No.she013   June 21, 2018


Suntory Hall Summer Festival 2018 will take place on August 22 -September 1. Established in 1987, soon after the opening of Suntory Hall, this large-scale annual focus on international contemporary music forms an important part of the hall’s summer calendar. The festival explores the diverse contemporary music scene through three different strands: (1) “The Producer Series”, (2) “Theme Composer” as part of the “Suntory Hall International Program for Music Composition” series, and (3) “Competition of Akutagawa Award for Music Composition”.
This year’s program is as follows:

  • 1. “The Producer Series: Ichiro Nodaira”
    In this series, which started in 2013, each year a different producer curates a series of contemporary music from his/her individual point of view. This year’s series is produced by the highly-regarded Japanese composer Ichiro Nodaira, who is equally active as pianist and conductor. With his strong background in French music, he has devised a program that looks both at the past and the future of French contemporary music. Highlights include the performance of Pierre Boulez’s seminal work “Pli selon pli” by Pierre-André Valade, Rie Hamada and the Tokyo Symphony (September 1, Main Hall), the world premiere of Nodaira’s opera “Exile” (based on the script by Tami Nodaira) which he will conduct himself (Performed in English. August 22 & 23, Blue Rose [Small Hall]), and the Japanese premiere of Philippe Manoury’s hugely ambitious “Le temps, mode d’emploi” for piano duo and electronics (August 27, Blue Rose).

  • 2. “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. This year’s theme composer, chosen by the current series supervisor Toshio Hosokawa, is the extraordinarily talented German clarinettist, conductor and composer Jörg Widmann. In this series Widmann is featured not only as composer, but he will be conducting and performing as soloist in both the chamber music concert (August 25, Blue Rose and orchestral concert (August 31, Main Hall). In the latter, the world premiere of the Violin Concerto No. 2 will take place with his sister Carolin Widmann as soloist and himself conducting the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Widmann is one of the most distinguished violinists of her generation, equally at home in contemporary works and classical repertoire.
    More about the International Program for Music Composition here:

  • 3. The third strand of the Summer Festival is the “Competition of Akutagawa Award for Music Composition” (August 26, Main Hall). 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 500,000 Japanese Yen as well as a commission for a new orchestral work.
    The works of this year’s three finalists, Malika Kishino, Tetsuo Kubo, and Naoki Sakata, will be performed by Yoichi Sugiyama and New Japan Philharmonic, preceded by the world premiere of the commissioned work “Morning Haze Junction” by Yukiko Watanabe, winner in 2016. On the jury are Jummei Suzuki, Ichiro Nodaira, and Naoko Hishinuma.

Full listings of the Summer Festival 2018 can be found at the following:

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