Suguru Yonezawa M.D., Ph.D. / Tenor
Professor Emeritus, Kagoshima University (Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pathology)
Dr. Suguru Yonezawa was a prizewinner in the Japan-Italy Singers Competition
for professional operatic singers (1987); placed First in the All Japan
Canzone Singers Competition (1994); and was awarded First Prize and the
Grand Prix in the Classical Music Competition of Japan (1994). He has performed
as Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly and Don Jose in Carmen. He has appeared
as a soloist in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Rossini's Stabat Mater, Handel's
Messiah, Haydn's The Seasons, Schubert's Stabat Mater and Verdi’s Requiem.
In the recital entitled "WHEN EAST MEETS WEST" in Omaha
(Nebraska, U.S.A.), he received a standing ovation (1998). In the "New
Year Concert to Celebrate the Centennial of Diplomatic Relations between
Japan and Romania" held in Romania (2002), his performance with
the Targu Mures State Philharmonic Orchestra, Romania, was a great success,
and he was praised as "the best tenor in the history of the theater"
by a music journal. His recital at Kioi Hall, Tokyo, in 2004, was also
an outstanding success. He performed with N. Martinucci (Italy) and M.
Saltarin (Italy) as one of Three Tenors in the “Franco Corelli Memorial
Concert” at Tokyo Geijutsu Gekijou in 2004. A music reporter from New York
wrote that “Yonezawa hit the high B flat in Celeste Aida, something that
did not happen at the MET Aida performance I heard recently.” He also performed
with G. Giacomini (Italy) in the same series concert in 2005, and won high
praise. He performed Prince CALAF in Turandot (Conductor: G. Proietii)
in August 2005 in Italy. He also performed the role of Prince CALAF in
Turandot (the first performance of the Berio version in Japan) with the
most famous conductor (Maestro Wakasugi), director (Mr. Kuriyama) and producer
(Mr. Hatanaka) in Japan, and with top professional singers, in the Fujisawa
Opera Festival that is well known in Japan. He had outstanding success
in the opera Turandot. He has frequently appeared on NHK-TV and NHK radio
programs broadcast throughout Japan. In September 2012 he had great success
as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem at Suntory Hall (Tokyo, Japan) that was
attended by Her Majesty the Empress. In June of 2018, he won high praise
as a soloist in the 100th anniversary concert of the first performance
of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in Asia, in Naruto City, Tokushima, Japan.
In July of 2018 he sang a duet in Otello with world fame soprano Ms. Miwako
Matsumoto at Kioi Hall (Tokyo, Japan), with great success. In September
of 2018, he had great success as a soloist in Haydn's Stabat Mater. He
also won high praise in the 2019 New Year Concert in Kagoshima, Japan.
His CD “SUGURU YONEZAWA SINGS TENOR OPERA ARIAS (Conductor: Giovanni di Stefano, Orchestra: Sofia National Opera Orchestra, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_KVp3g-1uo)” released in October of 2004 was at the top of the chart 4 times at the ranking of TOWER RECORDS Japan.
He received the Japanese Pathology Award, the top award for members of the Japanese Pathology Society, and won very high praise for his Award Lecture on “Mucins in human neoplasms” at the 99th Annual Meeting of The Japanese Society of Pathology, in Tokyo in 2010. He made sixth on the world ranking list (the 1st on the Japanese ranking list) for his articles on cancer marker studies from 2001 to 2010.
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