Atsushi Okamoto graduated from the Kunitachi College of Music before studying at the Graduate School of the Tokyo University of the Arts. After his performance for the Royal Family in the Tokagakudo Concert Hall of Japan’s Imperial Palace, he made his debut at the Palazzo Sersanti performing as Count Almaviva in “Le nozze di Figaro.” “l’opera” magazine praised his “brilliant noble voice.” He has actively performed both in Japan and overseas, and has released six solo albums: “AVE MARIA,” “VIVERE,” “Wolf!,” “Al di là,” “BUNGO,” and “Akatombo.” Okamoto has received numerous awards, including first prize in the 22nd HIMES Competition, second prize in the Bösendorfer International Music Competition “Sviatoslav Richter” in Vienna, and the Special Prize in the Concorso di Canto lirico internazionale “Francesco Albanese.” In 2011, he was selected to participate in the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists provided by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. He is currently a member of the Hokkaido Nikikai. He serves as a lecturer in the Course for Music of the Department of Education’s School of Education and Culture at Hokusho University, and as a part-time lecturer of both the Hokkaido University of Education Iwamizawa Campus and Sapporo Otani University. He presides over Mito Promusica. (https://www.mitopromusica.com/) This is his fifth appearance at PMF.