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 ...

Musical Renaissance man brings us his world

Sep 4, 2009

Musical Renaissance man brings us his world

Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Egberto Gismonti will return to Japan this month. Born in 1947 to a family of musicians in Rio de Janeiro, Gismonti started learning piano, flute, clarinet and music theory at age 6. He began playing guitar at age 10. After 15 years ...

Japan premier of Sibelius' 'Tempest' to play in entirety

Aug 28, 2009

Japan premier of Sibelius' 'Tempest' to play in entirety

Among the events being held to mark the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Finland, a standout is the first performance in its entirety here of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’ music to Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest.” Sibelius (1865-1957) created seven symphonies, as ...

A coffee, not tea, ceremony

Aug 14, 2009

A coffee, not tea, ceremony

A traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony will delight visitors to the MOA Museum of Art in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture, Aug. 22-23. As the country in which coffee plants originated and were first cultivated, Ethiopia boasts a sophisticated culture of coffee ceremony. The ceremony is practiced ...

Brazilian Bach performed in rare entirety

Aug 7, 2009

Brazilian Bach performed in rare entirety

A concert featuring “Bachianas Brasileiras” (Brazilian Bach pieces) by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos takes place at Tokyo Opera City in Hatsudai on Aug. 22. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Villa-Lobos was taught to play instruments by his father and he taught himself composition. In ...