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August 21 - 28

Suntory Hall Summer Festival 2022

Klangforum Wien ©Tina Herzl

The annual celebration of contemporary music now forms an important part of Tokyo’s summer music scene. An exciting programme, 8 days and 8 performances.

■The Producer Series KLANGFORUM WIEN
In this series, each year a different artist/ensemble is invited to curate a series of concerts from his/her/their unique point of view. This year’s producer is highly regarded contemporary music ensemble from Europe, the Klangforum Wien. Since its foundation in 1985, the Vienna-based group is known for “exploring new horizons of artistic creativity together with the most important composers of our time”.
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■Theme Composer ISABEL MUNDRY
Suntory Hall International Program for Music Composition No. 44 (Artistic Director: Toshio Hosokawa)

The Theme Composer series presents a portrait of a leading international composer, and commissions him/her a new orchestral work that is premiered during the festival. This year’s theme composer is German composer Isabel Mundry (b.1963). In her compositions, Mundry explores the relationships between time, space, and perception in rich, multi-faceted ways, which are woven into a highly unique sonic language.
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■The 32nd Competition of Yasushi Akutagawa Suntory Award for Music Composition
This award is presented to the most notable orchestral work by a Japanese composer premiered during the previous year (January-December 2021) in Japan. Following the performance of the three nominated works, the jury (Kenji Sakai, Norio Fukushi, Akiko Yamane) will conduct the deliberations on stage in public. The concert will be preceded by the world premiere of the new composition by Kenta Onoda, the winner of the 2020 award.
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Klangforum Wien ©Tina Herzl
Isabel Mundry ©Astrid Ackermann
Kenta Onoda, Yasushi Akutagawa Suntory Award 2020 awardee (third from right)
Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, President of Suntory Hall (Left) and The jury in 2020

Presented by Suntory Hall
Under the Auspices of
Austrian Embassy / Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo (The Producer Series KLANGFORUM WIEN)
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany (Theme Composer ISABEL MUNDRY)
Supported by
The Japan Federation of Composers Inc. / Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers Japan / Society for Contemporary Music (The 32nd Competition of Yasushi Akutagawa Suntory Award for Music Composition)
The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan through the Japan Arts Council
Coordinated by Tokyo Concerts, Inc.

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■The Producer Series KLANGFORUM WIEN


MON, AUG 22 19:00 Main Hall
Large Ensemble Program ‐ Pioneers toward the Future  > Book Now
Johannes Maria Staud: Listen, Revolution (We’re buddies, see – ) for Ensemble (2021) [Japanese Premiere]
Mirela Ivičević: Subsonically Yours... for Ensemble (2021) [Japanese Premiere]
Eiko Tsukamoto: rad rat rot red, räder for Large Ensemble (2017) [Japanese Premiere]
Toru Takemitsu: Tree Line for Chamber Orchestra (1988)
Georg Friedrich Haas: Wer, wenn ich schriee, hörte mich... for Percussion and Ensemble (1999) [Japanese Premiere]

Conductor: Emilio Pomàrico
Klangforum Wien
and others

TUE, AUG 23 19:00 Blue Rose (Small Hall)
Chamber Music Ⅰ - Family Tree of Klangforum - > Book Now
Salvatore Sciarrino: Agitato cantabile - Capriccio sulla lontananza for Horn Solo (2020) [Japanese Premiere]
Rebecca Saunders: To and Fro for Violin and Oboe (2010)
Olga Neuwirth: In Nacht und Eis for Bassoon and Accordion (2006/07)
Georg Friedrich Haas: ins Licht for Violin, Cello and Piano (2007)
Enno Poppe: Schweiss for Cello Solo, Bass Flute, Bass Clarinet, Violin and Viola (2010)
Friedrich Cerha: 4 Paraphrasen for Oboe, Cello and Piano (2011)
Georges Aperghis: Tag ohne Nacht for Contraforte Solo (2020) [Japanese Premiere]
Bernhard Lang: Schrift 3 for Accordion Solo (1997) [Japanese Premiere]
Beat Furrer: Piano Quartet (2020) [Japanese Premiere]

Members of Klangforum Wien

THU, AUG 25 19:00 Blue Rose (Small Hall)
Chamber Music Ⅱ - Das neue Wien - > Book Now
Johann Strauss Jr. (arr. Arnold Schoenberg): Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437 (arr. for Chamber Ensemble) (1889/1925)
Anton Webern: Six Pieces for Chamber Orchestra, Op. 6 (1909/20)
Alban Berg (arr. Diderik Wagenaar): Altenberg Lieder, Op. 4 (arr. for Chamber Ensemble) (1912/85) ★
Arnold Schoenberg (arr. Felix Greissle) : Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16 (arr. for Chamber Orchestra) (1909/25)
Gustav Mahler (arr. Trevor Grahl* / Thierry Tidrow**): ““Der Schildwache Nachtlied*,” “Das irdische Leben**” and “Lied des Verfolgten im Turm**” from Des Knaben Wunderhorn (arr. for Chamber Ensemble) (1892-93, 98/2022) [Japanese Premiere] ★

Conductor: Emilio Pomàrico
Soprano: Caroline Melzer ★
Members of Klangforum Wien

FRI, AUG 26 19:00 Main Hall
Program for Xenakis 100th Anniversary > Book Now
Iannis Xenakis:
Persephassa for Six Percussionists (1969) *
Kraanerg Ballet Music for Orchestra and Tape (1969)

Klangforum Wien
Conductor: Emilio Pomàrico
Percussion: Isao Nakamura / Lukas Schiske / Björn Wilker / Yoshiko Kanda / Noriko Maekawa /Asuka Hatanaka *

■Theme Composer ISABEL MUNDRY
Suntory Hall International Program for Music Composition No. 44
(Artistic Director: Toshio Hosokawa)


SUN, AUG 21 14:00 Blue Rose (Small Hall)
Music Composition Workshop (Call for Scores within Japan)  > Book Now
Part 1: Isabel Mundry × Toshio Hosokawa Talk Session
Part 2: Workshop by Call for Scores
> For application details (Deadline: May 31, 2022 / in Japanese only)

WED, AUG 24 19:00 Blue Rose (Small Hall)
Chamber Music Portrait > Book Now
Isabel Mundry:
Traces des moments for Clarinet, Accordion, Violin, Viola and Cello (2000)
Clarinet: Nozomi Ueda / Accordion: Tomomi Ota / Violin: Tatsuki Narita / Viola: Mari Adachi / Cello: Kei Yamazawa

„Wer?“ nach Fragmenten von Franz Kafka for Soprano and Piano (2004)
Soprano: Maki Ota / Piano: Saori Oya

Liaison for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano (2007-09)
Clarinet: Nozomi Ueda / Violin: Tatsuki Narita / Cello: Kei Yamazawa / Piano: Saori Oya

Balancen for Violin Solo (2006)
Violin: Tatsuki Narita

Sounds, Archeologies for Basset-Horn, Cello and Piano (2017/18)
Basset-Horn: Nozomi Ueda / Cello: Kei Yamazawa / Piano: Saori Oya

SUN, AUG 28 15:00 Main Hall
Orchestra Portrait (Commissioned Work Program) > Book Now
Isabel Mundry: Endless Sediments for Chamber Orchestra (2018/19)
Claude Debussy: Jeux poème dansé for Orchestra (1912-13)
Philipp Christoph Mayer: Dear Haunting for Orchestra (2020) [World Premiere]
Isabel Mundry: Gesture for Viola and Orchestra (2022) *
[World Premiere, co-commissioned by Suntory Hall and Bayerischer Rundfunk / musica viva]


Viola: Nils Mönkemeyer *
Conductor: Michael Wendeberg
Tokyo Symphony Orchestra

■The 32nd Competition of Yasushi Akutagawa Suntory Award for Music Composition


SAT, AUG 27 15:00 Main Hall > Book Now
Kenta Onoda*: Chants d’étoileurs for Two Pianos and Orchestra *(2021-22)
Piano: Tomoki Akiyama, Atsushi Yamanaka
[World Premiere, commissioned by Suntory Foundation for the Arts]
* Awardee of The 30th Competition of Yasushi Akutagawa Suntory Award (2020) > More info

◎Nominated Works for the 32nd Competition of Yasushi Akutagawa Suntory Award for Music Composition
Makoto Ohata: JINK (2021)
Kohsuke Negishi: Moonlight Hidden in the Clouds for Orchestra (2020)
Yuya Haryu: A Lost Innocence Chase Ⅱ for Orchestra (2020-21)
> About the Nominated works

Conductor: Yoichi Sugiyama
New Japan Philharmonic

◎Open Screening (Yuji Numano, MC)
Jury: Kenji Sakai, Norio Fukushi, Akiko Yamane