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Posted on October 30, 2020

NHK Symphony Orchestra December Concerts

NHK Symphony Orchestra’s December concerts to replace its December Subscription series have been finalized with the following details.


The concerts at NHK Hall and Suntory Hall will be conducted by Michiyoshi Inoue. Maestro Inoue has presented outstanding performances with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in recent years, and the orchestra’s October subscription concert last year for which he chose Shostakovich Symphony No.11 to perform was voted as the most memorable NHK Symphony Orchestra concert of 2019 by audiences. On the coming occasion, he will take up a Russian repertoire including symphonies by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich and Prokofiev’s ballet music. He will also conduct Japanese repertoire by Akira Ifukube including Ritmica Ostinata for piano and orchestra, the soloist for which will be Kanon Matsuda, an up-and-coming artist who has been performing both at home and abroad while continuing post-graduate studies at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.


The concerts at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre are led by Kazuyoshi Akiyama who will appear in the concerts hosted by the NHK Symphony Orchestra for the first time in a while. How this great veteran will present the performances together with the NHK Symphony Orchestra will be eagerly anticipated by audience in the all-Beethoven program to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth. The soloist for Violin Concerto will be Akiko Suwanai, who won the Tchaikovsky International Competition in 1990 as the youngest ever violinist in its history and has made numerous outstanding performances with the NHK Symphony Orchestra to date.


Dates and Programs

[NHK Hall]
Saturday 5 December 6:00pm & Sunday 6 December 3:00pm

Michiyoshi Inoue, conductor
Kanon Matsuda, piano
Shostakovich / Symphony No. 1 F Minor Op. 10
Ifukube / "Ritmica Ostinata," for piano and orchestra
Ifukube / Japanese Rhapsody


[Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre]
Friday 11 December 7:00pm & Saturday 12 December 2:00pm

Kazuyoshi Akiyama, conductor
Akiko Suwanai, violin
Beethoven / "Egmont,"
incidental music Op. 84 - Overture
Beethoven (Mahler) / String Quartet No. 11 F Minor Op. 95 "Serioso"(String Orchestra Version)
Beethoven / Violin Concerto D Major Op. 61


[Suntory Hall]
Wednesday 16 December 7:00pm & Thursday 17 December 7:00pm

Michiyoshi Inoue, conductor
Prokofiev / "Cinderella," ballet Op. 87 (Excerpts)
Tchaikovsky / Symphony No. 4 F Minor Op. 36


Ticket Prices

(Prices apply for all concerts / Reserved seating only)

[NHK Hall]
Adults: S 7,800 yen A 5,800 yen B 3,600 yen
Youth tickets (under 25 years old): S 3,900 yen A 2,900 yen B 1,800 yen

[Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre / Suntory Hall]
Adults: S 7,800 yen A 6,300 yen B 4,800 yen C 3,600yen
Youth tickets (under 25 years old): S 3,900 yen A 3,150 yen B 2,400 yen C 1,800yen

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

Of all the 6 December concerts, if you purchase more than three concerts at once, you can save 20% of Adults S ticket price. (Available until Friday 4 December 2020 23:59)


Tickets sale starts on:

Pre-sale: Thursday 5 November 11:00am
Sales to general public: Wednesday 11 November 11:00am


* For further inquiries and where to purchase pre-sale tickets, please visit the website of each concert.


● Concert durations will be about two hours with a 20-minute intermission.

● For the concerts at NHK Hall, a limited number of seats (about 1600 seats per concert) will be sold by keeping sufficient spacing between seats as measures against infection. For the concerts at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre and Suntory Hall, tickets for a similarly limited number of seats (about 1000 seats per concert) will be sold initially. If the government guidelines for the seating percentage restriction continue to be relaxed after the end of November, additional tickets may be sold. Details will be announced at our website whenever there are any other developments.

● 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.