Dutch conductor Hubert Soudant will make his final appearances with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra this month, before his contract with the organization officially expires in August.

The 68-year-old Soudant stepped down from his position as music director at the TSO in March, but will come back occasionally as a laureate conductor. He is followed in his role by British maestro Jonathan Nott.

When I first reported on Soudant, I described his work with the TSO as a love story and as Soudant reminisces about his first impressions of the orchestra, it indeed sounds like it could have even been love at first sight.