Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Paavo Järvi reveals new season of NHKSO
Rudolph Tang
The Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi made a slam dunk in 2015 as Person of the Year by both the Gramophone magazine and the French publication Diapason. We also caught him last summer in Pärnu, Estonia for the annual Pärnu Music Festival/Järvi Music Academy.

On his way back to Paris from Tokyo where he just launched the first season as the principal conductor of NHK Symphony Orchestra, we caught him again in Shanghai yesterday. Here Mr Järvi will conduct Smetana’s Má vlast with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra tomorrow at Shanghai Symphony Hall. Shanghai Symphony Orchestra is still the sole orchestra from China that he has conducted. He also shares fond memories when first conducted the orchestra two years ago on New Year’s Eve.

During our brief conversation Mr Järvi exclusively revealed to us his plan for the new season of NHKSO, hailed by some as the best orchestra in East Asia. Highlights of the 2016-17 season, which will be officially announced shortly, include an intense European tour scheduled in 2017 Spring. The tour will be led by the Mastro himself and covers important cities and halls in Vienna, Amsterdam, London, Paris and Berlin. Some of the details have already been announced by local concert organizers, including its staging at the International Orchestra Series 2016/17 at the South Bank Centre. Unfortunately none of the orchestra from China has performed at the series. Another highlight is a Mahler symphony cycle after NHKSO’s much acclaimed Richard Strauss series this season.

NHK Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 90th anniversary this year so we look forward to a grand seasonOF CELEBRATION together with its resident hall the Suntory Hall which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Meanwhile, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, also based in Tokyo, has just announced its 2016-17 season this week. Here are some highlights including a rare concerto revival by Ivo Pogorelich.

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