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Guide to Classical Music in Tokyo

© David Karlin
© David Karlin
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Guide to Suntory Hall

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Wealth of jewels at Toyko's Suntory Hall

Main Hall, Suntory Hall © 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.

Meeting in Harmony: Suntory Hall

Main Hall © 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

Paavo Järvi © Kaupo Kikkas
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. 

Art and classical music in Tokyo

Suntory Hall © David Karlin
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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March 2018
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Tokyo#13 RUBY [Afternoon Concert Series]

#13 RUBY [Afternoon Concert Series]
Respighi, Bottesini, Tchaikovsky
New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra; Toshiyuki Kamioka; Reo Watanabe

TokyoTokyo Opera City Series No.102

Tokyo Opera City Series No.102
Wagner, Prokofiev, Beethoven
Tokyo Symphony Orchestra; Josep Pons; Martin James Bartlett

Tokyo#586 TOPAZ [Triphony Series]

#586 TOPAZ [Triphony Series]
Schubert, Bartók, Schumann
New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra; Toshiyuki Kamioka; Yasushi Toyoshima

TokyoSchubert, Tchaikovsky

Schubert, Tchaikovsky
Schubert, Tchaikovsky
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra; Eliahu Inbal

TokyoSubscription Concert Series No.658

Subscription Concert Series No.658
Sibelius, Bruckner
Tokyo Symphony Orchestra; Mark Wigglesworth; Jennifer Pike
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Heart and soul: Irina Lungu sings Traviata in Tokyo

Irina Lungu (Violetta) and Antonio Poli (Alfredo) © Terashi Masahiko | New National Theatre, 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

Andris Nelsons © Suntory Hall
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

Giuseppe Sabbatini © Suntory Hall
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

Paavo Järvi © Kaupo Kikkas
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

© Pinchas Steinberg
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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