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Posted on March 23, 2021

NHK Symphony Orchestra May Concerts

NHK Symphony Orchestra’s May concerts to replace its monthly subscription series have been finalized with the following details.


Under the baton of Tadaaki Otaka, Permanent Conductor, members of the NHK Symphony Orchestra will serve as soloists for all the works to be performed in the concerts at Suntory Hall on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 April! This can only be possible with the NHK Symphony Orchestra where accomplished players gather. Symphony No. 3 "Sinfonia sacra" in which four trumpets will be performed enthusiastically is a work by Polish composer Panufnik. This year marks 30th anniversary of his death. Conductor Tadaaki Otaka has devoted himself to Panufnik’s compositions as his lifework, therefore we are confident that he will display his affection in the performance.


For the concerts on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 April at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Keitaro Harada will take the podium. Maestro Harada received high acclaim conducting works of the American and Latin American repertoire in November 2020, and he will continue to take up a Latin repertoire this year. Bandoneon Concerto Aconcagua by the great Argentine tango composer Piazzolla which he will lead with Kazuma Miura, an up-and-coming bandoneon player, to commemorate the centenary of the composer’s birth, will gather particular attention.


To conduct the concerts on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 April at Suntory Hall is the veteran Junichi Hirokami. He will focus on Symphonie ~Au-delà du temps~ , the 60th Otaka Award winning work composed by his mentor Atsutada Otaka, who passed away in February 2021, for the Sendai Philharmonic at around the time when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit northern Japan in 2011. Kei Shirai who assumed the post of Guest Concertmaster of the NHK Symphony Orchestra in April 2020 will be the soloist for Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 to mark the composer’s bicentenary of birth.


Dates and Programs

[Suntory Hall] (Saturday & Sunday)

Saturday 15 May 2021 6:00p.m. & Sunday 16 May 2021 2:00p.m.

Tadaaki Otaka, conductor
Rei Tsujimoto, cello (NHK Symphony Orchestra Principal) Haydn
Yumi Yoshimura, oboe (NHK Symphony Orchestra Principal) Mozart
Kei Ito, clarinet (NHK Symphony Orchestra Principal) Mozart
Kazusa Mizutani, bassoon (NHK Symphony Orchestra Principal) Mozart
Nobuaki Fukukawa, horn (NHK Symphony Orchestra Principal) Mozart
Risako Hayakawa, harp (NHK Symphony Orchestra harpist) Debussy
Kazuaki Kikumoto, Tomoyuki Hasegawa, Tomoki Ando, Eiji Yamamoto, trumpet (NHK Symphony Orchestra trumpet section) Panufnik

Haydn / Cello Concerto No. 2 D Major Op. 101 Hob. VIIb-2
Mozart / Sinfonia Concertante for 4 Winds and Orchestra E-flat Major K. 297b
Debussy / Danse sacrée et danse profane
Panufnik / Symphony No. 3 "Sinfonia sacra"


[Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre] (Friday & Saturday)
Friday 21 May 2021 7:00p.m. & Saturday 22 May 2021 2:00p.m.

Keitaro Harada, conductor
Kazuma Miura, bandoneon
Guarnieri / Concerto for String Orchestra and Percussion[Japan Première]
Piazzolla / Bandoneon Concerto "Aconcagua"
Ginastera / Variaciones Concertantes Op. 23
Falla / "El sombrero de tres picos," ballet suite No. 1


[Suntory Hall] (Wednesday & Thursday)
Wednesday 26 May 2021 7:00p.m. & Thursday 27 May 2021 7:00p.m.

Junichi Hirokami, conductor
Kei Shirai, violin (NHK Symphony Orchestra Guest Concertmaster)
Tchaikovsky (McAlister) / String Quartet No. 1 Op. 11 - 2nd Movement "Andante Cantabile" (String Orchestra Version)
Saint-Saëns / Violin Concerto No. 3 B Minor Op. 61
Atsutada Otaka / Symphonie ~Au-delà du temps~


Ticket Prices

(Prices apply for all concerts / Reserved seating only)
Adults: S 7,000 yen A 5,800 yen B 4,500 yen C 3,500yen
Youth tickets (under 25 years old): S 3,500 yen A 2,900 yen B 2,250 yen C 1,750 yen


‹WEB Select 3 Tickets› available for May concerts only [S seats only/ sold at WEB Ticket N-Kyo]
Of all the 6 May concerts, if you purchase more than three concerts at once, you can save 20% of Adults S ticket price. (Available until Friday 14 May 2021 23:59)


Ticket sales starts at

Pre-sale: Thursday 1 April 11:00a.m.
Sales to general public:Tuesday 6 April 11:00a.m.


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


● As a preventative measure against infectious diseases, seats to be sold will be limited in some parts of the halls. Depending on the further develop.m.ent of the circumstances on the restrictions on public events under the recommendations by the National Government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, seating restrictions may be altered.

● Depending on circumstances, performers 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.