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Posted 2021.11.30 at 15:00

Change in conductor and soloist of December Ikebukuro Program C

Due to the tightening of border controls to prevent the omicron variant from spreading, the government has banned all incoming new foreign visitors to Japan effective November 29th, therefore Vasily Petrenko (conductor) and Daniel Müller-Schott (cello), who were scheduled to appear in Ikebukuro Program C of the December Subscription Concerts, are not able to come to Japan. Hence there will be a change in conductor and soloist. The program remains the same. We appreciate your kind understanding.


The 1946th Subscription Concert Ikebukuro Program C at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
(changes are underlined)


Friday, December 10th 7:30pm / Saturday, December 11th 2:00pm
Conductor: Gaetano d'Espinosa
Cello: Haruma Sato *
Tchaikovsky / "Variations on a Rococo Theme," Op. 33*
Mussorgsky / Ravel / "Tableaux d'une exposition," suite


Please note the artists and programs for the 1945th Subscription Concerts Ikebukuro Program A (at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre on Sat. Dec. 4th / Sun. Dec. 5th) and the 1947th Subscription Concerts Program B (at Suntory Hall on Wed. Dec. 15th / Thu. Dec. 16th) remain the same as were announced on November 8th.


Gaetano d’Espinosa, conductor

Sicilian-born Gaetano d’Espinosa began his musical career as a violinist, serving as the concertmaster of the Staatskapelle Dresden from 2003 to 2008, then he started to focus on conducting encouraged by Fabio Luisi. From 2012 to 2017 he served as Principal Guest Conductor of l’Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi while being invited by many Italian orchestras. He has also won artistic acclaim as an operatic conductor. In May 2022, he will conduct the Staatskapelle Dresden in a program including the world premiere performance of Jörg Herchet’s new composition. This is his 4th collaboration with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the first being in April 2012.


Haruma Sato, cello

In 2019, Haruma Sato became the first Japanese to win the ARD International Music Competition and quickly came to an international spotlight. In the previous year, he won the 1st and special prizes at the Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition. Among the awards he has earned are the 1st prize and Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) prize at the Student Music Concours of Japan, 1st prize, along with the Tokunaga and the Kuroyanagi awards at the Music Competition of Japan and 1st prize at the Domenico-Gabrielli-Competition. He has worked with orchestras at home and abroad, and also has been active in chamber music performances. He appeared at the “Chopin and his Europe” Festival held in Warsaw in 2018, and in the following year, he held a recital to mark his full-scale professional debut. The Senses - Brahms collection, his debut album, was released on a prestigious label in November 2020, and his second album titled SOUVENIR - Debussy & Franck was released in November this year.
He has studied under Ryoichi Hayashi, Nobuko Yamazaki and Kenji Nakagi, and currently under Jens Peter Maintz at the Universität der Künste Berlin (Berlin University of the Arts). He plays an Enrico Rocca 1903 cello on loan from the Munetsugu Collection. He is currently a resident of Berlin. He first worked with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in October 2021, and this is his first appearance in the orchestra’s subscription series.