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NHKSO Europe Tour 2017




About the tour

The NHK Symphony Orchestra will have its European concert tour from late February to early March, 2017 as part of its 90th anniversary projects, performing in seven cities in six countries : Germany, Luxembourg, France, the Netherlands, the UK and Austria. The tour marks Paavo Järvi’s first overseas concert tour with the orchestra since becoming its Chief Conductor. Janine Jansen, renowned Dutch violinist, who has often worked with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, will join the tour as its soloist in all cities except London.


Duration of the tour:28th February – 8th March, 2017

Concert venue:Berlin (Germany), Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Paris(France), Amsterdam(Netherlands), London (United Kingdom), Vienna (Austria), Cologne (Germany)



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Schedule / Programme

Paavo Järvi, conductor

Janine Jansen, violin


Programme A

Mozart / Violin Concerto No.3 G major K.216

Mahler / Symphony No.6 a minor “Tragische”


Programme A’

Toru Takemitsu / Requiem for Strings (1957)

Mahler / Symphony No.6 a minor “Tragische”


Programme B

Sibelius / Violin Concerto d minor op.47

Shostakovich / Symphony No.10 e minor op.93



Berlin (Germany)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 8:00p.m.

Berliner Philharmonie [Programme A]


Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 8:00p.m.

Philharmonie Luxembourg [Programme B]


Paris (France)

Thursday, March 2, 2017 8:30p.m.

Philharmonie de Paris [Programme B]


Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Saturday, March 4, 2017 8:15p.m.

Concertgebouw [Programme B]


London (United Kingdom)

Monday, March 6, 2017 7:30p.m.

Royal Festival Hall [Programme A’]


Vienna (Austria)

Tuesday March 7, 2017 7:30p.m.

Wiener Konzerthaus [Programme B]


Cologne (Germany)

Wednesday March 8, 2017 8:00p.m.

Kölner Philharmonie [Programme A]





Paavo Järvi, conductor



Paavo Järvi’s second season as Chief Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra opens on a high when he conducts Mahler’s Symphony No.8 in celebration of the orchestra’s 90th Anniversary. They will also perform Mahler to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Suntory Hall and embark on a major European tour in spring 2017 with performances in Berlin, Luxembourg, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Vienna and Cologne.

As Artistic Director of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Paavo Järvi and the orchestra return to Asia for performances across Taiwan and Japan in autumn 2016. Throughout the season they will continue their critically acclaimed Brahms symphony cycle with performances throughout Germany and Switzerland. The first recording of the Brahms cycle is released on Sony’s, RCA label in spring 2017.

In summer 2016, Paavo Järvi concluded his highly successful tenure as Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris and was simultaneously heralded by the French Critics’ Association as ‘Musical Personality of the Year’. Highlights of his six year tenure included conducting the opening concerts of the new Paris Philhamonie which were recorded for i-Tunes and immediately became an international bestseller; the Sibelius Medal in recognition of his achievements in championing the Finnish composer’s music in France: and the release of his highly acclaimed recording of music by Dutilleux on the Erato label which received an Echo Klassik Award for contemporary recording.

Guest engagements see the completion of Paavo Järvi’s extensive Nielsen Symphony Cycle with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, return visits to the Wiener Symphoniker, Berlin Staatskapelle and performances with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Budapest Festival Orchestra, and L’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. In spring 2017 Paavo Järvi also conducts Don Giovanni at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala as well as orchestral concerts with the La Scala orchestra. He also returns to conduct the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, where he is Conductor Laureate.

The 2016/17 season concludes with a week of performances in mid-July at the Pärnu Music Festival in Estonia. Founded in 2010 by Paavo Järvi, the festival offers both conducting master-classes and concerts. As a festival celebrating the orchestra at its heart, Järvi created a new ensemble which has become the uncontested highlight of the summer season; the Estonian Festival Orchestra brings together leading Estonian musicians with soloists from Europe’s top-ranking orchestras.

With an extensive discography, Paavo Järvi’s latest releases are the complete Nielsen Symphonies with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony on Sony Japan, and Elgar and Walton’s Cello Concertos with Steven Isserlis and the Philharmonia Orchestra on Hyperion. He was named Artist of the Year by both Gramophone (UK) and Diapason (France) in autumn 2015.



Janine Jansen, violin



With an enviable international reputation, violinist Janine Jansen works regularly with the world’s most eminent orchestras and conductors. In 2016/17 she is Artist in Residence at the London Symphony Orchestra (Gianandrea Noseda, Antonio Pappano and Valery Gergiev) complemented by a residency at Wigmore Hall, as well as Artist in Residence at the Philharmonie Luxembourg, where she will give both concerto and chamber performances.

This season Janine performs with the Wiener Philharmoniker (Sakari Oramo), Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Antonio Pappano) the Orchestre National de Belgique (Andrey Boreyko) which includes a memorial concert for Philippe Hirschhorn. She will tour extensively in Europe with the NHK Symphony Orchestra (Paavo Järvi) and will undertake a tour to Asia with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Daniele Gatti).

A devoted chamber musician, Janine will perform a number of recitals throughout Europe with pianists Itamar Golan and Alexander Gavrylyuk. As part of her Wigmore Hall residency she will perform Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time with Lucas Debargue, Torleif Thedéen and Martin Fröst which they will also take to the Stockholm Konserthus.

Janine records exclusively for Decca Classics. Her most recent release, conducted by Antonio Pappano, features Bartok’s Violin Concerto No.1 with the London Symphony Orchestra and Brahms’ Violin Concerto with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Other highlights of her discography include an album of concertos and sonatas by Bach, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.2 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, Beethoven and Britten with Paavo Järvi, Mendelssohn and Bruch with Riccardo Chailly, and Tchaikovsky with Daniel Harding. Janine has also released a number of chamber music discs, including Schubert’s String Quintet and Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht.

Janine has won numerous prizes, including four Edison Klassiek Awards, three ECHO Klassik awards, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, NDR Musikpreis for outstanding artistic achievement and the Concertgebouw Prize. She has been given the VSCD Klassieke Muziekprijs for individual achievement and the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award for performances in the UK. In September 2015 she was awarded the Bremen MusikFest Award. Janine studied with Coosje Wijzenbeek, Philippe Hirschhorn and Boris Belkin.

13 years after establishing the hugely successful International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht, Janine stepped down from her position as Artistic Director in June 2016 and named cellist Harriet Krijgh as her successor.



NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo



The history of the NHK Symphony Orchestra dates back to October 5th, 1926 when a professional orchestra called the New Symphony Orchestra was formed. After being briefly called the Japan Symphony Orchestra, it was renamed the NHK Symphony Orchestra when it began to receive full financial support from Nippon Hoso Kyokai (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) in 1951. During those years, the orchestra invited German conductor Josef Rosenstock as its Chief Conductor, under whose baton the orchestra established the foundation to become Japan’s leading orchestra. Thereafter, the orchestra continually invited many of the world’s most renowned conductors of the time, including Herbert von Karajan, Ernest Ansermet, Joseph Keilberth, and Lovro von Matačić, to name but a few, and worked with some of the world’s most celebrated soloists to offer the public innumerable outstanding performances which have become entrenched as part of Japan’s history of classical music. The subscription concerts series, which is the core of its activities, started on February 20th, 1927, and has continued without interruption ever since, even during the Second World War.

In recent years, the Orchestra has presented approximately 120 concerts nationwide annually, including 54 subscription concerts which have been relayed to every corner of the country on NHK Television and through FM radio broadcasts. The concerts can also be heard in Europe, the United States and Asia through its international broadcast service. It has also won world-wide acclaim for its overseas tours, including its first appearance in the Salzburg Festival in August 2013.

Conductors who are closely associated with the NHK Symphony Orchestra include Paavo Järvi (Chief Conductor), Charles Dutoit (Music Director Emeritus), Herbert Blomstedt (Honorary Conductor Laureate), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Conductor Laureate), André Previn (Honorary Guest Conductor), Yuzo Toyama (Permanent Conductor), and Tadaaki Otaka (Permanent Conductor).



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Interview with Paavo

Maestro Paavo Järvi talks about what he finds fascinating about the NHK Symphony Orchestra with reference to the upcoming European tour that he will be leading for the first time since becoming Chief Conductor. The second half of this footage is his talk with Ms. Maki Takemitsu, daughter of Toru Takemitsu.