May 2020 Subscription Concerts to be cancelled
As part of the measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus infection, the NHK Symphony Orchestra will, with regret, call off the May subscription concerts (all 6 concerts in 3 programs). There will be no performance of any kind (including those without audience) and therefore no FM or TV broadcast live or delayed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to those who have been looking forward to the performances, but we ask for your kind understanding.
Tickets for the concerts will be refunded, so please keep the ticket/s you have purchased safe. As for how to receive the refund, either N-kyo guide or the ticket agency where you purchased the ticket/s will be contacting you sometime later.
NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo
- Mozart / Symphony No. 31 D Major K. 297 “Paris” Program Note (PDF)
- Gershwin / Concerto in FProgram Note (PDF)
- Poulenc / Gloria*Program Note (PDF)
Paavo Järvi, conductorPaavo Järvi celebrates his fifth season as Chief Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra with a high profile European tour in 2020 including concerts in London, Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Berlin and Brussels. 2019 also celebrates the start of his tenure as Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and his 15th season as Artistic Director of the The Deustche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. In addition to his roles as Conductor Laureate of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Music Director Laureate of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Järvi is much in demand as a guest conductor with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, London’s Philharmonia, Staatskapelle Berlin and Staatskapelle Dresden. Other guest engagements include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic and Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
Paavo Järvi is a dedicated supporter of Estonian composers and Artistic Adviser to the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. Each summer he returns to Estonia to lead the Järvi Conducting Academy and Pärnu Music Festival where he also created the internationally acclaimed Estonian Festival Orchestra. He was awarded the Order of the White Star by the President of Estonia in 2013 for his outstanding contribution to Estonian culture.
With an extensive discography, Paavo Järvi has won a Grammy Award and was named Artist of the Year by both Gramophone and Diapason magazines. He was appointed Commandeur de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture and awarded the Sibelius Medal for his work in bringing greater attention to the Finnish composer’s music during his tenure with the Orchestre de Paris.
Born in Tallinn, Estonia, Paavo Järvi studied percussion and conducting at the Tallinn School of Music. In 1980, he moved to the USA where he continued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute with Leonard Bernstein.
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, pianoFor more than three decades, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has performed world-wide, recorded more than 50 albums, and built a reputation as one of today’s finest pianists. From the start of his career, he delighted in music beyond the standard repertoire, from jazz to opera, which he transcribed himself to play on the piano. His profound professional friendships crisscross the globe and have led to spontaneous and fruitful collaborations in film, fashion, and visual art.
Thibaudet expresses his passion for education and fostering young musical talent as the first-ever Artistin-Residence at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, where he makes his home.
Thibaudet’s recording catalogue has received two Grammy nominations, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Diapason d’Or, the Choc du Monde de la Musique, the Edison Prize, and Gramophone awards. He was the soloist on the Oscar-winning and critically acclaimed film Atonement, as well as Pride and Prejudice, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, and Wakefield. His concert wardrobe is designed by Dame Vivienne Westwood. In 2010 the Hollywood Bowl honored Thibaudet for his musical achievements by inducting him into its Hall of Fame. Previously a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Thibaudet was awarded the title Officier by the French Ministry of Culture in 2012.
Maki Mori, soprano*Maki Mori is a soprano with a clear voice and a diversity of repertoire from the Baroque to contemporary. She studied singing and graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts and its postgraduate course, as well as at the Opera Studies Center sponsored by Japan’s Cultural Agency, and pursued further studies in Milan and Munich. Since her American debut in 1998 by singing in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Elopement from the Harem) with the Washington National Opera, she has made numerous appearances with it as well as the Los Angeles Opera in the U.S. She has been active both at home and abroad, and has sung in Der Rosenkavalier with the Semperoper Dresden, Rinaldo at the Edinburgh International Festival and La Bohème with the Teatro Regio di Torino while in orchestral concerts, she has often sung with the hr-Sinfonieorchester, Frankfurt, and the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of such prominent conductors as Paavo Järvi, Seiji Ozawa, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yuri Temirkanov and Eliahu Inbal. She has often worked with the NHK Symphony Orchestra since her first collaboration in 2000, and has sung as its soloist for Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 among others. She will no doubt exhibit her singing with her serine and exuberant voice in Poulenc’s Gloria.
[Junko Shibatsuji, music critic]
New National Theatre Chorus, chorus*The New National Theatre, Tokyo (NNTT) inaugurated in October 1997 is Japan’s only national theatre built for the purpose of the performing arts of opera, ballet, modern dance and drama, and the New National Theatre Chorus was also established to play a key role in the operatic works staged at the theatre. The chorus members are all excellent singers and actors, and their rich voices and ability to harmonize well with players on stage are highly regarded by operatic singers, conductors, stage directors they work with, as well as by critics both at home and abroad. In recent years, they have been performing frequently at other theatres. The chorus first worked with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in 2004 for Götterdämmerung (The Twilight of the Gods) staged at the NNTT. Since then, they have often sung in the orchestra’s subscription concerts including Holst’s The Planets (female chorus only) in January 2018, Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor in November 2019, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in January 2020. They have also performed in Fidelio (concert style) by the NHK Symphony Orchestra under Paavo Järvi to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in August and September 2019.
[Junko Shibatsuji, music critic]
Tickets go on sale from Sunday, March 1, 2020 / Ticket for subscriber: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
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- *Repertoire, conductor, soloists and program order are subject to change without notice.
- *Pre-school children are not allowed in the concert hall