Inouye, Derrick. Conductor, violinist, b Vancouver 26 Nov 1956. After early training in flute, piano, and violin he attended the University of British Columbia 1973-5 as a violin major, and showed a strong aptitude for conducting. He later studied conducting with Hideo Saito in Japan and with Franco Ferrara in Italy. He was assistant conductor of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra 1981-4, and music director of the Regina Symphony Orchestra 1984-9. In September 1985 he won the Fourth International Vittorio Gui Competition in Florence. Inouye has been an assistant conductor for various productions at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, beginning in 1988, and has guest-conducted, among others, the Berlin Radio SO, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida, the Dance Theater of Harlem, the National Ballet of Canada, the Stuttgart Opera (La Bohème, 1992), the Vancouver Opera, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, the TS, and the NACO.