Monthly focus: Music in Asia

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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. 
Postcard from Tokyo

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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Playing cello through the Cultural Revolution

I entered the Shanghai Conservatoire after the Cultural Revolution, towards 1978. When I arrived in Belgium, I was 23 years old and I didn't speak a word of French.
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Preview: HK Arts Festival 2017

The 2017 Hong Kong Arts Festival features specialists in a wide variety of forms and a sampling of the eclectic: music from Monteverdi to Gainsbourg and African kora, dance from classical to Pina Bausch, opera from Janáček.
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Brett Dean and Beethoven rub shoulders in Hong Kong

Australian composer Brett Dean’s compositions appear in the 8th Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival next January, where he is composer-in-residence.
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Forging a Ring and new audiences in Hong Kong

Raff Wilson, Director of Artistic Planning of the Hong Kong Philharmonic offers valuable insights into his planning process ahead of the orchestra’s 2016-17 season.
LOCAL PERSPECTIVES AROUND ASIA
Postcard from Beijing

China: A Glance at the Beijing Arts Scene

Reviewer Catherine Sutherland is living and working in Beijing and here she gives her picks of the venues offering everything from stand-up comedy to Chinese Opera. 

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.

China: Q & A with cellist Jingzhuo Zhang

We interview Jingzhuo Zhang, a young cellist now studying at RAM but who grew up in China.

Korea: Q & A with Yoon-Jee Kim

We speak to Yoon-Jee Kim about growing up in Seoul and she explains in fascinating detail the differences between growing up here and in the US.
Competition tips

Competition tips: Elim Chan

We continue our competition tips series with Elim Chan, winner of the Donatella Flick Competition in 2014.
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Competition tips: Seong-Jin Cho

We continue our competition tips series with Seong-Jin Cho, winner of the International Chopin Piano Competition 2015.
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TokyoSuntory Hall 2017 Daiwa House Special Re-Opening Concert

Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle
Tokyo Symphony Orchestra; Giuseppe Sabbatini; Davide Mariano; Tamayo Yoshida; Sonia Prina; John Ken Nuzzo

Hong KongSeason Opening: Jaap and Yuja

Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; Jaap van Zweden; Yuja Wang

Hong KongYuja and Friends: A Chamber Night

Tchaikovsky, Brahms
Yuja Wang; Jing Wang; Andrew Ling; Richard Bamping

Hong KongHong Kong Sinfonietta: UpClose Encounters: Chamber Music & Dialogue with David Kadouch

Satie, Debussy, Franck
David Kadouch; Cheuk-yin Clement Luu; Hoai-nam Le; Tsz-shun Elvis Chan

TokyoYuko Hisamoto Mozart Zyklus Vol. 3

Mozart
Yuko Hisamoto, Piano

Hong KongYuja's Beethoven & Mahler 5

Beethoven, Mahler
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; Jaap van Zweden; Yuja Wang
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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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Modernism trumps romanticism with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta

Stravinsky and Arvo Pärt’s modernism trumps Rachmaninov’s romanticism with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. 
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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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Jaap van Zweden’s artistic vision triumphs

Jaap van Zweden to Alma Mahler: the Sixth Symphony couldn't be one of autobiographical clairvoyance – a triumph in artistic vision.
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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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Pride and joy with Elim Chan and the Hong Kong Phil

Elim Chan's homecoming in an evening of pride and joy with the Hong Kong Phil.
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