VANCOUVER METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA
21st Season Finale

PROGRAMME

Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F Major

Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Featuring

Conductor: Ken Hsieh
Piano Soloist: Sumino Hayato “Cateen”
 
Opening Act: Vancouver College Wind Ensemble with Director Emma Ashcroft

Hayato Sumino

Born in 1995, Hayato Sumino won the Grand Prix of the Special Class of the PTNA Piano Competition, which was the start of his full-fledged career as a musician.

In 2021, he became a semi-finalist at the XVIII International Chopin Piano Competition. He won the third prize at the Lyon International Piano Competition in 2019, the gold medal at the International Chopin Competition in Asia in 2017, and many other prizes. He has performed with major international orchestras, including Hamburger Symphoniker, Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, and Gunma Symphony Orchestra. He studied under Jean-Marc Luisada, Katsuko Kaneko, and Tomoaki Yoshida.

He completed his master’s degree at the University of Tokyo, the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology in March 2020, receiving President’s Award. He was engaged in research on music information processing at the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM).

Also known as “Cateen”, he has his own YouTube channel with over 1.2 million subscribers and 100 million views. His unique style, a fusion of classical techniques, arrangements, and improvisational skills, has been well-received by many fans. He was selected as a CASIO electronic musical instrument ambassador and Steinway artist in 2021.

He has been brought to the world’s attention, touring Paris, Singapore, Taiwan, and Korea in 2022. His first album HAYATOSM was released, and his latest album, Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 was recorded with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marin Orsop in 2022. While building a solid position in classical music, he is attracting attention as a truly new type of pianist who carefully focuses on all music that beyond genres.