curriculum vitae

The Japanese Bass Bariton Yoshiaki Kimura is from Okayama / Japan and studied (Bachelor Gesang and Master Opera) at the University of the Arts Tokyo from 2000 to 2007. He continued his studies at the Operaschool of Karlsruhe Musikhochschule, then at the Coservatoire in Toulon / France, where he graduated with distinction in 2011. From 2011 to 2013 he studied at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart (Master Lied) and graduated in July 2013. In July 2015, he graduated from the Trossingen Musikhochschule (Konzertexamen Gesang).


In the season 2011/2012 he was chosen for the Flanders Opera Studio Gent / Belgium. In 2011, he took over the title role in the production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro at the Sommeroper Bamberg.


He won 1st prize in the 1st Japanese Song Contest, the 11th Sakurapia Song Contest and the 24th Yuai International Song Contest. In Japan he was awarded the Goto Culture Prize, the Kurashiki Culture Prize, the Fukutake Culture Fund Prize and the Matsukata Hall Music Prize.


Since the 2014/15 season, he has been an ensemble member of the Theater Bielefeld. Here he is performing, among others, in the role of Alidoro in La Cenerentola, as Manz in Romeo and Juliet in the village and as Dulcamara in L'elisir d'amore as well as Kaspar in “Der Freischütz”. 


In the last season he sang the lead role of "Alberich" in "Das Rheingold" by Wagner.

This season he prepares u.a. a bass solo for the Symphony Concerto by Zimmermann, as well as the role of Peters (father) in "Hänsel und Gretel" by Engelbert Humperdinck.


He will spend an exhaustive year doing his doctoral thesis, which he plans to complete in Tokyo next year. Topic of his doctoral thesis is the ballads of Carl Loewe.  

In the upcoming Season sings the title role in "Le Nozze di Figaro" at the Theater Bielefeld.