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

Je suis rentré au Conservatoire de Shanghai après la révolution culturelle, vers 1978. Quand je suis arrivé en Belgique, j’avais 23 ans et je ne parlais pas un mot de français.
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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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KyotoMahler

Mahler: Symphony no. 8 in E flat major "Symphony of a Thousand"
Kyoto Symphony Orchestra; Junichi Hirokami; Claudia Barainsky; Akiko Nakajima; Emi Ishibashi; Kasumi Shimizu

Hong KongHong Kong Sinfonietta: Great Violin Concertos: Valeriy Sokolov Plays Prokofiev

Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky
Hong Kong Sinfonietta; Yip Wing-sie; Valeriy Sokolov

TokyoThe Day of Orchestra

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

Hong KongStephen Hough plays Beethoven's Emperor concerto

Smetana, Beethoven, Rachmaninov
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; Elim Chan; Stephen Hough

KanazawaThe 388th Subscription Concert

Bach, Mozart, Beethoven
Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa; Masato Suzuki; Mayu Kishima

Hong KongWinter Dreams

Yiu, Walton, Tchaikovsky
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; Lawrence Foster; Akiko Suwanai
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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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Grandeur and opulence in Oslo Phil's Rachmaninov

The Oslo Philharmonic offers a spirited interpretation of fine nuance and a sense of grandeur and opulence in Rachmaninov's Second Symphony. 
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Asia Pacific Dance Platform

Two experimental dance companies from Turkey and Australia brought intriguing, cerebral work to the Hong Kong Arts Festival. 
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Miraculous Makropulos Case debuts in Asia

National Theatre Brno brings David Radok’s 2014 staging of Janáček’s Makropulos Case to the Hong Kong Arts Festival, the opera's first-ever journey to Asia, with Annalena Persson in the lead.
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Bauhaus comes to the Hong Kong Arts Festival

Oskar Schlemmer's arresting designs for The Triadic Ballet proved one of several high points in Bayerisches Staatsballett II's mixed bill at the Hong Kong Arts Festival. 
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Bayerisches Staatsballett opens HK Arts Festival

Patrice Bart's staging of La Bayadère for Bayerisches Staatsballett may have been an unadventurous choice of program to kick off the Hong Kong Arts Festival but nevertheless there was much to admire.
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