Cost-cutting brings classics to the masses

Apr 2, 2010

Cost-cutting brings classics to the masses

“Rather than managing an opera house, I wanted to create a ‘structure’ for a new event,” says French producer Rene Martin in a book published in Japan last month titled “How a Classical Music Festival Gathered 1 Million People.” After being inspired by the ...

Israeli confronts past by mastering Wagner

Mar 12, 2010

Israeli confronts past by mastering Wagner

Rising Israeli conductor Dan Ettinger will complete, in Tokyo in March, his first series of performances of “The Ring of the Nibelung,” a cycle of four linked operas by 19th-century composer Richard Wagner. Wagner’s music has been unofficially forbidden to be performed in Israel. ...

Suntory Hall closes opera series with racy tale from Mozart

Feb 26, 2010

Suntory Hall closes opera series with racy tale from Mozart

“Cosi fan tutte” (“Women are like that”), composed in 1790, was regarded as an immoral tale of fiancee swapping during the 19th century. While it offended sensibilities then, today the work is considered one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s most sophisticated operas, and it will ...

Mexico Music Festival 2010

Dec 25, 2009

Mexico Music Festival 2010

Yuriko Kuronuma, a renowned Japanese violinist based in Mexico, never gives up. Kuronuma has reorganized the Mexico Music Festival, which commemorates 400 years of relations between Mexico and Japan. The event was scheduled to be held last May, but was canceled due to the ...

Fleisher to hold workshops

Oct 2, 2009

Fleisher to hold workshops

Suntory Hall welcomes U.S. pianist Leon Fleisher at a music workshop this month. The Professional Training Workshops are organized by the Weil Music Institute at New York’s Carnegie Hall, with which Suntory Hall has been in partnership since 2006. The weeklong program includes coaching ...

There's a new maestro in town

Sep 25, 2009

There's a new maestro in town

The New York Philharmonic led by conductor Alan Gilbert, who debuted as its new music director at the opening gala concert on Sept. 16, heads off for an Asian tour in October, with Tokyo as the first stop. “I pretty much grew up with ...

Sep 18, 2009

Irina Mejoueva

Irina Mejoueva, a Japan-based Russian pianist, always appears on stage with scores — but not because she can’t memorize the pieces she performs. “I am a performer. Since I am not a composer, the piece exists only in the score,” she remarks with a ...

Pianist Lang to give free show

Sep 18, 2009

Pianist Lang to give free show

Chinese pianist Lang Lang will give a special performance at an event by UNICEF in Tokyo’s Odaiba district on Sept. 21. Born in 1982 in Shenyang, northeast China, Lang was introduced to piano at 2 years old via the cartoon TV show “Tom and ...

Irina Mejoueva

Sep 18, 2009

Irina Mejoueva

Irina Mejoueva, a Japan-based Russian pianist, always appears on stage with scores — but not because she can’t memorize the pieces she performs. “I am a performer. Since I am not a composer, the piece exists only in the score,” she remarks with a ...

La Scala tour showcases Milan's finest

Sep 11, 2009

La Scala tour showcases Milan's finest

La Scala is currently on its sixth Japan tour through Sept. 17. Inaugurated in 1778, Milan’s La Scala opera house has been a legend in the opera world. Since its first visit to Japan in 1981, La Scala’s performances have fascinated opera fans, leading ...