Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra to tour Russia in Appreciation of the Support

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The Japan Foundation organizes the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra’s tour in Russia taking place from March 27 to April 1, 2013.

Since the orchestra gave its first charity concert on March 26, 2011, just two weeks after the Great East Japan Earthquake, they have cooperated with many other musicians and continuously engaged in recovery efforts encouraging people in the devastated areas through “the power of music”. 

This Russia tour is organized to express a sincere gratitude for the supports from all over the world extended to Japan. The orchestra, as a representative of Japanese people, also aims to show overseas how people in the devastated areas are currently trying to recover as receiving the encouragement from music.  

The programme includes “Requiem for Strings” composed by Toru Takemitsu, expressing condolences for all those who lost their lives in the Great East Japan Earthquake; Dvořák’s “From the New World”, a very familiar composition to Japanese people, with which the orchestra started their performance again right after the earthquake; and Debussy’s “Nocturne” and “La mer”, ones of the masterpieces in French classical music. Conducted by Pascal Verrot, who has been serving as Chief Conductor of the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006, the orchestra welcomes soloist Mayuko Kamio performing Tchaikovsky’s “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra,” for which she won the first prize in the violin section at the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Related programs include several events, such as screenings of the charity concerts, photo exhibitions, mini concerts, and lectures.

Read an essay on the tour written by Kahoku Shimpo reporter Shuntaro Kanno, who traveled with the orchestra, in Wochi Kochi Magazine.

Dates: March 27 - April 1, 2013

Conductor: Pascal Verrot (Chief Conductor of the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra)
Violinist: Mayuko Kamio (First prize winner of the 13th International Tchaikovsky Competition)
Chorus: Miyagi Sanjo OG Chorus
Orchestra: Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra
Programme: Programme A (March 27, 31)

T.Takemitsu: Requiem for Strings
P.I.Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op.35
C.Debussy: Nocturne
C.Debussy: “La mer” - Trois esquisses symphoniques pour orchestre

Programme B (March 30)

E.Elgar: No.9 "Nimrod" from Variations on an Original Theme "Enigma" Op.36
G.Bizet: From Opera “Carmen”
Y.Toyama: Rhapsody for Orchestra
Dvořák:Symphony No.9 in E minor  “From the New World” , Op.95

Organized by: The Japan Foundation
Co-organized by: Embassy of Japan in Russia, Consulate-General of Japan in Saint-Petersburg
Produced by: Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra
In Cooperation with: Center for Recovery Through the Power of Music
  • Saint Petersburg (1 performance)
    Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
    Venue: St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra Grand Hall
  • Moscow (2 performances)
    Date: Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31, 2013
    Venue: Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory Great Hall
  • Moscow
    Concert and exchange activity at the junior/senior high school (Russian and Japanese minyo [folk music], and others)
    Date: Monday, April 1, 2013
    Venue: Moscow School 1959

Performers Profiles

Pascal Verrot (Chief Conductor of the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra)

Photo of Pascal Verrot (Chief Conductor of the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra)Pascal Verrot was born in 1959 in Lyon, France, and earned a degree at the Sorbonne and graduated from the Paris Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique as a top for conducting. After serving as Seiji Ozawa's assistant at the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1986 to 1990, he has worked at the internationally prestigious orchestras, including the Quebec Symphony Orchestra in Canada. Currently, Verrot also serves as a Principal Guest Conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. His conducting has been also well-received for opera productions, and led many of the world's renowned opera houses to their great successes. In April 2006, he assumed his current role, Chief Conductor of the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Mayuko Kamio (Violinist)

Photo of Mayuko Kamio (Violinist)Mayuko Kamio started to play violin at the age of 4. She is widely known as the first prize winner of the 13th International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2007. Her recitals have been internationally well-received by both public and media including The New York Times. She has previously played together with many of the world's renowned orchestras, such as the Boston Pops, the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, the Israel Philharmonic, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In recent year, she toured in South America with Munich Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. Furthermore, she has made recordings of "Paganini/Caprices Op.1" and "Tchaikovsky/Violin Concerto", released by the RCA Red Seal Label.
Her instrument is a 1735 Guarneri del Gesu "Sennhauser", on loan from The Stradivari Society.

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Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra

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Photo: Hideo Nagai

Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra was formed as an amateur community-based orchestra in 1973. Following year, they held their first regular concerts, and became the professional orchestra in 1978. They currently hold more than 120 concerts within a year, mainly in the East Japan area. After the earthquake, the orchestra had no choice but to cancel nearly all of their scheduled concerts for several months. However, they established the "Center for Recovery through the Power of Music" under the slogan "Connecting hearts, connecting lives", and have continuously brought music directly to people living in the devastated area, aiming to enhance the social bond among them. They received the Exxon Mobil Award in the international music category 2011 for their recovery efforts activities, and also were supported exceptionally by WATANABE Akeo Music Foundation. Currently, the orchestra has appointed Pascal Verrot as a Chief Conductor, Kazuhiro Koizumi as a Principal Guest Conductor, and Kazuki Yamada as a Music Partner.

Since the orchestra gave the first charity concert on March 26, 2011, just two weeks after the earthquake, they have received the supports from Japan and overseas and given more than 280 performances, cooperating with many other musicians at shelters, schools, and hospitals within the devastated areas.

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