Masafumi Hori started playing the violin at the age of five. After graduating from Kyoto Municipal Horikawa Senior High School of Music, he moved to southern Germany to study at the University of Music Freiburg. During this time he toured across Europe as a soloist of ‘Ensemble Heidelberg’.
In 1973, he played Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No.1 with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. The following year, he was named First Concertmaster of ‘Staatsorchester Darmstadt’. While performing throughout Europe with different orchestras, Hori expanded his activities as a soloist and chamber musician.
His performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo in 1979 brought him into the public spotlight. The same year, Hori became the orchestra’s concertmaster and has been leading it for the past 35 years. In 2015, he was also named Honorary Concertmaster. Hori is also an active as soloist, gives recitals, and performs chamber music. For his dedication to the NHK Symphony Orchestra he received the Arima Prize.
In addition to his performing career, he serves as a juror for numerous international competitions such as Geneva International Music Competition, International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart, and International Louis Spohr Competition for Young Violinists. He is a Professor at the Toho Gakuen College of Music and at the Tokyo University of the Arts.
(Status 2018, Source: Masafumi Hori)