Sapporo Symphony Orchestra


Masterpiece SeriesConcert & Ticket

4/20 14:00~

Masterpiece Series 2019-2020 "Applause and Tchaikovsky" 2019.April.20(Sat)14:00~ Sapporo Concert Hall; Kitara

Masterpiece Series 2019-2020
Masterpiece Series 2019-2020
Masterpiece Series 2019-2020
Masterpiece Series 2019-2020
Masterpiece Series 2019-2020
Masterpiece Series 2019-2020


Conductor / Ken Takaseki

Piano / Can Çakmur, winner of the 10th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition

Song List

Mozart Symphony No.32
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 in E minor

2019-2020 A set of 5 Tickets for Masterpiece Series (SS are nearly sold out)

♪A set of 5 tickets :SS 20,000 yen, S 15,000 yen, A 12,000 yen, U25(A) 5,000 yen
♪Ticket Agencies:Kitara Ticket CenterDoshin Playguide
※Sale Period:Friday, March 15, 2019 to Thursday, April 18, 2019
※U25 are for those who born or after1994.

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Ken Takaseki(Conductor)

Ken Takaseki was born in Tokyo. He started to study piano and violin early in his childhood. He won the Karajan Competition in Japan in 1977 while he was still a student at the Toho Gakuen School of Music. After graduating from the school the following year, he left Japan to study at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy (Karajan Foundation) and worked as an assistant to Herbert von Karajan till 1985. During the summer of 1981, he studied under Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa at Tanglewood Festival. In the same year, he made his debut in Europe with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway. In 1983 he won the 2nd prize at the Nicolai Malco Competition for Young Conductors, and in 1984 he drew attention when he won the Hans Swarowsky Competition. In January 1985, he made his debut in Japan with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra at its subscription concert. In 1991 he conducted the NHK Symphony Orchestra at its subscription concert and received outstanding critical acclaim. In 1994, he toured around Europe with the Gunma Symphony Orchestra with great success performing in various places and on such occasions as Prague Spring International Music Festival and Festival of Vienna. Besides many orchestras in Japan, he has performed with Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, ,Bergen Symphony Orchestra, Denmark National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Deutche Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Klangforum Wien, and WDR Symphonie Orchester Koeln among others. In 1994, he toured around Europe with the Gunma Symphony Orchestra with great success. In February 2013 and April 2017, he conducted a subscription concerts of the St.Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, bringing out a full, rich sound from this distinguished Russian orchestra and receiving high praise from the audience and orchestra members. His opera conducting career includes Mozart’s DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (1990, 2007), LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (1991) and Monteverdi/Henze’s IL RITOMO d’ULISSE IN PATRIA (2009) with Tokyo Nikikai, Verdi’s FALSTAFF at a subscription concert of Gunma Symphony Orchestra (2003), Britten’s CURLEW RIVER at Sumida Triphony Hall (1997) and PETER GRIMES with The College Opera House Osaka (2013), Dan’s YUZURU at New National Theatre Tokyo(2011) and Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte at New National Theatre Tokyo Opera Studio(2017). Takaseki has earned the profound trust of artists. At the Pierre Boulez Kyoto Prize Workshop in 2009, for example, he received high praise from Pierre Boulez and such world-renowned soloists as Mischa Maisky, Itzhak Perlman, and in particular Martha Argerich, for his performances over the course of three concerts including the Japan premiere of a work by Rondion Schedrin. He was Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra (1986-1990); Conductor of the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra (1994-2000); Principal Conductor of the Century Orchestra Osaka (1997-2003); Music Director for the Gunma Symphony Orchestra (1993-2008); Resident Conductor for the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra (2003-2012); and currently he is a Principal Conductor of the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, Resident Conductor of the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Adviser of the Shizuoka Symphony Orchestra, Professor for conducting department, faculty of music of Tokyo University of the Arts and Principal Conductor of the Geidai Philharmonia Orchestra, Tokyo. He won Akeo Watanabe Foundation Music Award in 1996, Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Award in 2011 and Suntory Music Award 2018. In March 2019, he conducted Dan Ikuma's opera "Yuzuru" at Vladivostok and St. Petersburg, as part of the "Japan Year in Russia". (March 2019)


Can Çakmur, winner of the 10th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition(Piano)

Turkish pianist Can Çakmur (Pronounced: Djahn Tchakmur) is the first prizewinner of the 10th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in 2018 and the Scottish International Piano Competition in 2017. Çakmur has performed in concert halls such as Glasgow Concert Hall, Eindhoven Muziekgebouw, Lithuanian Philharmonic Hall, ACT City Hamamatsu or Fazioli Hall Sacile as well as the most important concert halls in his homeland, Turkey. He has appeared in the most important classical music festivals in Turkey; such as 43. Istanbul Music Festival, where he headlined the opening concert in 2015 with Borusan Istanbul Philarmonic Orchestra (BIPO) under Sascha Goetzel. In 2018 he has been re-invited for the “Festival Meetings” with the violinist Alican Süner and cellist Jamal Aliyev. He has also appeared in Bodrum D-Marin International Classical Music Festival, Ankara International Music Festival and Antalya Piano Festival. In 2014, at the age of with conductors such as Thomas Søndergård, Ken Takaseki, Gürer Aykal, Ender Sakpınar, Sacha Goetzel, Burak Tüzün, Alfonso Scarano,İbrahim Yazıcı, Joan Pages Valls and Modestas Barkauskas. He is the recipient of “2015 Young Musician Award” at Donizetti Classical Music Awards in Istanbul and the 2018 DAAD-Prize of University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar given for his “extraordinary contribution to the international life of the University”. He has also been awarded the 2018 Aydin Gün Encouragement Award by the Istanbul Music Festival. This season he will make his debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Kensho Watanabe as well as with major Japanese orchestras including the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. His debut SACD with BIS Records will be released in April 2019. As an avid writer and speaker, Çakmur has been writing monthly for the Andante Classical Music Magazine since 2015 and moderates his own concerts. In 2016, he was invited by the Istanbul Music Festival for a pre-concert talk before the 75th Birthday Recital of İdil Biret. He has also played in cities like Ordu or Tokat, where classical music is rarely heard, to spread classical music to a wider audience. Born in 1997 in Ankara, Çakmur began his music education with Leyla Bekensir and Ayşe Kaptan. His studies with Jun Kanno and Emre Şen, whom he studied with for six years, influenced him greatly. In 2012, next to his high school studies in Ankara, he was accepted to La Schola Cantorum in Paris to work with Marcella Crudeli. He received Diplome de Virtuosite with highest honours in 2014. Since 2012, he has had the chance to work with musicians such as Alan Weiss, Arie Vardi, Claudio Martinez-Mehner, Leslie Howard and Robert Levin among others. He also receives a scholarship from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein and participate regularly in the intensive music weeks and activities offered by the Academy. Çakmur currently pursues his studies with Grigory Gruzman in University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar and continues to work privately with Diane Andersen in Belgium. Can Çakmur is a part of “G & S Pekinel Young Musicians on the World Stages” scholarship program, supported by TUPRAS, and has been granted a grand piano to aid his studies.

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Ticket Information

Ticket Sale From Friday, March 15, 2019   Member Precedent Release : Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Ticket (SS)¥5,000 (S)¥4,000 (A)¥3,000
U25 (A)1,200 yen ※For the fiscal 2019, U25 are for those who were born on 1994 and beyond.
※Preschoolers cannot attend the concert.
※Sakkyo members can purchase SS and S seats with 10% discount.
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