No.she012   May 17, 2018


Suntory Hall’s annual Chamber Music Garden festival takes place again in the early summer. Founded in 2011 in order that people can access chamber music in a casual and relaxed setting, it has now become one of Japan’s largest chamber music festivals. This year, 20 concerts are held during the 16-day festival in the intimate atmosphere of Suntory Hall’s “Blue Rose” (Small Hall). Highlights include the Beethoven cycle by the Cuarteto Casals, an evening of piano trios by Trio Wanderer, and a collaboration of Japanese and Korean musicians in “ASIA-Ensemble at TOKYO”.

1. For the annual Beethoven String Quartet cycle, Chamber Music Garden welcomes Cuarteto Casals from Spain which is celebrating their 20th anniversary season with Beethoven cycles in major venues including London and Berlin. Performed in six concerts over four days, this will be their only cycle outside Europe (June 7-10). The Beethoven cycle, a much-anticipated feature of Chamber Music Garden, returns after a year’s break due to the renovation of Suntory Hall.

2. Another focus of this year’s festival is to bring distinguished chamber musicians/groups and rising artists of the younger generation together. Three young, emerging Korean musicians will participate in the “ASIA-Ensemble at TOKYO” concert (June 3), and internationally-acclaimed violinist Kyoko Takezawa is joined by selected fellows of Suntory Hall’s Chamber Music Academy in the concert celebrating the 30th anniversary of her debut (June 13).

3. Trio Wanderer, one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, will perform three masterpieces from the piano trio repertoire including Schubert’s E-flat major Trio (June 15). They will also take part in the Final Concert (June 17), along with the Küchl Quartett, Kyoko Takezawa and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi (cello).

4. In addition to the main concerts, “Precious 1 pm” is a series of one-hour weekday lunchtime concerts introduced from the stage by the musicians. In the first of the series, the distinguished faculty members of the Chamber Music Academy, including former Tokyo String Quartet players Koichiro Harada, Kikuei Ikeda (violins) and Kazuhide Isomura (viola), present popular highlights of the repertoire (June 6). Paris-based pianist Momo Kodama has devised a theatrical program mixing Debussy’s instrumental music with songs and readings (June 8), and Michie Koyama (piano) and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi perform a program of Russian cello sonatas (June 13). We also continue the popular weekend morning concerts by the current fellows of our Chamber Music Academy (June 3, 16). The festival offers a wide-ranging program to meet the diverse interests of the audience.

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