Guide to Classical Music in Tokyo

© David Karlin
© David Karlin
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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.
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Guide to the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo

To find upcoming performances of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo as well as recent reviews and our latest interview with Paavo Järvi, check out their homepage here.
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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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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TokyoThe Day of Orchestra

Sibelius, Stravinsky
The Day of Orchestra Festival Orchestra; Shigeo Genda; Svetlin Roussev

TokyoNHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo

Einem, Mendelssohn, Mahler
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Fabio Luisi; Nikolaj Znaider

TokyoNHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo

Beethoven, Brahms
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Fabio Luisi; Beatrice Rana

TokyoTokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra

Takemitsu, Berg, Bruckner
Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra; Ken Takaseki; Yuzuko Horigome

TokyoNew Japan Philharmonic

Wagner, Bruckner
New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra; Toshiyuki Kamioka; Kathrin Göring
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Soul-searching: Sir András Schiff in Tokyo

With thought-inspiring programming, Schiff played the penultimate sonatas of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert.
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An enchanting Barber visits Tokyo

New National Theatre Tokyo hosts a stylish and humorous Il barbiere di Siviglia. 
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Big surprises from the Japan Philharmonic

A sensational young Japanese violinist and a sensational, little-known Fifth Symphony brought high approval ratings from the audience at a Japan Philharmonic, all-Russian concert last Friday.
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Surprises from Tokyo’s “newspaper” orchestra

One of Japan’s leading orchestras, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, turned in performances of two warhorses as different as night and day: Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, curiously understated, and Brahms' Fourth Symphony, surging with power and passion.
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Thielemann fails to scale the Alpine Symphony's peaks

Pianist Kit Armstrong proved that prodigious talent and good taste can be found in the same artist, while Christian Thielemann disappoints in Strauss’ blockbusting Alpine Symphony.
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