Conductor / Junichi HIROKAMI
Piano / Michie KOYAMA
|Toru TAKEMITSU||Archipelago S.|
|BEETHOVEN||Piano Concerto No. 3|
|R. Strauss||Ein Heldenleben|
Opening of 2022 is the celebrative concert of a new titled conductor. Our first Subscription Concert presents “Ein Heldenleben” by Richard Strauss. Mo. Junichi Hirokami is now our Friendship Conductor from this April, without a word of “guest.” There will also be a solo by Ms. Ribon Aida our new concertmaster. The concert starts with Takemitsu’s Archipelago S., which the orchestra performs for the first time. Twenty-one players separate into five groups like studded islands in the sea. Acoustics of the Kitara Hall will surely be effective. 【Important】 Change of the soloist in the 644th Subscription Concert on April 23 and 24 Mr. Dezso RANKI, Hungarian pianist who was to appear in our 644th Subscription Concert scheduled on April 23 and 24, is unable to be with us. The condition of COVID-19 pandemic status and Russian invasion of Ukraine, the country that sets its border with Hungary, do not allow him to be in the best condition both mentally and physically. Ms. Michie Koyama will be appearing instead. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Ms. Koyama who has accepted our sudden request. ※Website of Mr. Dezso Ranki (Japanese only)： https://www.hirasaoffice06.com/index.html ●This concert will be held following the guidelines in prevention of COVID-19 infection. Details of our action is announced on our website. The concert may be cancelled or changed in case of breakout of COVID-19. ●There will be no refund of tickets unless the concert cancelled due to force majeure. Please consider your body condition when purchasing the tickets of the concerts. (as of January 2022
Born in Tokyo, Junichi Hirokami studied piano, composition and music under Atsutada Otaka. Then studied conducting and graduated at Tokyo College of Music. Winner at the first Kondrashin International Conducting Competition in Amsterdam at the sage of 26 in 1984. Since 1990, Junichi Hirokami has appeared as guest conductor with major orchestras throughout the world including the Orchestre National de France, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, and Wiener Symphoniker. Apart from guest appearance he had served as Chief Conductor of Sweden's Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Chief Conductor of the Limburg Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Principal Conductor of Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. In recent years, he has been a guest conductor of orchestras which include the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, L'Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. In Japan he has conducted all the major orchestras including NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Saito Kinen Orchestra. He also received great acclaim for his appearance with the Mito Chamber Orchestra. He is prolific in opera as well, having led celebrated performances of "Un ballo in maschera" and "Rigoletto" at the the Sydney Opera House, and his most recent triumphs include "La Traviata" at the Fujiwara Opera, "Le Nozze di Figaro" and "Ainadamar" at the Nissay Theatre, and "La Traviata" and "Aida" at the New National Theatre. From 2008 to 2022 Hirokami has achieved a golden era in Kyoto as Chief Conductor as well as Music and Artistic Advisor of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra for 14 years. In 2015 he received 46th prestigious Suntory Music Award with Kyoto Symphony Orchestra together. Currently he serves as Friend of JPO / Artistic Advisor at Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and Friendship Conductor at Sapporo Symphony Orchestra (from April 2022). Furthermore he will starts his tenure as Artistic Leader at Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa from 2022/23 season. He serves as professor of conducting division at Tokyo College of Music.
Celebrated and gifted, Koyama is one of Japan's leading pianists. Since winning awards at both the International Tchaikovsky Competition and the International Chopin Piano Competition at the start of her career, she has consistently remained at the forefront of her instrument, ceaselessly performing concertos, solo recitals, and chamber music. The monumental project she began in 2006 to give 24 recitals over the span of 12 years, one each in fall and spring, will conclude in fall of 2017. It was held in six cities: Tokyo (Bunkamura Orchard Hall), Osaka, Sapporo, Sendai, Nagoya, and Fukuoka. She has appeared not only with the major Japanese orchestras, but also with the Moscow Radio Orchestra (now the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra), Berlin Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, Warsaw Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, as well as with many internationally renowned conductors including Fedoseyev, Temirkanov, Dutoit, Marriner, and Ozawa. She has served on the juries of competitions including the International Chopin Piano Competition--in 2010, the year marking the 200th anniversary of Chopin's birth--the International Tchaikovsky Competition, the Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition, and the ARD International Music Competition. Following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, she has gone to perform at schools and public facilities in areas affected by the disaster, and in Sendai in 2015 she started a project of which she is the executive producer, entitled, "Bolero: Plaza of Children's Dreams." She has an exclusive CD contract with Sony Music Japan International. Her 30th and most recent recording for the label, her first Bach album, of the Goldberg Variations, received a special commendation from the magazine "Record Geijutsu." Koyama has also published a book of her own essays, published by KADOKAWA. She has been awarded the 2005 Agency for Cultural Affairs National Arts Festival Grand Prize for Music, the 2013 TonenGeneral Music Award in Western Classical Music, a 2013 Japan Record Academy Award for Instrumental Music (for her album, "Chaconne"), the 2015 NHK Symphony Orchestra Arima Prize, and the 2015 Agency for Cultural Affairs National Arts Festival Excellence Award for Music, in addition to a Music Award at the 28th Music Pen Club Award for Solo Performance of Classical Music in 2015, and an Arts Award from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2016. Koyama completed both her undergraduate and graduate studies at the Tokyo University of the Arts(formerly the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music). She studied under Michiko Yoshida and Hiroshi Tamura.
|Ticket Sale||From Wednesday, March 9, 2022|
U25 (B,C)1,500 yen
※For the fiscal 2022, U25 are for those who are born on 1997 or after.
※Smile Seats (may have poor stage view) 2,000 yen on sale on the day of the concert only.
※Preschoolers cannot attend the concert.
※Sakkyo Subscribers can purchase each ticket with 500 yen discount (not for U25, and no other discount applicable.) ※Tickets can be chosen from midnight of a day after the ticket sale (Lawson Ticket). ※Seating patterns for this concert is normal, that is there will be no space between each seat. Ticket may be sold out if regulation is announced by the governmental organizations. ※Babysitting service is available with advance booking. Call Sapporo Sitter Service 011-281-0511 (paid service)
|Organizer||Sapporo Symphony Orchestra|
|Nominal Support||Hokkaido, City of Sapporo, Sapporo Board of Education|
|Subsidy||Agency of Culture, Japan Arts Council|
|Inquiry||Sapporo Symphony Orchestra +81(0)11-520-1771|