmonic.
Tulio Rondón, conductor
University Chamber Orchestra
Tulio Rondón was born in Venezuela. He obtained his Bachelor's Degree at the Simón Bolivar Conservatory, where at the age of seventeen he was appointed cello teacher. As one of the founding members of the Aragua Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela, Tulio served as a principal cellist for six years.
In 1997 Tulio was invited to join the Cuarteto de Cuerdas América, and was chamber music assistant at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio (USA). In May 1999 Tulio Rondón received his Master's Degree in cello performance from Miami University. Tulio Rondón then moved to Tucson, Arizona, and completed a Doctoral Degree in performance at the University of Arizona, in the year 2005. In the same year he moved to the Netherlands, in order to pursue studies on baroque cello and viola da gamaba with Jaap ter Linden and Rainer Zipperling at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague.
Tulio Rondón's chamber music experiences have taken him all over the world, participating in concerts in North and South America and throughout Europe. He has shared the stage with world celebrated artists, to mention a few: Gil Shaham, Paul Katz, James Tocco, Hagen String Quartet, Pacifica String Quartet, and the Miro String Quartet. Mr. Rondón has participated in renowned festivals including, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Great Lakes Music Festival, Audubon String Quartet Seminar, Domaine Forget festival de Musique, and Amherst Early Music Festival. In these festivals he had the pleasure of working with well known pedagogues such as Jaap Ter Linden, Anner Bylsma, Rainer Zipperling, Phillip Muller, among others, and members of the Tokyo, Cleveland, Penderecky, Colorado, Franz Shubert, St. Lawrence, Audubon, Vermeer, Orford, and Oxford String Quartets.
Rondón's teaching experience has undergone continuous growth since the age of seventeen. He has worked in schools, colleges, and conservatories, such as, Simón Bolivar conservatory (Maracay-Venezuela), Earlham College at Richmond, IN (USA), and Catalina Foothills School District at Tucson, AZ (USA), Prime School of Music in Tucson, AZ, and a continuing private teaching experience. Dr. Rondón joined the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Music & Theatre Arts Department as Assistant Professor of Music in the fall of 2008 teaching applied cello, string techniques, and music appreciation courses.
Tulio Rondón is the artistic director of the European based baroque ensemble L'incontro Antico, and founding member of the Sephardic music emsemble Me la Amargates Tú. Tulio Rondón performs on a 1783 Ioannes Michael Willer violoncello, and a Copy of Michael Colichon c. 1687 viola da gamba.