Naohisa Furusawa has been a member of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) double bass section since January 2003. Born in Tokyo in 1973, he started to play the violin when he was four years old and later joined his Junior high school orchestra as a double bass player at age 12; his first conducting experiences were with this school orchestra. Later, he studied double bass with Prof. Nobuo Shiga and piano and conducting with Prof. Kazue Kamiya at Tokyo’s Toho Gakuen School of Music.
Furusawa has performed as a double bass player with the NHK Symphony, Yomiuri Nihon Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony and several other orchestras, under the direction of many conductors, including Seiji Ozawa, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Horst Stein, Lorin Maazel, Herbert Blomstedt, Pierre Boulez and Valery Gergiev.
In 1998, Furusawa was awarded a scholarship from the Cultural Affairs Agency of Japan to study double bass at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. He has conducted Beethoven’s 9th Symphony five times with Tokyo’s MAX Philharmonic Orchestra. He also conducted Mahler’s Second Symphony with the MAX Philharmonic to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
He has conducted many young musician ensembles, including MPO’s Encounter Training Ensemble, and the Miri Tutti Project in East Malaysia as part of the MPO’s Education and Outreach programme.