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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TokyoSubscription Concert No. 310

Tchaikovsky
Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra; Norichika Iimori; Yuya Okamoto

TokyoBrahms programme

Brahms
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Christoph Eschenbach

TokyoTokyo Symphony Orchestra Subscription Concert No. 654

Liszt, Schoenberg, Rachmaninov, Ravel
Tokyo Symphony Orchestra; Jonathan Nott; Yuka Ishimaru; Momo Kodama

TokyoMozart and Brahms

Mozart, Brahms
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Christoph Eschenbach

TokyoThe Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Wayne Eagling; The National Ballet of Japan; Alexei Baklan; Naoji Kawaguchi; Ayako Maeda; Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
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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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Mendelssohn in Tokyo: Luisi, Znaider and NHKSO

Nikolaj Znaider and Fabio Luisi, along with NHKSO Tokyo, re-stated the obvious truth of art music that “it is all about the details.”
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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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