NEWS RELEASE

No.she002   May 24, 2011

Wiener Philharmoniker gives its subscription concerts in Japan
in this October,with Maestro Eschenbach and two international soloists,
Lang Lang(piano) and Matthias Goerne(baritone).


Suntory Hall proudly presents "Wiener Philharoniker Week in Japan 2011" in October.
Wiener Philharmoniker, which will mark its 170th anniversary in 2012, is internationally renowned and praised for its rich and colorful sound that is unique and incomparable in the world. With the great long tradition of European music, it continuously develops its presence in today's world by introducing a female concert master, young conductors and performing movie music such as "Star Wars". This year, Wiener Philharmoniker welcomes Maestro Christoph Eschenbach, who is Music Director of Washington National Orchestra and John F. Kennedy Center since 2010. He turned into conductor after his great career as internationally sought-after pianist. In 2003-8, he served Music Director in two different continents, at Orchestre de Paris and Philadelphia Orchestra.

Maestro Eschenbach is highly acclaimed for interpretation of German repertory and receives critical acclaim as opera conductor as well. He and Wiener Philharmoniker collaborated for the first time in 2004. Since then, they have built strong relationship. Dr. Hellsberg quotes "Maestro Eschenbach is a conductor who speaks the same musical language with us. Especially his Bruckner moves us tremendously." Last year, they performed together at the Wiener Ball and Salzburg Festival.

In Wiener Philharmoniker Week in Japan 2011, we present outstanding programs. Lang Lang, who considers Maestro Eschenbach as his mentor, plays Liszt Piano Concert No. 1 under his baton. Matthias Goerne, who had great success at the Paris Opera with Maestro last year, will sing Mahler "Des Knaben Wunderhorn". The Japan tour is made possible by special support and sponsorship by Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company which announces strong support for suffering people by the recent Great East Japan Earthquake. The tour consists of 6 concerts in Tokyo, Yokohama, Hiroshima and Nagoya.

Additionally with mutual hope to expand musical culture in the world, Suntory Hall and Wiener Philharmoniker will present "Lecture and Chamber Music" on October 14 and "Master class by a principal player" on October 11 to support young promising musicians and the audience. (Announcement will be made separately.)

Regular concerts by Wiener Philharmoniker outside of Austria are made possible only at Suntory Hall and Carnegie Hall. Suntory Hall has invited/presented the Philharmoniker every year since 1999 (except 2002 and 2007).

Wiener Philhamoniker regards Japan as "our home in Asia". In Vienna it performed Adagio from Mozart Piano concerto No. 23 in a-minor KV.488 at the subscription concerts on March 19 and 20, 2011 for the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Dr. Hellsberg sent a message to the audience that the Philharmoniker will do its utmost best to lessen pain and sorrow of the people in Japan.

Wiener Philharmoniker Week in Japan 2011
Dai-ichi Life presents
Christoph Eschenbach conducts Wiener Philharmoniker

October 12(Wed), 2011 19:00- at Minato Mirai Concert Hall, Yokohama
Franz Liszt: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in E-flat major, S124 (Soloist: Lang Lang, piano)
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major "Romantische"
October 13(Thu), 2011 19:00- at Suntory Hall, Tokyo
Franz Liszt: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in E-flat major, S124 (Soloist: Lang Lang, piano)
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C major, op. 61
Johann Strauss II: Kaiser-walzer, op. 437
October 15(Sat), 2011 18:00- at Hiroshima Bunka Koryu Kaikan, Hiroshima
Franz Liszt: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in E-flat major, S124 (Soloist: Lang Lang, piano)
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major "Romantische"
October 16(Sun), 2011 15:00- at Aichi Arts Center Concert Hall, Nagoya
Franz Liszt: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in E-flat major, S124 (Soloist: Lang Lang, piano)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 34 in C major, K338
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 7 in B minor, D759
October 17(Mon), 2011 19:00- at Suntory Hall, Tokyo
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 34 in C major, K338
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major "Romantische"
October 19(Wed), 2011 19:00- at Suntory Hall, Tokyo
Johannes Brahms: "Tragische Ouverture" in D minor, op. 81
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 7 in B minor, D759
Gustav Mahler: Excerpts from "Des Knaben Wunderhorn" (Soloist: Matthias Goerne, baritone)
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