Guide to Classical Music in Tokyo

© David Karlin
© David Karlin
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GUIDES & PREVIEWS

Wealth of jewels at Toyko's Suntory Hall

Four of the world's great orchestras are all set to celebrate cornerstones of their repertoire in the fabled acoustic of the recently renovated Suntory Hall.

Guide to Suntory Hall

To find upcoming performances at Suntory Hall as well as recent reviews and youtube video messages by various artists, check out their homepage here.

Art and classical music in Tokyo

Tokyo's array of culture is so extensive and diverse that it can bewilder a first time visitor. Here's our guide to how to start enjoying one of the world's great artistic cities.
INTERVIEWS

Meeting in Harmony: Suntory Hall

The spirit of Herbert von Karajan lives on in Tokyo's Suntory Hall, built in the quest for “the world's most beautiful sound”. In the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the hall is aiming to appeal to an increasingly global audience.

Paavo Järvi: Musical ambassador

Where is home for Paavi Järvi? The life of an international conductor consists of airports and hotel-hopping and Järvi’s passport is more well-travelled than most. 

Japan: Q & A with Aimi Kobayashi & Atsushi Ishikawa

To get a little understanding about Japan and its relationship with western classical music we spoke to Aimi Kobayashi (pianist) and (Atsushi Ishikawa) musicologist.
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TokyoCinderella

Prokofiev: Cinderella
Sir Frederick Ashton; The National Ballet of Japan; Martin Yates; Wendy Ellis Somes; David Walker [set designer]

TokyoSunday Matinée Series No. 202

Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125
Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra; Emmanuel Krivine; Inger Dam-Jensen; Kasumi Shimizu; Dominik Wortig; Hidekazu Tsumaya

TokyoSuntory Hall Organ Promenade Concert

TokyoBeethoven Symphony no.9

Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Christoph Eschenbach; Ai Ichihara; Etsuko Kanoh; Kei Fukui; Eijiro Kai

TokyoSaturday Matinée Series No. 202

Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125
Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra; Emmanuel Krivine; Inger Dam-Jensen; Kasumi Shimizu; Dominik Wortig; Hidekazu Tsumaya
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Heart and soul: Irina Lungu sings Traviata in Tokyo

Tokyo's New National Theatre is currently celebrating its twentieth anniversary season with three new productions and revivals of their most popular productions including Vincent Boussard’s minimal yet colourful Traviata.
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Refined Mahler in Tokyo

In the recently refurbished Suntory Hall, looking remarkably fresh with a newly refitted wooden stage, the Boston Symphony sounded elegant and sumptuous.
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Suntory Hall’s grand reopening with Rossini

Several of Tokyo’s finest collaborate in successfully delivering a re-opening concert at Suntory Hall
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Riveting Schumann and Schubert in Tokyo

Paarvo Järvi and the NHK Symphony give a riveting account of Schumann and Schubert.
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Steinberg brings Bohemia’s woods and fields to Tokyo

Tokyo’s NHK Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Pinchas Steinberg, gives a performance of perhaps the most famous of Bedrich Smetana’s works, a romantic tribute to his motherland, Má vlast.
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