Monthly focus: Music in Asia

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© David Karlin | Bachtrack Ltd
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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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TokyoHaydn, Hosokawa, Mendelssohn

Haydn, Hosokawa, Mendelssohn
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Charles Dutoit; Anna Prohaska

NagoyaThe 59th Famous Works Series "Beethoven Zyklus IV"

Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125
Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra; Kazuhiro Koizumi; Shigeko Hata; Akiko Tomioka; Keiroh Ohara; Kei Yonashiro

Hong KongThibaudet play Gershwin

Chen, Gershwin, Elgar
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; Long Yu; Jean-Yves Thibaudet

TokyoCinderella

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

Shizuoka City76th Subscription Concert

Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125
Shizuoka Symphony Orchestra; Yasuo Shinozaki; Miwako Handa; Kazuko Nagai; Osamu Igarashi; Hiroaki Otsuka

SapporoBeethoven's 9th Symphony

Mozart, Beethoven
Sapporo Symphony Orchestra; Junichi Hirokami; Eri Nakamura; Ikuko Nakajima; Hiroyuki Yoshida; Eijiro Kai
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Dutoit and Lugansky capture hearts in Hong Kong

Dutoit, Lugansky and the HK Phil perform at their finest in famous French and Russian repertoire.
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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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Mixed performances from Simon Rattle and the Berlin Phil in Hong Kong

Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra are at a distance from performing at their usual top form in their returning concert in Hong Kong.
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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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Anomalies and good cheer in Hong Kong

What started with anomalies with the Hong Kong Phil ended in triumphant good cheer.
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Blazing Mahler 5 from Jaap van Zweden and the HK Phil

Yuja Wang joins Jaap van Zweden and the Hong Kong Philharmonic for Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto. 
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