Saito Kinen Festival to be renamed after maestro Ozawa

Aug 4, 2014

Saito Kinen Festival to be renamed after maestro Ozawa

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 ...

Ailing conductor Ozawa returns to podium in Europe

Jun 27, 2014

Ailing conductor Ozawa returns to podium in Europe

Conductor Seiji Ozawa took the baton Thursday before an ensemble of 25 or so young string players from the academy he founded in Rolle, Switzerland. The performance for local residents at the courtyard of an ancient castle on Lake Geneva was the first outside ...

Seiji Ozawa takes to the stage for Mozart opera

Apr 8, 2014

Seiji Ozawa takes to the stage for Mozart opera

by Chiho Iuchi

It is certainly good to see Maestro Seiji Ozawa back at the podium again. Japan’s most celebrated conductor made a triumphant return to the Saito Kinen Festival last summer after having taken two years off due to bad health. He took a rest after ...

Seiji Ozawa ends summer on high note

Sep 25, 2013

Seiji Ozawa ends summer on high note

by Chiho Iuchi

Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe reportedly once said “God is in the details.” Conductor Seiji Ozawa would literally agree. He meets The Japan Times at a cafe he frequents in Tokyo’s Seijo district.

Jun 13, 2013

Conductor Ozawa cancels Swiss lessons

Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland said Tuesday that the Japanese conductor has decided not to participate in this year’s lessons starting June 22, saying he has caught the flu. A source familiar with the matter said Ozawa hopes to be fully ready for his ...

Pianist Onishi to come out of retirement

May 2, 2013

Pianist Onishi to come out of retirement

by Shaun Mckenna

Pianist Junko Onishi will come out of retirement to perform one more time, at the finale of this year’s Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto in Nagano Prefecture. According to a statement released Friday, the 46-year-old musician was convinced to come back to the stage by ...

Ozawa conducts choir of elementary schoolers

Feb 28, 2013

Ozawa conducts choir of elementary schoolers

Conductor Seiji Ozawa performed Wednesday in public for the first time since ill health forced him to suspend his musical activities last March, conducting a choir of 340 elementary school pupils in Kawasaki. The 77-year-old maestro conducted the singing of a song titled “Hiroi ...

Ozawa to make comeback at Nagano festival

Feb 20, 2013

Ozawa to make comeback at Nagano festival

World-renowned conductor Seiji Ozawa will make a comeback in August at the Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto, conducting French composer Maurice Ravel’s opera “The Child and the Spells,” the festival’s organizing committee said. The 77-year-old maestro will conduct the Saito Kinen Orchestra on Aug. 23, ...