NEWS RELEASE

No.she005   May 27, 2016

Chamber Music Festival “Chamber Music Garden” (June, 2016) The 30th Anniversary Video Messages from world-renowned artists.

■ Suntory Hall’s 30th Anniversary Program continues with its annual Chamber Music Festival “Chamber Music Garden” (4-26 June)

■Now available online: 30th Anniversary Video Messages from over 30 world-renowned artists including Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Yo-Yo Ma, Frank-Peter Zimmermann and Gustavo Dudamel.

1. Chamber Music Garden 2016

Now in its sixth year, “Chamber Music Garden” takes places in Suntory Hall’s intimate chamber music venue “Blue Rose”. To celebrate the hall’s anniversary season, this year’s festival has been expanded from the usual two weeks to three weeks.
One of the focuses of the 2016 program is Asia, and in the series “Sound Sym-pathy in Asia”, several talented Asian musicians and groups including Taiwanese violinist Cho-Liang Lin (11 June), Novus String Quartet from South Korea (13 June), and the Shanghai Quartet from China (14 June) will appear and collaborate with Japanese musicians. There is also a joint project between the students of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore and Suntory Hall’s Chamber Music Academy (10 June).
Other highlights include the opening concert (4 June) by the cellist and President of Suntory Hall, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi with composer/pianist Ichiro Nodaira, “Schubertiade” evenings by the Küchl Quartet, concert for seniors by Midori, “Enjoy! Discovery Night” series with artists including acclaimed horn player Radek Baborak, and the Beethoven String Quartet cycle by Quartet Excelsior. The Beethoven cycle is an annual feature of “Chamber Music Garden” and this year Quartet Excelsior will be the first Japanese group to perform the epic cycle in this festival (5-18 June).

Full performance schedule of “Chamber Music Garden”:
Website: https://www.suntory.com/culture-sports/suntoryhall/feature/chamber2016/

2. 30th Anniversary Video Messages from International Artists

Throughout the 30th anniversary season, world-renowned musicians have talked to us about why they like performing at Suntory Hall, what they find special about its acoustics and about their fondest memories of performing there.
To quote a few, cellist Yo-Yo Ma says that the hall has “both a grandness and the intimacy which is a hard thing to combine”, and Daniel Barenboim explains that the hall’s acoustics are special because it combines clarity of modern halls and the roundness and full tone of the famous old halls. Also, Martha Argerich talks about her most memorable concert at the hall, the performance of Chopin’s piano concerto with Ashkenazy in 2000.

These messages and many more can be watched here (more messages will be added in the coming months):
Website: https://www.suntory.com/culture-sports/suntoryhall/30th/movie/

Also, all the messages can be individually found on YouTube as well:
Argerich: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xLW17PzKnU
Barenboim: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBCNbOJ4Z5E
Yo-Yo Ma: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZjC_wr9_JE

For further information and press photos, please contact:
Public Relations Department, Suntory Hall
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