Duo Recitals

Akiko Suwanai and Nicholas Angelich Duo Recital

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TokyoDate: 7:00p.m., Friday, February 14, 2020,
at Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall MAP

Akiko Suwanai, Violin / Artistic Director of International Music Festival NIPPON 2020
Nicholas Angelich, Piano


<All Beethoven Program>

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.5 in F Major Op.24 “Spring”
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.7 in C Minor Op.30 No.2
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.9 in A Major Op.47 “Kreutzer”


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.

Nicolas Angelich (Piano)

Nicolas Angelich was born in the United States in 1970. He studied with Aldo Ciccolini, Michel Beroff and others at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. In 1989 he won 2nd prize in the International Piano Competition R. Casadesus in Cleveland, and in 1994, 1st prize in the International Piano Competition Gina Bachauer. Since his orchestra debut with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Kurt Masur in 2003, he has performed with the world’s leading conductors and orchestras, such as Vladimir Jurowski, Marc Minkowski, Paavo Järvi, the Russian National Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, and Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. His recording of Brahms’ Piano Trio No. 1 with Renaud and Gautier Capuçon received the German Record Critics’ Award.

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Aichi Date: 2:00p.m., Saturday, February 15, 2020, at MS&AD SHIRAKAWA HALL 052-222-7117

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