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CEO Almond

​Matsuda, Ayuko

After graduating from Kwassui Women’s University in the music department for piano and organ, Ayuko Matsuda began her professional career working with the composer Akira Miyoshi, an artistic adviser to Nagaoka Lyric Hall. She took charge of the planning and public relations role at the Nagaoka City Arts and Culture Promotion Foundation.

In 2001 she managed the Nagaoka Lyric Hall’s 5th- anniversary celebration. In addition to Japan’s celebration, she partnered with the Aldeburgh Festival Music Festival for performances in England. Pairing Britten’s opera “Curlew River” and a Noh performance of “Sumida River,” the performances were selected as part of the “Japan 2001” UK national event. They received great acclaim in both the UK and Japan. Ayuko subsequently joined the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Going beyond arts and culture industries, she held communications management roles at Japan Post Co., Ltd. and Industrial Growth Platform Inc (IGPI). During these appointments, Ayuko was particularly involved in the CSR activities of her companies and clients and in supporting the growth of companies funded and supported by IGPI.

In 2013, she returned to the Tokyo Philharmonic as the Director of Public Relations and External Affairs, overseeing the communications function, and negotiating the sponsorships around major events and projects, including the Tokyo Philharmonic’s 100th Anniversary Celebration and World Tour, the 50th Anniversary of Japan-Korea Diplomatic Normalization, the 45th Anniversary of Japan-China Diplomatic Normalization,” and more.

Ayuko established Almond Co., Ltd. in November 2018. She also serves as an IGPI advisor, an international PR representative of the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, and a Gunma Symphony Orchestra board member.

Ayuko is the author of two books (in Japanese), entitled “A Broad History of Classical Music” and “A Broad History of Classical Masterpieces”.


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Born in Verona in 1988. Started playing the clarinet at the age of 9. In 2009, he graduated from the Verona EF Dar Abaco Conservatory with the highest score. In 2008, he made his debut with the orchestra representing Verona, Arena di Verona, with Mozart's Clarinet Concerto. Since 2009, he has been studying under Paolo Bertramini at the Piacenza Conservatory (Italy). After that, he studied under Romain Guillot at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva,  

obtained a master's degree. Since 2016, he has been studying under Alessandro Carbonare at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome.

Winner of most major Italian clarinet competitions. Participated in the Sapporo Pacific Music Festival conducted by Gergiev, Jun Märkl and Andris Poga. Currently, while working as the principal player of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, he is also focusing on chamber music, performing with many artists in Japan and Europe.

[Award History]

In 2016, he won the Marco Fiorindo International Clarinet Competition (Turin).

2017 15th Tokyo Music Competition [woodwind section] 1st place.

Winner of the 2017 Audi Mozart Clarinet Competition (Rovereto).

2018 4th Jacques Lancelot International Competition (Yokosuka) Winner, Audience Award, Hamanaka Award.

2019 Tchaikovsky International Competition Wind Instrument (Woodwind/Brass) Division 3rd Place.

1st prize at the 2019 Leos Janacek International Competition.

Almond Partner Artist


Business content

We specializing in professional classical music and event production.


Live music event production and broadcasting, chamber music, recitals, orchestra tours, opera, and ballet. Online and offline events.

​Advertising and branding

Corporate branding, CSR planning, planning and production that contributes to SDGs

Artist introduction

domestic and international orchestras,

Artist introduction

Book, Lecture, Moderator, MC

Publication of books on classical music, MC of concerts, lectures, radio MC

Artist goods sale

Solo exhibition of paintings, sale of CDs, paintings, and artist goods via the Internet

Sales of sheet music, etc.

Sale of electronic musical scores and other music-related items


Almond Co., Ltd.

Ayuko Matsuda, CEO

Established: November 7, 2018 

Office: Shimonoseki city and Tokyo​

Capital: 12,000,000 yen 

Bank: Mitsubishi UFJ Bank, Kitakyushu Branch 

Chizawa, Jun

Established JYPLANNING in 2009 after working for Sony (now Sony Group) for about 30 years. Participated in the planning and management of numerous international exchange activities since his days at Sony.


Yang Jingyi

She has been involved in many cultural projects as a photographer and video director. In 2001, she came to Japan with the hope of contributing to Japan-China friendship through photography. She also manages the Love & Kizuna Photo Studio as the representative of Apollon Co.
Born in Dalian, China.


Zhou Hantao

After receiving a master's degree in "Music Technology" from New York University, he was involved in the recording and production of various music genres in Beijing, while teaching recording technology at the China Central Conservatory of Music.

Coming to Japan in July 2022. Researching "music and sound creation" at Tokyo University of the Arts graduate school.

Sound Engineer

Yakura, Hiromu

Since he was a student at Nada Junior High School, he has been active in a wide range of fields, winning awards at international competitions related to algorithms and security, being selected for an unexplored project in his third year of junior high school, and receiving numerous awards at various programming contests, including the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award and the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award.
Currently, at the University of Tsukuba Graduate School and National Research and Development Agency, researching "AI technology that understands people and gets close to people".
Google Ph.D. Fellow. Born in Osaka in 1996.


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Completed journalism course at Waseda University Graduate School of Political Science.

Currently, while working as a PR for a major business company, he supports various exchange activities through music.


He Yan

Graduated from Keio Graduate School of Media Design. The works cover various medium such as web/application design and development, interactive performance, and art installation.

creative technologist

Murata, Yukihiro

Since enrolling in the College of Liberal Arts, the University of Tokyo, he has been involved in numerous educational trainings under the theme of liberal arts and art.

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Currently working in the fields of entrepreneurship education x industry-academia collaboration x Deep Tech as an employee of Industrial Growth Platform (IGPI) Co., Ltd. and a staff member of the Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo.

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