[Notice of Cancellation] National Symphony Orchestra, Music Director&Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda, Violin: Akiko Suwanai

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TokyoDate: 7:00p.m., Tuesday, March 10, 2020,
at Suntory Hall MAP

Gianandrea Noseda, Music Director, Conductor
National Symphony Orchestra
Akiko Suwanai, Violin/Artistic Director of International Music Festival NIPPON 2020

[Notice of Cancellation]

Pre-concert talk by Maestro Gianandrea Noseda and music critic Atsuya Funaki! 18:15-18:45
Please be seated in the seat shown on your ticket when listening to the talk.


Barber: First Essay for Orchestra Op.12
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op.35(Violin: Akiko Suwanai)
Dvořák: Symphony No.9 in E Minor, Op.95 "From the New World"


Gianandrea Noseda(Music director / Conductor)

Gianandrea Noseda is widely recognized as one of the leading conductors of his generation. He was named the Washington National Symphony Orchestra’s 7th music director and began his four-year term with the orchestra in autumn 2017. He serves as Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Orquestra de Cadaqués, and Artistic Director of the Stresa Festival in Italy. In the field of opera, he was named Principal Guest Conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre in 1997, served as Music Director of Teatro Regio Torino from 2007 until 2018, and has worked with the Metropolitan Opera continuously since 2002. Noseda frequently serves as guest conductor of the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies, including The Cleveland Orchestra, La Scala, Munich Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, and Berlin Philharmonic. With the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino, he has recorded opera albums featuring such celebrated vocalists as Villazon, Netrebko and Damrau.
In 2016, Noseda was named the International Opera Awards Conductor of the Year. He conducted the Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm in December 2016.

The National Symphony Orchestra, Washington

Founded in 1931, NSO is based at the Kennedy Center in the U.S. capital city of Washington, D.C. and performs approximately 150 concerts each year, including chamber music recitals, community outreach and education programs, and popular concerts at the Kennedy Center and at Wolf Trap in summer. NSO fulfills an important role as Americans’ most beloved orchestra, performing at important national events including presidential inaugurations and Independence Day celebrations.
NSO has a history of distinguished music directors, such as Rostropovich, Slatkin and Eschenbach; and in the 2017-18 season, Gianandrea Noseda became the orchestra’s 7th music director. Maestro Noseda has enthusiastically undertaken expansion of the orchestra’s repertoire and support of contemporary composers, and continues to present U.S.-premiere and world-premiere works to Washington audiences.
The orchestra also focuses on educational programs. Many of its members participate in the NSO Youth Fellowship Program and Summer Music Institute, contributing to the education and guidance of specially selected young musicians of talent.

Akiko Suwanai (Violin / Artistic Director of International Music Festival NIPPON 2020)

Akiko Suwanai was the youngest ever winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1990. She has performed with the world’s foremost orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, and Berlin Philharmonic, under the batons of Ozawa, Maazel, Dutoit, and Sawallisch, just to name a few. She has appeared in numerous international music festivals including the BBC Proms, Schleswig-Holstein, Lucerne and others. In 2018, Akiko Suwanai participated in Marth Argerich’s chamber music festival in Hamburg, the Rosendal Festival with Leif Ove Andsnes, and the Bratislava Music Festival, and performed with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire and Staatskapelle Dresden. She also performed with Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin in Berlin and Japan in February and March 2019. Suwanai was a jury member of the violin divisions of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium in 2012 and 2015, and of the Concours International Long-Thibaud-Crespin in 2018. Since 2012, Akiko Suwanai has been Artistic Director of the International Music Festival NIPPON, which she plans and produces. She has released 14 CDs on the Decca label.
Akiko Suwanai studied at Toho Gakuen Music High School and completed the Soloists’ Diploma Course of Toho Gakuen College of Music. After studying at the Juilliard School and Columbia University on the Artist Overseas Training program sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, she received a master’s degree in Music from the Juilliard School. She also studied at the Universität der Künste Berlin. Akiko Suwanai performs on the Stradivarious “Dolphin” violin from 1714, which has been loaned to her by the Nippon Music Foundation.

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