Jan 23, 2009

Vienna's Arming strikes the right note

“During these five years, we have often tackled contemporary works,” says Austrian conductor Christian Arming, music director of the New Japan Philharmonic (NJP) since 2003. “I believe that broadened our horizon.” Born in Vienna, Arming, 37, studied at the city’s University of Music and ...

Vienna's Arming strikes the right note

Jan 23, 2009

Vienna's Arming strikes the right note

“During these five years, we have often tackled contemporary works,” says Austrian conductor Christian Arming, music director of the New Japan Philharmonic (NJP) since 2003. “I believe that broadened our horizon.” Born in Vienna, Arming, 37, studied at the city’s University of Music and ...

Pianist Kawai seeks out the real Chopin

Jan 9, 2009

Pianist Kawai seeks out the real Chopin

“I had the sense I was on a mission when I decided to do this project,” recounts Poland-based Japanese pianist Yuko Kawai, who has been introducing authentic versions of the works of Chopin (1810-49) — as restored in musical scores published as the National ...

Film project delivers 'live' operas from U.K.

Dec 12, 2008

Film project delivers 'live' operas from U.K.

Performances by two acclaimed U.K. opera ensembles — Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the Royal Opera House — will take place in movie theaters nationwide from Dec. 20 as the opening features of U.K. Opera @ Cinema, which is being presented by Sony Corp. A ...

Henri Barda Piano Recital

Dec 12, 2008

Henri Barda Piano Recital

The veteran French pianist Henri Barda will hold a recital in Tokyo next week for the first time in six years. Born in 1941 and raised in Cairo, Barda’s prodigious talent was recognized when he was 6 years old by the Polish-immigrant pianist Ignace ...

Orchestra brings best of Venezuela's youth

Dec 5, 2008

Orchestra brings best of Venezuela's youth

The miraculous Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela will delight Japanese audiences during their first performances in this country, from Dec. 17 to 19. The SBYO, based in Caracas and conducted by young Venezuelan maestro Gustavo Dudamel, is well known for its highly advanced ...

One wicked tale from the other Japanese puppets

Dec 4, 2008

One wicked tale from the other Japanese puppets

Founded in 1635 by Youki Magosaburo I, Youkiza is the oldest marionette theater in Tokyo and the only remaining troupe among the five theaters from the Edo Period (1603-1867) — three kabuki and two marionette — that were officially recognized and financially supported by ...

A Flowering Tree

Nov 21, 2008

A Flowering Tree

American opera director Peter Sellars will stage the Japanese premiere of “A Flowering Tree” in Tokyo on Dec. 6. Although many people think of opera as old-fashioned, it has evolved with the times. With composers and directors pouring blood, sweat and tears into finding ...