Akiko Suwanai

Violin

Biography

Praised by The Times for her “noble playing, with its rhythmic life, taut and rigorous,” Japanese violinist Akiko Suwanai was the youngest ever winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1990. Since then she has enjoyed a flourishing international career and appears regularly with celebrated maestros and foremost orchestras across the globe.

This season Akiko Suwanai debuts at Opéra National de Paris, performing the choreographed version of Salonen’s violin concerto. On this occasion Opéra Bastille sees a series of 13 ballet performances staged by Saburo Teshigawara and conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Other 2017/18 highlights include season opening with the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla and John Axelrod, as well as returns to Orchestre de Paris for Sibelius’ Violin Concerto with Paavo Järvi, and Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai for Salonen’s Violin Concerto with Jonathan Webb. Suwanai returns to the Svetlanov State Symphony Orchestra with Vasily Petrenko, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with Gianandrea Noseda, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Hamburger Symphoniker, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, and Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse with Tugan Sokhiev.

An extremely keen chamber musician, Akiko Suwanai enjoys fruitful and longstanding collaborations with several artistic partners. In 2017/18, she will participate in Argerich Festival in Hamburg, Rosendal Festival with Leiv Ove Andsness and embarks on a 3-year Beethoven Violin Sonatas residency at Kumho Art Hall in Seoul. With Boris Berezovsky, she presents their brand-new recital programme in Moscow and St Petersburg. Following their critically acclaimed Decca Classics release featuring works by Frank, Strauss and Takemitsu, Akiko Suwanai also performs with Enrico Pace in Spain.

In recent years, Akiko Suwanai has established collaborations with Bamberger Symphoniker and Detroit Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin. She performed in Russia with Valery Gergiev and The Mariinsky Orchestra, in Hong Kong with Hong Kong Philharmonic and Lawrence Foster, in Germany with Gürzenich-Orchester Köln and François-Xavier Roth, and in the US with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Pablo Heras-Casado.

Akiko Suwanai is the Artistic Director of the International Music Festival NIPPON which she launched in 2012, offering a variety of orchestral and chamber music concerts, master classes and regular charity concerts for the Great East Japan Earthquake. The Festival also organizes World/Japanese premieres and commissions new works by international composers.

Akiko Suwanai performs on the Stradivarius ‘Dolphin’ violin from 1714, one of the most famous violins known today and previously owned by Jascha Heifetz, which has been kindly loaned to her by the Nippon Music Foundation.

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2018年9月28日(金) 19:00開演
読売日本交響楽団第581回定期演奏会
【東京都】サントリーホール(大)
問合せ先:読響チケットセンター / TEL.0570-00-4390
2018年10月28日(日) 15:00開演
諏訪内晶子 ヴァイオリン・リサイタル
【北九州市】北九州市立 響ホール
問合せ先:北九州国際音楽祭事務局 / TEL.093-663-6567
2018年10月29日(月) 18:45開演
諏訪内晶子ヴァイオリン・リサイタル
【函館市】函館市芸術ホール(ハーモニー五稜郭)
問合せ先:函館市芸術ホール / TEL.0138-55-3521
2018年11月10日(土) 18:00開演
大植英次指揮 九州交響楽団
【鹿児島市】鹿児島市民文化ホール
問合せ先:鹿児島音協 / TEL.099-226-3465
2018年11月16日(金) 18:45開演
広島交響楽団 第385回定期演奏会
【広島市】広島文化学園HBGホール
問合せ先:広島交響楽団 / TEL.082-532-3080