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Posted on September 7, 2020

NHK Symphony Orchestra October Concerts

Details of the NHK Symphony Orchestra’s October Concerts to replace the subscription concerts are as follows.


The conductor will be Masaaki Suzuki, one of the leading Japanese conductors, who has attained global acclaim by conducting the works of J. S. Bach, while in recent years having had an increasing number of opportunities to work with modern orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. This is his long-awaited first appearance with the NHK Symphony Orchestra. He will be leading the orchestra in six concerts at three venues including NHK Hall, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre and Suntory Hall, presenting a wide repertoire ranging from the Viennese Classical period to old and new Swedish works and works by Toru Takemitsu. We hope you will enjoy the concerts.


Dates and Programs

[NHK Hall]
Saturday 17 October 6:00pm & Sunday 18 October 3:00pm

Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Haydn / Symphony No. 101 D Major Hob. I-101 "Die Uhr"
Mozart / Symphony No. 39 E-flat Major K. 543


[Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre]
Thursday 22 October 7:00pm & Friday 23 October 7:00pm

Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Nobuya Sugawa, saxophone
Takemitsu / Day Signal
Takemitsu / Garden Rain
Takemitsu / Night Signal
Larsson / Saxophone Concerto Op. 14
Berwald / Symphony No. 4 E-flat Major "Sinfonie naïve"


[Suntory Hall]
Wednesday 28 October 7:00pm & Thursday 29 October 7:00pm

Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Schubert / Symphony No. 2 B-flat Major D. 125
Schubert / Symphony No. 4 C Minor D. 417 "Tragische"


Ticket Prices

(Prices apply for all concerts / Reserved seating only)
Adults: S 7,000 yen A 5,500 yen B 3,500 yen
Youth tickets (under 25 years old) S 4,200 yen A 3,000 yen B 1,500 yen

‹WEB select 3 tickets› available for October concerts only [S seats only/ sold at WEB Ticket N-Kyo]

Of all the six October concerts, if you purchase more than three concerts at once, you can save 20% of Adults S ticket price. Sold at WEB Ticket N-Kyo. (Available until Friday 16 October 2020 23:59)


Tickets sale starts on:

Pre-sales: Tuesday 15 September 11:00am
Sales to general public: Thursday 17 September 11:00am


* For further information and where to make inquiries, please visit the website of each concert.


● Concert duration will be for about one hour without an intermission

● As measures for prevention of infectious diseases, only a limited number of seats will be sold and sufficient spacing will be taken between seats

● Depending on circumstances, performers and programs are subject to change or concerts may have to be cancelled.

● Please make sure to read “Advice for measures to prevent infectious diseases” before you purchase tickets or come to the concert hall.


Masaaki Suzuki, Conductor

鈴木雅明(指揮)First and foremost, Masaaki Suzuki’s performances of Bach are what have brought him international fame. Along with his performances as an organist and a harpsichordist, his activities with the Bach Collegium Japan, a choral and instrumental ensemble of period music he established in 1990, have borne fruit in modern day Bach performances. Included amongst Suzuki’s achievements is his grand project of recording Bach’s complete sacred and secular cantatas, which was initiated in 1995 and concluded in 2018, comprising sixty-five volumes.

In recent years, apart from the Bach Collegium Japan, he frequently works with overseas orchestras of both period and modern instruments, giving a fresh approach to the works of his wide range of repertoire, from Haydn to Mahler to Stravinsky. Until today, he has guest-conducted the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Suzuki studied composition and organ at the Tokyo University of the Arts and went onto study at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam under Ton Koopman and Piet Kee. He helped found the early music department at the Tokyo University of the Arts, where he taught for 20 years till 2010.

Among many awards Suzuki has received are the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2001), Medal with Purple Ribbon of the Japanese Government (2011) and the Suntory Music Award (2013), which he shares with Bach Collegium Japan. This is his first collaboration with the NHK Symphony Orchestra.