Rei Hotoda

2006 Fellow

  • Assistant Conductor, Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Applauded by the Washington Post as “talented and poised with strong potential” conductor Rei Hotoda is rapidly becoming one of America’s dynamic conductors. She has guest conducted orchestras throughout North America and Europe including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Weimar Orchestra and the International Contemporary Ensemble. Ms. Hotoda was a finalist for the Music Director positions with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, the Duluth Superior Symphony and ProMusica. She has been guest conductor for these orchestras in their 2011-12 Season.

Currently, Ms. Hotoda is in her second season as the Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She is working very closely with her current mentor, Music Director, Jaap van Zweden. She has conducted the orchestra in a myriad of series including the DSO Classic Concerts in Greenville, Casual Classics, Youth Concerts, Family Series, Pops Concerts, and the Outdoor Parks Concerts. From 2006-2009 she was the Assistant Conductor of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. She has also held positions as the Assistant Conductor for the 2005 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in California and the 2005 Hot Springs Music Festival. She has conducted and collaborated with many famous soloists and touring groups including Van Cliburn silver medalist, Joyce Yang, Pink Martini, Isabella Rosselini and Ben Folds.

Her discography includes Symphony Sessions featuring Juno Award singer Steve Bell and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and two recent releases; Apparitions, a solo piano album and a CD featuring music by Nicole Lizee and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Hotoda studied conducting with Gustav Meier at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.  She holds a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Southern California and a bachelor of music in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music.

As a solo pianist, she has performed numerous piano solo and chamber concerts throughout the United States including concerts with members of the Dallas Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Her recent performances as soloist include concerts with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Muscatine Symphony Orchestra, Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra and the Clinton Symphony. Her piano teachers include John Perry, Barry Snyder and Emilio Del Rosario.

Rei Hotoda is the Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She began her studies in piano at the age of three in Tokyo, Japan and holds a Doctorate in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California, graduate degree work in Orchestral Conducting from the Peabody Institute and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music. Ms. Hotoda is also the Principal Conductor with Chicago’s new music group Noamnesia and Ensemble N_JP and has held positions as substitute Assistant Conductor of the 2005 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and Assistant Conductor of the 2005 Hot Springs Music Festival.

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Rei Hotoda, assistant conductor of Dallas Symphony Dallas, TX (Vocus/PRWEB ) October 23, 2008 — The Dallas Symphony Orchestra today announces the appointment of Rei Hotoda as assistant conductor, beginning in September 2009.

She seems to be a very intelligent and strong musician. We look forward to having her with us. Rei Hotoda made a strong impression during the final round of auditions. She was the unanimous choice, and we are delighted that she will be joining the DSO team.

Hotoda, just beginning her career, appears talented and poised — she has strong potential.

“I want to thank the members of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Mickelthwate and the WSO administration for their wonderful support these past few years. I look forward to my work with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra with much enthusiasm.”

Hotoda will begin a one-year contract as full-time assistant conductor beginning September 1, 2009. Hotoda’s responsibilities will include assisting with Texas Instruments Classical Series performances and conducting parks, youth, family and other concerts as assigned. She succeeds former DSO Assistant Conductor Danail Rachev, who left Dallas last summer to become assistant conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra.