Cleveland Orchestra tuba player finds a home in Northeast Ohio -- by way of Japan and Austria
Lecturer in Tuba
Yasuhito Sugiyama began his tenure as principal tuba of The Cleveland Orchestra in January 2006. A native of Hyogo, Japan, Mr. Sugiyama is a graduate of Soai University in Osaka, where he studied with Shuzo Karakawa of the Osaka Philharmonic. He also studied with Rex Martin at Northwestern University and with Robert Tucci of the Bavarian State Opera and the Munich Philharmonic. Prior to joining The Cleveland Orchestra, Mr. Sugiyama was a member of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) from 2003 until 2005. From 1997 and 2003, he served as tuba player of the New Japan Philharmonic under Seiji Ozawa's direction. Since 1997, Mr. Sugiyama has performed in the Saito-Kinen Orchestra, also under Mr. Ozawa. Mr. Sugiyama has appeared as a soloist, recitalist, and clinician. Among his solo engagements, he has performed the Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto with the New Japan Philharmonic. Mr. Sugiyama also has given "Tubby the Tuba" educational concerts with the New Japan Philharmonic and the Tokyo Symphony.