Mr. Matsuura conducts Muncie Symphony Orchestra. He was Assistant Director of the orchestra before he graduated from Ball State University.
MUNCIE, Ind. – A Ball State graduate recently received a big surprise from a prestigious music program in England.
Osamu Matsuura, 26, was accepted into the post-graduate conductors’ course at the Royal Academy of Music in London. The program is one of the most prestigious in Europe, focusing on “the role and responsibilities of the conductor and seeks a better understanding of the complex relationship that exists between conductor and performers,” according to the Royal Academy’s website.
Matsuura sent a self-made video conducting the Ball State Symphony Orchestra to the Royal Academy and was invited to audition in London. He was one of three applicants who were accepted worldwide after 30 finalists were auditioned.
“If I hadn’t gotten accepted into the Royal Academy’s program, I would’ve thought of giving up conducting,” Matsuura said. “And I would’ve gone back to Japan to get a non-musical job.”
Matsuura was born in California but spent his childhood in Hiroshima, Japan listening to his older sister’s piano playing. He started teaching himself how to play the instrument at the age of six. In his high school, he earned an opportunity to conduct the school’s orchestra and became interested in conducting.
Matsuura received his undergraduate degree in music from Hiroshima University in Japan and graduated from Ball State University with master’s degree in conducting in May 2002.
Professor Leonard Atherton, director of orchestras at Ball State University, said Matsuura was a very talented student of conducting.
“Study thoroughly your scores, be very clear to the orchestra and continue to always enjoy music making,” he advised Matsuura. “Be open to everything.”
After spending time on vacation in Japan, he will start the Royal Academy music program in the fall.