Commemorative Concert of the 100th Anniversary of Hidekazu Yoshida's Birth
Mito Chamber Orchestra
The 89th Regular Concert
January 17 (Fri.), 2014, to January 19 (Sun.), 2014
- Seiji Ozawa ©Shintaro Shiratori
- Nathalie Stutzmann ©Simon Fowler
[Part I] Nathalie Stutzmann (Conductor)
Mendelssohn: The Hebrides, Op.26,"Fingal's Cave"
Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 in A major, Op.90
[Part II] Seiji Ozawa (Conductor)
Beethoven: Symphony No.4 in B flat major, Op.60
[All seats reserved]S￥15,000, A￥12,500, B￥10,000
January 17 (Fri): Start19:00/Open18:30
January 19 (Sun): Start14:00/Open13:30
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Harking from the city that later became Shenyang, China, Seiji Ozawa started taking piano lessons at an early age after his family's return to Japan in 1944, later studying conducting under Hideo Saito at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo. In 1959, he captured the grand prize at the 9th International Besançon Competition for Young Conductors in France. After receiving further instruction under Herbert von Karajan, Ozawa served as assistant conductor for the New York Philharmonic during the 1961-62 season, honing his craft under Leonard Bernstein. He subsequently served as the musical director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and from 1973 to 2002 directed the Boston Symphony Orchestra as principal conductor. Between 2002 and 2010, Ozawa was the musical director of the Vienna State Opera.
Ozawa has also expanded his scope of activity to include educational enterprises aimed at training the next generation of musicians. Since 1992, he has led the Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto, and in 2000 he opened the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy (formerly called the Ongaku-juku) for the primary purpose of educating young musicians. In addition, he founded the Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland in 2005 targeted at music students in Europe. Later, in 2011, he founded the non-profit Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy Okushiga, Asia to open the doors more broadly for superlative music students from the Asian region.
In 2008, Ozawa was awarded the Order of Culture by the Japanese government. In 2010, he was bestowed the status of emeritus member of the Vienna Philharmonic. The following year, he was given the 23rd Praemium Imperiale award (World Cultural Award in memory of Prince Takamatsu), an annual arts prize awarded since 1989 by Japan's imperial family.
In 2013, Ozawa was appointed the second director general of Art Tower Mito (ATM), following in the footsteps of Hidekazu Yoshida, who had served in that capacity for 22 years. He also continues to work as the general director of the Mito Chamber Orchestra (MCO), guiding its management.
Not only is Nathalie Stutzmann a world-famous contralto, she has also recently embarked on a new career as a conductor.
As a singer, Stutzmann has performed under such notable conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Simon Rattle, Mariss Jansons, and Christoph Eschenbach, and with various major orchestras around the world, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, and the London Symphony Orchestra, among others. She also has given recitals worldwide with the Swedish pianist, Inger Södergren.
Stutzmann studied conducting under the renowned Finnish professor Fiona Panula, refining her craft further under Seiji Ozawa and Sir Simon Rattle. In 2009, fulfilling a lifelong dream, she created the Orfeo 55 chamber orchestra, which she now leads. The group boasts a vast repertoire stretching from the Baroque era to Romantic and modern music, and employs both original period instruments and modern ones with equal ease. She has also made frequent appearances as a guest conductor, and is slated to lead the Orchestre National de Lyon, Valencia Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, and the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, among others, in the upcoming season.
Stutzmann first appeared at Art Tower Mito in a recital given in 2004, in which she gave a master performance of Schubert’s Winterreise. She has performed jointly with the Mito Chamber Orchestra three times so far, to rave reviews, beginning with the 30th Regular Concert in 1997, in which she performed Ravel’s Histoires naturelles, followed by the 52nd Regular Concert in 2002, singing Wagner's Wesendonck Liede, and the 74th Regular Concert in 2008, singing in Vivaldi's Stabat Mater.
Mito Chamber Orchestra
The 89th Regular Concert
Concert Hall ATM
Mito Arts Foundation
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