The ascendancy of a Japanese maestro

/ | Sep 24, 2016

The ascendancy of a Japanese maestro

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In the past few months, the media has been pleasantly surprised at the sudden ascendancy of some noteworthy Japanese women, mainly in the realm of politics. Since pianist Hiroko Nakamura passed away in July, the media has been filled with obituaries that paid tribute ...

Boston Symphony is rhapsodizing over its orchestral Grammy

Feb 18, 2016

Boston Symphony is rhapsodizing over its orchestral Grammy

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The Grammys weren't just about Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift. The Boston Symphony Orchestra is rhapsodizing over its win for Best Orchestral Performance. The orchestra also has a partial claim to the Grammy for Best Opera Recording, which involved former conductor Seiji Ozawa. BSO musical director ...

Conductor Ozawa, filmmaker Lucas receive U.S. cultural award

Dec 6, 2015

Conductor Ozawa, filmmaker Lucas receive U.S. cultural award

Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa and Star Wars filmmaker George Lucas were among the artists who received this year's Kennedy Center Honors award Saturday for their lifetime contribution to American culture. Ozawa took part in an award ceremony along with the three other recipients — singer-songwriter ...

Maestro Ozawa hopes Japan will remain a country of peace

Jun 22, 2015

Maestro Ozawa hopes Japan will remain a country of peace

Renowned conductor Seiji Ozawa expressed hope over the weekend that Japan will remain a country that does not engage in war, as it has been since the end of World War II 70 years ago. The 79-year-old conductor, in an exclusive interview in Rolle, Switzerland, ...

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 Japan ...

Seiji Ozawa takes to the stage for Mozart opera

Apr 8, 2014

Seiji Ozawa takes to the stage for Mozart opera

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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 that ...