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Posted on August 21, 2020

Conductors and a program to be changed
(NHK Symphony Orchestra September Concerts at
NHK Hall & Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre)

Paavo Järvi, who had been scheduled to conduct the NHK Symphony Orchestra’s September Concerts at NHK Hall (Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 September, 2020) and at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Friday 18 & Saturday 19 September, 2020) will not be able to come to Japan due to the Japanese government’s travelling restrictions from overseas.


Therefore, the conductors for these concerts will be changed as follows, along with which there will also be a partial change in the program at NHK Hall.


NHK Symphony Orchestra September Concerts at NHK Hall
Saturday 12 September 6:00pm
Sunday 13 September 3:00pm

Kazuki Yamada, conductor
Takemitsu/ Requiem for Strings*
Mozart / Symphony No. 29 A Major K. 201
Brahms / Serenade No. 2 A Major Op. 16

*Initially Pärt / Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten was programmed at the beginning of the concert, however due to the wishes of the conductor, it has been replaced with the above-mentioned piece.


NHK Symphony Orchestra September Concerts at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
Friday 18 September 7:00pm
Saturday 19 September 2:00pm

Junichi Hirokami, conductor
Kei Shirai (Guest Concertmaster of NHKSO), violin*
Webern (Schwarz) / Langsamer Satz (String Orchestra Version)
R. Strauss / "Capriccio," opera Op. 85 – Sextet (String Orchestra Version)
R. Strauss / "Der Bürger als Edelmann," suite Op. 60*


Kazuki Yamada, conductor

Kazuki Yamada, conductorRight after winning the Concours international de jeunes chefs d'orchestre de Besançon, a gateway to young conductors, in 2009, Kazuki Yamada rapidly expanded his conducting opportunities in Europe by appearing with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and, in the same year, the Orchestre de Paris to substitute for Michel Plasson. He continued to guest-conduct Europe’s major orchestras including the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Dresdner Philharmonie, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, and in the 2014/15 season, he made his debut in the United States, and in Oceania in the 2015/16 season to globally expand his stage.
From 2010 to 2017, he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Currently he is Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo and Principal Guest Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
He is also Permanent Conductor of the Japan Philharmonic, Principal Guest Conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Music Director and Chairman of the Philharmonic Chorus of Tokyo and Music Director of Yokohama Sinfonietta, an ensemble he founded while still a student.
His association with the NHK Symphony Orchestra started in 2010 when he was engaged as an assistant conductor of the orchestra for two years to pursue further studies. He then conducted the NHK Symphony Orchestra in 2012 for the first time, and the orchestra’s subscription concerts in 2016 and 2019.


Junichi Hirokami, conductor

Junichi Hirokami, conductorJunichi Hirokami, the winner of the first International Kirill Kondrashin Competition for conductors in Amsterdam in 1984, has appeared as a guest-conductor with the world’s major orchestras such as the Orchestre national de France, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. He successively served as Chief Conductor of Sweden’s Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Chief Conductor of Limburg Symphony Orchestra of the Netherlands, Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra of the United States.
He is also a devotee of operatic works and has led various productions to success including works of Gluck, Mozart to Verdi and Puccini, and the Japan premiere performance of Osvaldo Noe Golijov’s Ainadamar.
In Japan, he assumed the position of Chief Conductor of the City of Kyoto Symphony Orchestra in 2008, also becoming its Music Advisor from 2014 as well, and from April 2020, he has been Chief Conductor & Artistic Advisor of the orchestra, while also Friendship Guest Conductor of the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra from April 2017. He serves as professor at Tokyo College of Music to train young conductors. He is one of the few Japanese conductors working with the NHK Symphony Orchestra on a regular basis. In 2016, he was presented the Arima Prize by the orchestra.