June 2020 Subscription Concerts to be cancelled
As part of the measures to prevent the spread of COVID 19 infection, the NHK Symphony Orchestra will, with regret, call off the June 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
- Sibelius / "Rakastava," suite Op. 14Program Note (PDF)
- Stravinsky / Violin Concerto D MajorProgram Note (PDF)
- Sibelius / "Finlandia," tone poem Op. 26Program Note (PDF)
- Sibelius / Symphony No.1 E Minor Op. 39Program Note (PDF)
Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductorJukka-Pekka Saraste, born in Heinola, Finland, first began his career as a violinist before studying conducting under Jorma Panula at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki to start his conducting profession. He is one of the leading conductors representing Finland to appear on world stage. He is particularly known for his fortes with works of late Romantic period as well as contemporary music, giving the world premiere performances to works by Wolfgang Rihm, Friedrich Cerha and Pascal Dusapin. In 1983, together with Esa-Pekka Salonen, he launched the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble specialized in modern music. The positions he has served till now include Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (where he is now Conductor Laureate) and the WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne, Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra (now Conductor Laureate). He also founded the Finnish Chamber Orchestra and its Tammisaari Festival. In recent years, he has also injected his energy into an educational program designed to inspire young musicians called LEAD! The Orchestra Project, which he co-founded.
He has returned to the NHK Symphony Orchestra frequently since their first collaboration in 1987.
[Jukka-Pekka Saraste by Ryosuke Masuda, music critic]
Pekka Kuusisto, violinFinnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto enjoys an outstanding repertoire ranging from Bach to contemporary works and to jazz and folk music by a highly expressive playing style. In the 2019/20 season, he has worked with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich where he was one of the artists "In Focus." He injects much of his enthusiasm in conducting while playing as a soloist as well as serving as a leader to ensembles, and Artistic Director to the ACO Collective of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and an Artistic Partner to the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota.
He was born to a musical family with both his grandfather having been and his father being renowned composers, while his elder brother Jaakko is a well-known violinist. Pekka Kuusisto studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and Indiana University, and became the first Finn to win the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in 1995. Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto, a work where the exquisite sound of the violin and the orchestra converse with each other, is his favorite, and recently he has played it with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Santtu-Matias Rouvali. This is his first collaboration with the NHK Symphony Orchestra.
[Pekka Kuusisto by Yoshimichi Okuda, music critic]
Tickets go on sale from Sunday, March 1, 2020 / Ticket for subscriber: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
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- *Please note that no space is available for concert-goers to wait inside the hall before the doors open.
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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