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NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo
The 100th Subscription Concert at Orchard Hall

from June 27, 2018 to July 31, 2018 (JST)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 e minor op.64 47:58
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings C major op.48 – Valse (Encore) 5:41
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 e minor op.64 47:58
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings C major op.48 – Valse (Encore) 5:41
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 e minor op.64 47:58
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings C major op.48 – Valse (Encore) 5:41
Balance Engineer: Akira Fukada (dream window inc.)

Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor
NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo

Date and Time: Sunday, Jun 3, 2018 3:30p.m.
Venue: Bunkamura Orchard Hall
Concert Info: http://www.bunkamura.co.jp/english/orchard/20180603.html



©K.Miura/ Photo provided: Bunkamura

Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor

©Keith Saunders
Vladimir Ashkenazy was born in Gorky in the former Soviet Union (now Nizhny Novgorod). He studied piano at the Moscow Conservatory, and he won first prizes in the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels in 1956 and the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1962. He left the Soviet Union in 1963, and after acquiring Icelandic citizenship, he performed internationally and became one of the greatest pianists in the modern world. He started conducting in the 1970s, and assumed the positions of Music Director or Principal Conductor with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Czech Philharmonic and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He is Conductor Laureate of both the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, as well as Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana. In April 2018, he was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcon by the Icelandic government. He made his debut with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in its subscription concert in 2000, became the orchestra's Music Director in 2004 and Conductor Laureate in 2007. With the orchestra, he has recorded the complete symphonies of Beethoven and Tchaikovsky as well as works of Shostakovich and Ravel.

NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo

The history of the NHK Symphony Orchestra dates back to October 5th, 1926 when a professional orchestra called the New Symphony Orchestra was formed. After being briefly called the Japan Symphony Orchestra, it was renamed the NHK Symphony Orchestra when it began to receive full financial support from Nippon Hoso Kyokai (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) in 1951. During those years, the orchestra invited German conductor Joseph Rosenstock as its Chief Conductor, under whose baton the orchestra established the foundation to become Japan's leading orchestra. Thereafter, the orchestra continually invited many of the world's most renowned conductors of the time, including Herbert von Karajan, Ernest Ansermet, Joseph Keilberth and Lovro von Matačić, to name but a few, and worked with some of the world's most celebrated soloists to offer the public innumerable outstanding performances which have become entrenched as part of Japan's history of classical music. The subscription concerts series, which is the core of its activities, started on February 20th, 1927, and has continued without interruption ever since, even during the Second World War.
In recent years, the orchestra has presented approximately 120 concerts nationwide annually, including 54 subscription concerts which have been relayed to every corner of the country on NHK television and through FM radio broadcasts. The concerts can also be heard in Europe, the United States and Asia through its international broadcast service. It has also won world-wide acclaim for its overseas tours, including its first appearance in the Salzburg Festival in August 2013, and its European tour of 7 major cities including Berlin and Vienna in the spring of 2017.
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