No.she003   June 28, 2013

Christian Thielemann, the charismatic conductor of our time and Rudolf Buchbinder, the legendary Viennese virtuoso, tackle with Beethoven Cycle at Suntory Hall with Wiener Philharmoniker.

Suntory Hall proudly presents “Wiener Philharmoniker Week in Japan 2013” in November.

Wiener Philharmoniker, which marked 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. This year, Wiener Philharmoniker features Ludwig van Beethoven who had given enormous artistic inspiration and influence on the Philharmonikers foundation and long history. The six(6)-day Beethoven Cycle includes all the Beethoven symphonies and piano concertos. (Symphony programs: Nov.8, 10, 15 and 17, Concerto programs: Nov.12 and 13.)

Maestro Chirstian Thielemann enjoys his incomparable international reputation and career at the age of just 54 and appears on major international music scenes. Wiener Philharmoiker and Maestro Thielemann have enjoyed close relationship with mutual trust and respect for many years now, and in Japan they will make the first collaboration together in 10 years since 2003 when they played last time.
Featuring the symphonies by Beethoven in chronological order from No.1 to No.9, you will hear his intensive life and world of himself. The piano concerto will be conducted and played by Rudolf Buchbinder who has been exploring the composer in depth as his lifework. He will give us to opportunity to approach the compositions from a new angle and lead us to the spirit of the composer.

Additionally, Suntory Hall and Wiener Philharmoniker will jointly present “Lecture and Chamber Music” and “Master class by a principal player” both on November 9 to support young promising musicians and the audience, in the hope of expanding musical culture in the world.

Suntory Hall has presented the Philharmoniker every year since 1999(except 2002 2007, and 2012). Regular concerts by Wiener Philharmoniker outside of Austria are held only at Suntory Hall and Carnegie Hall.

Wiener Philharmoniker regards Japan as “our home in Asia”. The Philharmoniker gave donation of 1,000,000−Euro for their precious friends in Japan and their recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake. Suntory Group made equivalent donation and founded “Wiener Philharmoniker and Suntory Music Aid Fund” in April 2012 and visit the affected areas to provide continuous supports with music.

Suntory Hall would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd. for sponsoring the Wiener Philharmoniker Week in Japan 2013, and to the Austrian Embassy in Tokyo our appreciation for overall support.

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Wiener Philharmoniker Week in Japan 2013
Daiwa House Special

Christian Thielemann, conductor
Wiener Philharmoniker
Erin Wall, soprano(Nov.17)
Mihoko Fujimura, mezzo-soprano(Nov.17)
Michael Knig, tenor(Nov.17)
Robert Holl, baritone(Nov.17)
Wiener Singverein, chorus(Nov.17)
November 8(Fri), 2013 19:00−
Symphony No.1 in C major, op.21
Symphony No.2 in D major, op.36
Symphony No.3 in E-flat major, op.55 “Eroica”
November 10(Sun), 2013 16:00−
Symphony No.4 in B-flat major, op.60
Symphony No.5 in C minor, op.67
November 15(Fri), 2013 19:00−
Symphony No.6 in F major, op.68 “Pastorale”
Symphony No.7 in A major, op.92
November 17(Sun), 2013 16:00−
Symphony No.8 in F major, op.93
Symphony No.9 in D minor, op.125 “Choral”
Rudolf Buchbinder, piano&conductor
Wiener Philharmoniker
November 12(Tue), 2013 19:00−
Piano Concerto No.2 in B-flat major, op.19
Piano Concerto No.4 in G major, op.58
Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, op.37
November 13(Wed), 2013 19:00−
Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, op.15
Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat major, op.73 “Emperor”
Booking opens on June. 29.
(Nov.8,10,15) : S35,000 A30,000 B25,000 C19,000 D13,000
(Nov.17) : S42,000 A36,000 B30,000 C23,000 D16,000
(Nov12,13) : S30,000 A25,000 B20,000 C14,000 D 8,000
Concerts in Other Cities
at Festival Hall, Osaka
November 6(Wed), 2013 19:00−
Beethoven: Symphony No.4 in B-flat major, op.60
Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor, op.67­
at Aichi Arts Center Concert Hall, Nagoya
November 7(Thu), 2013 18:45-
Beethoven: Overture, “Egmont” , op.84
Beethoven: Symphony No.1 in C major, op.21
Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E-flat major, op.55 “Eroica”
at Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall, Kawasaki
November 16(Sat), 2013 18:00−
Beethoven: Symphony No.8 in F major, op.93
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, op.125 “Choral”


Christian Thielemann, conductor

Born in Berlin, Christian Thielemann began his professional career as a rehearsal pianist at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. In 1988, he became Music director in Staatstheater Nuernberg before returning to the Deutsche Oper in Berlin in 1997 to be Music Director there for seven years. Thielemann was Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra from 2004 to 2011. In 2012 he took up the baton as Principal Conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden. In 2013 he assumes the position of Artistic Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival, while the Staatskapelle Dresden becomes the festival orchestra.

Since his Bayreuth debut in the summer of 2000 (>>Die Meistersinger von Nrnberg<<), his annual appearances have set new standards in conducting. He has been musical advisor to the Bayreuth Festival since 2010.

Christian Thielemann conducted Wiener Philharmoniker for the first time in October with the program of Der Rosenkavalier Suite and Alpen Symphony by R. Strauss. Ever since, he has conducted many opera productions at Wiener Staatsoper and his relationship with the orchestra has been very special and close. In 2008-2010, they have played Beethoven Cycle in Vienna, Paris and Berlin which was received with high critical acclaim. At the Salzburg Festival of 2011 Thielemann directed a new, highly acclaimed production of >>Die Frau ohne Schatten<< by R. Strauss.

He appeared “Wiener Philharmoniker Week in Japan” in 2003 and conducted the programs of R. Strauss, Brahms, Beethoven, Wagner, and Bruckner. In 2013, it will be his first appearance after 2003.

Christian Thielemann, conductor

© Matthias Creutziger

Rudolf Buchbinder, piano & conductor

Born in Leitmeritz, Czechoslovakia in 1948, Rudolf Buchbinder, the established pianist in Austria, began his musical at the age of 5 at Vienna Academy of Music. His first public concert was held at the age of 9 and was allowed to study with Bruno Seidlhofer, a renowned piano pedagogue, already at 11 years old.

Mr. Buchbinder received the special award at Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1966 and the first prize at Beethoven Piano Competition in 1967. In 1961, he won the first prize at Vienna Trio at Munich International Music Competition. As an enthusiastic chamber music player, he has collaborated with Josef Suk, Janos Starker often. Since 2007, he is the founding music director of Grafenegg Music Festival in Austria. He has wide range of piano repertory, from which he has been particularly devoted to Beethoven and has given concerts with the programs of all Beethoven Sonatas.

More than 100 recordings document the scope and diversity of Rudolf Buchbinder's repertoire. He recorded on DVD 6 Mozart piano concerti with Vienna Philharmonic in 2006 and all Beethoven piano concerti as a soloist and conductor in 2011.

He is also committed to literature, sculpture and painting. Rudolf Buchbinder's emphasis lies in his meticulous study of musical sources. He owns 35 complete editions of Beethoven's sonatas and has an extensive collection of autograph scores, first editions and original documents. In addition, he possesses copies of the autograph scores and piano parts of both Brahms concertos.

Rudolf Buchbinder

©Marco Borggreve

Erin Wall, soprano

Born in Canada, Erin Wall enjoys her international career of opera, concerts, and recitals. She regularly appears at Metropolitan Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, La Scala, L'opéra National de Paris, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper, Santa Fe Opera etc. In 2011/12 season, she sang Beethoven No.9 with Montreal Symphony conducted by Kent Nagano. Mahler No. 8 Symphony is her major repertory in concerts and recordings and performed with NHK Symphony conducted by Charles Dutoit in 2011 and made the recording of the symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas as well as Pierre Boulez. She sang “Misa Solemnis” with New Japan Philharmonic conducted by Christian Arming in 2007.

Erin Wall

©Alexander Vasiljev

Mihoko Fujimura, mezzo-soprano

Mihoko Fujimura was born in Japan and studied at both Tokyo National University for Fine Arts and the Mnchener Hochschule fr Musik. She joined the ensemble of the Graz Opera and came to international attention in her performances at the 2002 Munich Opera Festival and the Bayreuther Festspiele and has since become a regular guest at major opera houses.

She has appeared at the Bayreuth Festival in 9 consecutive seasons. She appears regularly with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Myung-Whun Chung, Christoph Eschenbach, Fabio Luisi, Christian Thielemann and Kurt Masur and has performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Mariss Jansons, both the Mnchner Philharmoniker and the Wiener Philharmoniker with Christian Thielemann and the Berliner Philharmoniker with Bernard Haitink and Simon Rattle.

Mihoko Fujimura

Michael König, tenor

Michael König is a popular singer at major German opera houses such as in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Hamburg and Hannover as well as Wiener Staatsoper, Opera National de Paris and the Glyndebourne Festival.

In 2008, he sang the title role of Zapisnik Zmizeleho in Japan with Opera National de Paris and received critical acclaim. In 2010, he sang Das Lied von der Erde with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony/Sylvain Cambreling. He appeared as the role of Max in the film of Der Freischtz directed by J.Neubert

In 2012, König made his debut with Bayreuth Festival by singing the role of Eric at the new production of Die fliegende Hollnder conducted by Christian Thielemann).In 2013, he will sing the same role again with Bayreuth Festival as well as in Munich Opera, La Scala and Royal Opera. In 2015, he will sing at a new production of Der Freischtz in Dresden under the baton of Christian Thielemann.

Michael Knig

Robert Holl, baritone

Born in Rotterdam, Mr. Robert Holl studied with Hans Hotter in Munich. In 1973-1975, he was a member of Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and expands his career in other major opera houses such as Wiener Staatsoper, Oper Zurich, La Monnaie and Staatsoper Under den Linden in Berlin by singing Mozart, Rossini and Wagner. At Bayreuth, he sang the role of Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg(Conductors: Barenboim and Thielemann) and received high critical acclaim. He also appeared in the productions of Parsifal and Tristan und Isolde. Mr. Holl has high reputation as a Lied singer and assumes the position of Music Director of Schbertiaden in Austria and Holland.

Since 1998, he is a professor at Universitt fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna for Lied and Oratorio.

Michael Knig

Benjamin Ealovega

Wiener Singverein, chorus

Der Wiener Singverein was founded in 1858 as a new organization affiliated with die Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde. Until today, it enjoys the highest international reputation as the best amateur chorus of the world. In its long history, it performed the world premieres of Deutsche Requiem by Brahms, Te Deum by Bruckner and Symphony No. 8 by Mahler. The chorus appears with major influential conductors during its history and performs regularly with Maestro Thielemann.

Wiener Singverein

Wiener Philharmoniker

Wiener Philharmoniker's long history has begun on March 28, 1842 with a concert conducted by O. Nicolai(1810-49). In the early days, the concerts were held irregularly, however, in 1860, the first subscription concert was held under the baton of Eckert and the orchestra has given subscription concerts until today. Nicolai, Eckert, Dessoff, Richter, Jahn, Mahler, Hellmesberger, Weingartner, Furtwangler and Krauss has been Music Director of the orchestra. Since 1933 the orchestra has not appointed Music Director and gives concerts by guest conductors only. Great Maestros who marked significant musical steps in the 20th century such as Furtwangler, E. Kleiber, Klempeler, Knappertspush, Krauss, Mitropoulos, Ormandy, Schuricht, Szell, Walter as well as Solti, Abbado, C. Kleiber, Mehta, Seiji Ozawa conducted the orchestra. Composers such as Gustav Mahler who was Music Director from 1898 to 1901, Wagner, Verdi, Bruckner, J. Strauss II, Brahms, R. Strauss appeared as a conductor or a soloist to introduce their works to the world.

Wiener Philharmoniker belongs to Wiener Staatsoper, and it is the self-administrative organization.
Today, it presents subscription concerts at Musikverein and appears in the New Year Concert in Vienna and Salzburg Festival every year. The Philharmonic's first visit to Japan was in 1956 with P.Hindemith. Since then it has given many significant tours to Japan with major conductors of the world. It will be its 30th visit to Japan in 2013.

Wiener Philharmoniker

©Terry Linke

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