XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition Winner's Gala Concert

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Profiles

XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition Winner
TBA
Norichika Iimori, Conductor
Norichika Iimori graduated from the conducting department of Toho Gakuen School of Music.After training in Berlin and Munich, from 1994 he held successive posts including Resident Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Guest Conductor of the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, and Resident Conductor of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra.In 1996 he led the European tour of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and was lauded in a newspaper which said, "Iimori will surely go on to attract international attention." In 2003, in his first appearance in a regular concert of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Iimori conducted a successful performance of Mahler’s First Symphony.In 2006 he was awarded the “Art Encouragement Prize for Freshman” from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Iimori has been invited to conduct many world-class orchestras including the Radio Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt, Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, and Prague Symphony Orchestra. In 2001 he became General Managing Director of the Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he recorded the complete Beethoven Symphonies and carried out a successful Japan tour.Currently, Norichika Iimori is Music Director of the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Japan Century Symphony Orchestra, Resident Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra.
Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
Jonathan Nott took over as Music Director of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra performing the triumphant Symphony No.9 by Mahler for his inaugural concert with the orchestra in 2014 season. The orchestra has Hubert Soudant and Kazuyoshi Akiyama as Conductor Laureate, Norichika Iimori as Resident Conductor, and Naoto Otomo as Honorary Guest Conductor. The line-up of conductors who have conducted for the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra in the past include distinguished names such as Arvid Jansons, Hidemaro Konoye and Masashi Ueda.The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1946 and called the “TOHO Symphony Orchestra.” The orchestra worked under the management of “Toho”, a motion picture company.The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra has a reputation for giving first performances of a number of new contemporary music and opera. Some of the major new works that it has performed in recent years include Helmut Lachenmann's opera The Little Match Girl (2000, Japanese premiere, concert-style), Toshiro Mayuzumi's opera Kojiki (Day of the Gods, 2001, Japan premiere, concert-style), John Adam's El Nino (2003, Japan premiere), John Adam's opera A Flowering Tree (2008, Japan premiere, centre-stage style), Janacek Opera Series, Schubert's Symphony Zyklus (2008), Schoenberg Project (2011) and others, which have attracted attention in the music circle every year. Through these activities, the orchestra has received most of Japan's major music awards such as the Minister of Education Award, Ongaku no Tomo Sha Award, the Grand Prix of Kyoto Music Award, Mainichi Art Award, Agency for Cultural Affairs Art Award, Mobil Music Award, Suntory Music Award and the Special Prize of Kenzo Nakajima Music Award. In 2013, the orchestra received the Kawasaki City Culture Award for 2013, which is given to an individual or organization in recognition of their remarkable efforts in developing and advancing culture and the arts in Kawasaki City.The orchestra won the 21st Music Pen Club Japan Awards in the Concert and Performance Category for Schubert’s Symphony Zyklus, which was performed in the subscription concert in 2008. In the following year, the orchestra won prizes in two other categories of the same awards, namely the prize for Best Recording Product in the Classical Music Category and the prize for Best Recording in the Audio Category (recorded by N&F), for the recording of Bruckner's 7th Symphony. Winning the same award for two consecutive years attracted attention to the orchestra all at once. In the orchestra ranking conducted by a music magazine in 2008, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra gained the highest positioning among Japanese orchestras.In April 2011, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra was accredited as “a public interest incorporated foundation” by the Cabinet Office, which meant that its activities were widely recognized as being sound and serving public interest.Since September 2012, the orchestra has been run by a new management team consisting of Hideo Sawada, who was invited from H.I.S. Co., Ltd. as the new Chairman, Tadashi Yokokawa as Honorary Chairman, Hajime Hirasawa and Tatsumi Yoda both as Vice Chairman.Since becoming the resident orchestra of the City of Kawasaki in July 2004, the Tokyo Symphony has been holding Kawasaki subscription concerts, the Masterpiece Classics series, music appreciation classes, citizen's concerts as well as visiting and performing at facilities in various parts of the city. It has also signed a semi-resident orchestra agreement with the City of Niigata, where it has been performing subscription concerts, special concerts, concerts for fifth graders and others since 1999. In 2013, the orchestra has agreed with a new partnership with Hachioji College Community & Culture Fureai Foundation.The orchestra performs over 160 times a year, combining both self-produced performances and commissioned performances. It has been playing at New National Theatre, Tokyo's opera and ballet performances from January through March every year as one of the two regularly performing orchestras.The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra has also worked on concerts for children from an early stage. It received the 2010 Himawari Medal of Honor in the Group Category, highly commended for “making significant contributions to carrying on music culture to the next generation” through the “Orchestra Experience from Age Zero” project (held since 2007). The “Subscription Concert for Children” series (held since 2001), presented in collaboration with Suntory Hall, has drawn attention not only from the music circle but also from various fields for its innovative idea of presenting the first subscription concert for children in Japan.Outside of Japan, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra has performed 78 times in 58 cities, commencing with the tour to North America in 1976. In recent years, it was invited to China's Dalian Summer International Art Festival in July 2010, becoming the first Japanese orchestra to perform in Dalian. The performance achieved great success and the orchestra was again invited to the same festival in July 2011. In October 2016, the orchestra celebrated its 70th anniversary and took a European tour including the concert at Musikverein Groser Saal in Vienna with Music Director Jonathan Nott. Also in August 2018, in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Conclusion of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and China, the Orchestra had concerts in Shanghai and Hangzhou and received high praise.The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra has also been actively engaged in recording and broadcasting projects. It has released albums from several labels such as TOKYO SYMPHONY Label, N&F Label, King Records, EXTON and Nippon Columbia Label. The orchestra also regularly performs on TV Asahi's programme “Untitled Concert”.

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