No.she008   June 26, 2017

Suntory Hall’s 7th Chamber Music Garden,
15-24 September 2017

This year’s Chamber Music Garden takes place in the autumn - the season for harvest - featuring masterpieces of chamber music through the ages. 14 concerts are held during the 10-day festival in the intimate atmosphere of Suntory Hall’s “Blue Rose” (Small Hall) which seats 380 people.

Chamber Music Garden was founded in the hope that more people will be able to access chamber music in a casual and intimate setting. In seven years, it has become one of Japan’s largest chamber music festivals. Normally the festival is held in early summer, but this year it will be held in September following a seven-months’ renovation of Suntory Hall. Tickets are now on sale.

  • 1.  The festival has assembled an impressive line-up of chamber musicians active both home and abroad, including Richard Stolzman (clarinet), Naoko Yoshino (harp), Michie Koyama, Yu Kosuge, Haochen Zhang (piano), Koichiro Harada, Kyoko Takezawa, Federico Agostini (violin), Kazuhide Isomura, Yoshiko Kawamoto (viola), Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Dai Miyata (cello), and ensembles such as Quartet Excelsior (string quartet), Hedenborg Trio (piano trio) and Tokyo Sextet (wind quintet & piano).

  • 2.  This year’s programme focuses on the masterpieces of the chamber music genre from the Viennese Classics through to Schoenberg and Takemitsu. The festival will open with a concert of Brahms’ Piano Quintet and String Sextet with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, cellist and President of Suntory Hall, and his long-standing chamber music colleagues (15 September). Further highlights include “Stoltzman and Friends” featuring Mozart’s “Kegelstatt” Trio for clarinet, viola and piano (23 September), and the Japanese debut of the Hedenborg Trio, a Vienna-based trio of Austrian-Japanese siblings (22 September). Also, young Chinese pianist Haochen Zhang, winner of the 2009 Cliburn International Piano Competition, makes his Chamber Music Garden debut, performing the piano trios of Schubert and Ravel with two Japanese peers, violinist Tatsuki Narita and cellist Dai Miyata (16 September).

  • 3.  In addition to the main concerts, “Precious 1pm” is a new series of casual, one-hour weekday lunchtime concerts introduced from the stage by the musicians (19, 20, 22 September). We also continue our popular One-coin (JPY500) Concert series by members of the Suntory Hall Chamber Music Academy (16, 23 September), as well as the Concert for Wheelchair Users (21 September, by invitation only).

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Public Relations, Suntory Hall


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