Conductor Seiji Ozawa said Monday that Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto, a musical event in which he serves as general director, will be renamed Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival in 2015.
The use of the world-renowned Ozawa’s name is aimed at increasing worldwide recognition of the festival held every summer in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture.
Ozawa, 78, will continue to work as general director of the festival. No change will be made to the name of the Saito Kinen Orchestra, which plays the main role at the festival.
“We will work very hard,” Ozawa told a news conference in Tokyo. “With the support of my friends, I will establish a system that allows us to move forward and groom successors.
“This is what I’m supposed to accomplish,” Ozawa added.
Named after late conductor Hideo Saito, who mentored Ozawa and many others, Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto was launched in 1992.
Ozawa made the name change decision this year, which marks the 40th anniversary of Saito’s death.