conductor / Junichi Hirokami
piano / Kei Ito
|Akira Ifukube||Triptyque Aborigène|
|Mozart||Piano Concerto No. 20|
|Beethoven||Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”|
■hitaru Subscription Concert Series No. 16 The final concert to conclude this year’s hitaru Subscription Concert Series is devotional concert to Peace and Nature. Akira Ifukube wrote “Triptyque Aborigène” in Akkishi, Hokkaido, which describes Landscape of Ainu with 14 chamber musicians. Ifukube was born in Kushiro and had relationships with Ainu people, and wrote number of pieces that explain fear or dread to nature. Ifukube is one of the very important composers for our orchestra. The next piece is with Ms. Kei Ito, who played number of times with Sapporo Symphony Orchestra. She hopes to present “Dreamlike” and “Operatic” piano. The concert concludes with “Pastorale,” pray for peace after storm.
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 start 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.
Kei Itoh studied piano with Kazuko Ariga since her childhood. After graduating Toho Gakuen High School, she went on to study at Universität Mozarteum Salzburg and Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover where she studied with Hans Leygraf. Since 1979, she has won numerous awards at international competitions including the top prize at the 32nd Internationalen Musikwettbewerbs der ARD München in 1983, for which she was the first Japanese to win the award in piano division. In the same year, she made her Munich debut with Bayerische Staatsorchester conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch. In 1987, she began recording a CD series of Schumanniana, a collection of piano works by Robert Schumann. In 2015, her CD “Franz Schubert Klavierwerke 6” won the 53rd Record Academy Award and the 70th time Agency for Cultural Affairs art festival prize. Her latest album is Beethoven Klavierwerke 2 released in May 2020. She has performed with numerous orchestras in and outside of Japan including Symphonieorchesterdes Bayerischen Rundfunks, SWF Sinfonieorchester Baden Baden und Freiburg, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orkiestra Filharmonii Narodowej w Warszawie, and Ceská filharmonie. Itoh was invited to a judge at Concours de Genève International Music Competition in 2018. She is currently a professor at Tokyo University of the Arts and a guest professor at Toho Gakuen College Music Department.
|Ticket Sale||From Friday, November 10, 2023 Member Precedent Release ： Wednesday, November 8, 2023|
U25 (A or B)1,500 yen ※for anyone born on 1998 or later for the fiscal 2023. Need to show your birth certificate.
※Preschoolers cannot attend the concert.
※Premium Seat 8,000 yen (limited seats)／1st floor Center or 2nd floor the first row- only from Lawson Tickets
※Smile Seat(may have poor stage view 2,000 yen; already selected seat on sale on the day of the concert; available on the day of the concert only)
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