No.she007   June 05, 2017

Suntory Foundation for Arts’ Summer Festival 2017
September 2 - 11, 2017 at Suntory Hall, Tokyo

Suntory Foundation for Arts (established in 1969) will host Summer Festival 2017 on 2-11 September 2017 at Suntory Hall, immediately following the hall’s re-opening on 1 September - after a seven-month renovation. The Summer Festival, held since 1987, is an annual festival of international contemporary music covering a range of genres from orchestral to chamber music. The program consists three different strands: (1) “The Producer Series” under an annually changing producer, (2) “Theme Composer” as part of the “Suntory Hall International Program for Music Composition” series, and (3) “Akutagawa Award for Music Composition”.
This year’s program is as follows:

1. “The Producer Series 2017” features Mr. Morihide Katayama, a professor at Keio University, Tokyo who is active in the field of music as a critic and is a specialist in modern Japanese music. Under the theme “re-discover JAPAN”, he has chosen a program of pioneering works by Japanese composers from before/during/after the World War II era that is due for re-evaluation in our age.
The Producer Series will be held on 3, 4, 6, 10 September, and the featured composers are Hisato Ozawa (3 Sept, Main Hall), Toru Takemitsu, Toshiro Mayuzumi (4 Sept, Blue Rose), Yasushi Akutagawa, Teizo Matsumura (6 Sept, Blue Rose), Hisatada Otaka, Kazuo Yamada, Akira Ifukube, and Saburo Moroi (10 Sept, Main Hall). The performances will be given by leading Japanese orchestras, conductors, instrumentalists and Gagaku [Japanese court music] performers.

2. The “Suntory Hall International Program for Music Composition” series was inaugurated in 1987 under the supervision of Toru Takemitsu, and each year, it has invited a different “Theme Composer” and commissioned him/her a new orchestral work that is premiered during the Summer Festival. Recent theme composers include Jonathan Harvey, Pascal Dusapin, Heinz Holliger and Kaija Saariaho.
This year’s theme composer, chosen by the current series supervisor Toshio Hosokawa, is the eminent Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas (1953-). The world premiere of his new work for solo violin and orchestra will be given by conductor Ilan Volkov, violinist Miranda Cuckson and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (7 Sept, Main Hall), and a concert of his chamber music will showcase five of his works for various ensembles (11 Sept, Blue Rose).
More about the International Program for Music Composition here:

3. The third strand of the Summer Festival is the “AKUTAGAWA Award for Music Composition” (2 Sept). Founded in honor of the composer Yasushi Akutagawa in 1990, the award is known as the gateway to success for up-and-coming Japanese composers. Following the performance of the three nominated works (chosen from orchestral compositions premiered during the previous year), the judging process is held on stage in public. The winner receives not only the \500,000 prize but also a commission for a new orchestral work.
The works of this year’s three finalists, Alice Nakamura, Wataru Mukai, and Hirofumi Mogi, will be performed by Yoichi Sugiyama and the New Japan Philharmonic, preceded by the world premiere of the commissioned work by Yuta Bandoh, last year’s winner. On the jury are composers Kenji Sakai (winner in 2013), Akira Nishimura, and Masahiro Yamauchi (winner in 2011).
Full listings of the Summer Festival 2017 can be found at the following:


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Public Relations, Suntory Hall


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