Keisuke Wakao (Oboe)
Keisuke Wakao was appointed assistant principal oboe of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and principal oboe of the Boston Pops Orchestra in the fall of 1990. He was previously a member of the New World Symphony from its 1988 inaugural season. A native of Tokyo, Mr. Wakao performed with the New Japan Philharmonic under Seiji Ozawa in 1985 and made his concerto debut with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra under Kazuyoshi Akiyama in the summer of 1989. He made his Tokyo recital debut in 1997 and performed with pianist Christoph Eschenbach in a recital at Sapporo's 1998 Pacific Music Festival. Mr. Wakao received his performance diploma from Manhattan School of Music, where he served on the faculty following his graduation in 1987. His teachers include former New York Philharmonic principal oboe Joseph Robinson at the Manhattan School, and former Boston Symphony Orchestra principals Alfred Genovese and Ralph Gomberg at Tanglewood, where he was a TMC Fellow. A talented teacher himself, Mr. Wakao founded the annual Keisuke Wakao Oboe Camp in Tokyo in 1988 and is currently on the faculties of both the New England Conservatory and the Longy School of Music. He is also director of the Daikanyama Hillside Terrace Music Festival in Tokyo, founder of the Church of the Redeemer Concert Series in Chestnut Hill, MA and the Ventfort Hall Summer Chamber Music Concert Series in Lenox, MA, and sponsor of the American-Japanese Cultural Concert Series, which featured performances with Emmanuel Ax and Masaharu Yamamoto in 2010, Yasushi Toyoshima and Kazusa Mizutani in 2009. Mr. Wakao has made three solo recordings on the Denon label, including Abendlied (1997) with pianist Christoph Eschenbach, and Keisuke Wakao Plays John Williams (1998), a disc featuring film music by John Williams, with whom Keisuke also collaborated in a performance of the Mozart Oboe Concerto with the Boston Pops in 1994. Mr. Williams wrote an oboe concerto for Mr. Wakao, who played its world premiere on May 25 and 26, 2011, with John Williams conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra at Symphony Hall, Boston.

Christoph Eschenbach (Piano)
In demand as a distinguished guest conductor with the finest orchestras and opera houses throughout the world, Christoph Eschenbach began his tenure in September 2010 as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra as well as Music Director of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Mentored by George Szell and Herbert von Karajan, Mr. Eschenbach held the posts of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Tonhalle Orchestra from 1982 to 1986; Music Director of the Houston Symphony from 1988 to 1999; Music Director of the Ravinia Festival from 1994 to 2003; Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 2003 to 2008; and Artistic Director of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival from 1999 to 2002. His many honors include the Légion d’Honneur; Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres; the Officer's Cross with Star and Ribbon of the German Order of Merit; and the Commander's Cross of the German Order of Merit for outstanding achievements as pianist and conductor. He also received the Leonard Bernstein Award from the Pacific Music Festival, where he was co-artistic director from 1992 to 1998.