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No.she030June 15, 2022

Suntory Hall Summer Festival 2022
August 21-28, 2022 at Suntory Hall, Tokyo

This year's Suntory Hall Summer Festival will take place on August 21-28, 2022. Initiated in 1987, the festival is an important annual event not only for Suntory Hall, but also for Tokyo's active contemporary music scene.
Every August, leading musicians in the field from both Japan and abroad gather in Tokyo to present the cutting-edge music of our age. As in previous years, the Summer Festival is formed of three different strands: (1) “The Producer Series”, (2) “Theme Composer” as part of the “Suntory Hall International Program for Music Composition”, and (3) “Yasushi Akutagawa Suntory Award for Music Composition”, an award given to the most outstanding work premiered in Japan in the previous year.
This year's programme is as follows:

1. The Producer Series: Klangforum Wien

In this series, each year a different artist/ensemble is invited to curate a series of concerts from his/her/their unique point of view. Following the success of Ensemble Intercontemporain last summer, this year's producer is another highly regarded contemporary music ensemble from Europe, the Klangforum Wien. Since its foundation in 1985, the Vienna-based group is known for “exploring new horizons of artistic creativity together with the most important composers of our time”.
Klangforum Wien will produce and perform four varied concerts, two in the Main Hall and two in the Blue Rose (Small Hall). To celebrate the centenary of the birth of the visionary composer Iannis Xenaxis (1922-2001), they will perform his epic ballet score Kraanerg, conducted by Emilio Pomàrico (August 26, Main Hall). The orchestral concert (August 22, Main Hall) entitled “Pioneers of the Future”, will include Japanese premieres of works by Johannes Maria Staud, Eiko Tsukamoto, and Georg Friedrich Haas. In the Blue Rose, they will present two Viennese-themed chamber music concerts: “Family Tree of Klangforum” (August 23) which features several composers with whom they have had long-term connections including Beat Furrer, Friedrich Cerha, and Olga Neuwirth, and “Das neue Wien” (August 25), in which they will look back at the roots of the Second Viennese school – Schoenberg, Berg, and Mahler – through new chamber arrangements.
Please click the following link to read a special essay on the Klangforum Wien by Vienna-based critic Walter Weidringer.

2. Theme Composer: Isabel Mundry (Suntory Hall International Program for Music Composition No. 44)

The Theme Composer series presents a portrait of a leading international composer, and commissions him/her a new orchestral work that is premiered during the festival. This year's theme composer, postponed from 2020, is German composer Isabel Mundry (b.1963) Professor for Composition at the Musikhochschule München; this will be the first time her music will be featured extensively in Tokyo. In her compositions, Mundry explores the relationships between time, space, and perception in rich, multi-faceted ways, which are woven into a highly unique sonic language. In the Chamber Music Portrait, five of her compositions for diverse ensembles will be performed by an exciting lineup of Japanese musicians (August 24, Blue Rose). In the Orchestra Portrait concert, the world premiere of Gesture for viola and orchestra (co-commissioned by Suntory Hall and Bayerischer Rundfunk/musica viva) will be given by the brilliant violist Nils Mönkemeyer with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Wendeberg (August 28, Main Hall).
Mundry will also lead a public Music Composition Workshop with young Japanese composers (August 21, Blue Rose).
Please click the following link to learn more about the International Program for Music Composition :

3. The 32nd Yasushi Akutagawa Suntory Award for Music Composition

This award is presented to the most notable orchestral work by a Japanese composer premiered during the previous year (January-December 2021). Following the performance of the three nominated works, the jury (Kenji Sakai, Norio Fukushi, and Akiko Yamane) will conduct the deliberations on stage in public. This year, the works of Makoto Ohata, Kohsuke Negishi, and Yuya Haryu are nominated, which will be performed by the New Japan Philharmonic conducted by Yoichi Sugiyama (August 27, Main Hall). The concert will be preceded by the world premiere of the new work for two pianos and orchestra by Kenta Onoda, the winner of the 2020 award. There will also be an opportunity for the public to vote for their favourite piece. A live-stream of the performances and deliberations will be available.
Please click the following link to learn more about The 32nd Yasushi Akutagawa Suntory Award for Music Composition:

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