SaLaD Music Festival Main Event
The gala concert begins with Governor Yuriko Koike conducting.
It’s a special concert in which you’ll enjoy the collaboration of orchestra and dance.
■SaLaD Discount: 10% Off (S to B Seats)
Eligibility: Individuals aged 25 or younger and 65 or older/ Individuals with disabilities and their care provider (Limited to 1 each. Confirmation required on the day of the event. Please show identification when entering the venue.)
*SaLaD discount tickets cannot be exchanged after purchase. Individuals entering the venue with a ticket for adults will not be refunded the difference.
*Special Seats for Wheelchair Users are available through TMSO Guide only.
*Preschool-age and younger children are not allowed to enter the venue.
*Performers and programs may change in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
*Excluding cancellation, changes or refunds will not be made.
*Tickets cannot be reissued.
*KOBAYASHI Daisuke, the baritone, who was scheduled to appear in the concert is unable to perform due to illness. He will be replaced by KOMORI Teruhiko.
Kazushi Ono is currently Music Director of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Bar-celona Symphony Orchestra. He was formerly General Music Director of Badisches Staats-theater Karlsruhe, Music Director of La Monnaie in Brussels, Principal Guest Conductor of Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, and Principal Conductor of Opéra National de Lyon. Ono will be inaugurated as Artistic Director of Opera of New National Theatre, Tokyo in September 2018. He received numerous awards including Palmarès du Prix de la Critique and Asahi Prize. He was selected to be a Person of Cultural Merits. In May 2017, Opéra de Lyon, where Kazushi Ono served as Principal Conductor for nine years, received the Best Opera Company Award at the 2017 International Opera Awards. Ono himself received the Officierde l’ordredes Arts et des Lettres(Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters) from the Government of France and the Special Medal from Lyon City in June 2017.
KONDO Ryohei,Choreography & Dance
President of Condors – Dance Company, choreographer and dancer. Received the Shuji Terayama Award at the 4th Asahi Performing Arts Awards. Received the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award at the 67th Fine Arts Awards. Featured in the TBS TV’s Jonetsu Tairiku and NHK TV’s NEO – Office Chuckles and more. Director of choreography for TV Exercise for Office Workers in NHK TV’s NEO – Office Chuckles, and NODA MAP Piper produced by Hideki Noda. Kondo made his debut as an actor in the four-person stage play, THE BEE, produced by Hideki Noda. Appeared in the movie, School Days with a Pig, produced by Tetsu Maeda. Director of choreography for the opening of the NHK television drama series Teppan, a movie version of Yatterman produced by Takashi Miike, and the Japanese movie version of The Little Prince, performed by Aoi Miyazaki. Teaches dance as a part-time lecturer at Joshibi University of Art and Design, and Rikkyo University. Raised in Peru, Chili and Argentine. Loves dogs.
Naoko Yoshino’s solo engagements with the world’s top orchestras have included the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and The Philadelphia Orchestra, with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Pierre Boulez, Herbert Blomstedt, and Seiji Ozawa.
Naoko Yoshino has been invited to numerous prestigious music festivals, such as the Lucerne, Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Marlboro, and Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festivals. Through chamber music, she has worked closely with such renowned musicians as violinist Gidon Kremer, flutists Aurèle Nicolet, Emmanuel Pahud, Jacques Zoon, and horn player Radek Baborák.
As an advocate of new repertoire for the harp, Naoko Yoshino has premiered many works, including Toru Takemitsu’s “And then I knew ‘twas Wind” and Toshio Hosokawa’s Harp Concerto “Re-turning”. Recordings to date include releases from the Teldec, Philips, and Sony Classical labels, and in 2016, she started a new recording project with her own private label “grazioso”.
Naoko Yoshino began to study harp at the age of six with Susann McDonald. She started her worldwide career in 1985, after winning first prize at the Ninth International Harp Contest in Israel.
official website: http://www.naokoyoshino.com
Countertenor FUJIKI Daichi,Tenor
Japanese countertenor Daichi Fujiki is a Prizewinner of 31st International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition World Finals in 2012 and First Prize winner of 81st The Music Competition of Japan in 2012.
He graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 2002. He then went on to complete his studies at the Operastudio of New National Theatre Tokyo, and Reale Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna.
Daichi Fujiki had his professional debut in the role of Don Curzio in Andreas Homoki's new production of Le Nozze di Figaro that opened the 2003/2004 season of the New National Theatre in Tokyo (conductor Ulf Schirmer). In October 2005, Daichi performed at the Melbourne International Arts Festival.
Daichi Fujiki lives in Vienna since 2008 and completed Cultural Management at University for Music and Performing Arts, pursuing his activity on stage. However he most recently realized then he was even more comfortable in countertenor repertoire. He decided to study again on this new basis from January 2011. He is also a Finalist of International Sacred Music Competition 2011 in Rome.
In May and June 2013, Daichi Fujiki made his debut at Teatro Comunale di Bologna with Il Trionfo di Clelia by Gluck (Mannio) and Divorzio all'aitaliana by G.Battistelli (Carmelo Patane). In November, he performed at Nissay Theatre with Lear by A.Reimann (Edgar) in Tokyo.
In 2014/15, 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 season, he engaged Guest contracts at Wiener Staatsoper as Trinculo (cover) in T.Adés’s The Tempest under the composer Thomas Adés. He also appeared at Händel Gala Concert under Richard Egarr at Tokyo Spring Festival, Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Orf’s Carmina Burana with the Japan Philharmonic of Tokyo and many other orchestras, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon) by B.Britten in Hyogo, Japan (conductor Yutaka Sado), some contemporary operas that composed for him in Kyoto and in Tokyo, J.S.Bach’s Matthäus-Passion with Bach Collegium Japan in Tokyo, Händel's Messiah, Fauré’s Requiem, Die Fledermaus (Orlofski) in Kyoto, and Bernstein’s Mass in Osaka.
Daichi Fujiki has just made his successful debut at Wiener Staatsoper in April 2017 with A. Reimann’s Medea (Herold) under Michael Border. And he is also guest engaged in 2017/18 for Händel’s Ariodante as Polinesso (cover) under William Christie at Wiener Staatsoper, Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (Arnalta, Nutrice) in Tokyo with Bach Collegium Japan, and also as Ottone in 2019. In addition, it will be composed a new contemporary opera for him by Rijndert van Woudenberg for 2018/2019 season, for the project both in Japan and in Netherlands. Daichi Fujiki has also successfully done four cities recital tour in Japan with the world legendary pianist Martin Katz in December 2017.
Daichi Fujiki/ Countertenor: https://www.daichifujiki.com/en
Graduated Showa University of Music and also completed graduate school there. 2004 Trainee of the Agency for Cultural Affairs Program for Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists. Opera trainee at the Zürich Opera House for two years from 2007. 3rd prize winner of the 39th Japan-Italy Singers’ Competition. Triple winner of the 5th Shizuoka Opera International Competition, Audience Award and Tamaki Miura Special Award.
In 2011, Akie was appointed title role of Lucia with Fujiwara Opera Company and won high acclaim by media for her outstanding performance. Since then, she has performed in opera productions both in Japan, mainly with Fujiwara Opera, and overseas. She is especially famous for Lucia’s mad scene and other roles in Rossini's operas which require highly-demanding technique. She has actively assisted in Tokyo’s New National Theater’s Special Opera program for high school students, and the 4th Shizuoka Prefectural Opera. She has also performed with Zurich Opera, Croatia Zagreb State Opera, Vicenza Olimpico Theater (Italy) etc. She is scheduled to sing the title role of La Traviata in January 2019 with Fujiwara Opera.
Winner of the 39th Kawasaki City Azalea Kagayaki Award.
Part-time lecturer of Showa University of Music.
Member of the Fujiwara Opera Company
Teruhiko Komori obtained his master’s degree from Tokyo University of the Arts and furthered his studies at Universität der Künste Berlin. From 2000, he was principal baritone soloist with Theater & Philharmonie Thüringen in Germany, and he sung many major roles including the title roles in Don Giovanni and Der fliegende Holländer. In 2011, he was awarded the title of Kammersänger. He is Professor at Tokyo College of Music and a member of Nikikai.
Condors – Dance Company led by Ryohei Kondo is made up of male dancers only. They perform in school uniforms, play music, put on puppet shows, make movies and enact short stories. In 2016, they performed at NHK Hall and were so popular that they were invited back for additional performances. They have performed in more than 30 countries, and have received rave reviews from the New York Times. Kondo received the Shuji Terayama Award at the 4th Asahi Performing Arts Awards and the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award at the 67th Fine Arts Awards. He became the director of choreography for Mr. Kondo’s Exercise in the NHK kids program, Let’s Exercise, TV Exercise for Office Workers in NHK TV’s NEO – Office Chuckles, and the NHK television drama series Teppan. He has also worked on social activities in contemporary dance through a wide range of programs such as audience-participation for infants and small children in Planning for Playing and Growing by Condors, a project supported by NHK Educational Corporation, and Dance Performance by Ryohei Kondo and Handles ,* a project supported by Saitama Prefecture.
*Handles is a dance company founded by individuals with disabilities in Saitama in 2009.
New National Theatre Chorus,Chorus
Female Chorus, New National Theatre Chorus
New National Theatre, Tokyo, opened in October 1997 as the only national theatre for the modern performing arts of Opera, Ballet, Contemporary Dance and Play. Since then, New National Theatre Chorus has made its career and played a central role in many Opera performances all through the seasons. Their ensemble ability and rich voices have achieved acclaim from co-starred singers, conductors, directors, backstage staff as well as from domestic and international media.
The Little Singers of Tokyo,Children’s Chorus
The Little Singers of Tokyo (LSOT) was established in 1951 by their founder Shinichi Hasegawa with the concept of traditional European music as a basis for music education. He introduced Renaissance works to Japanese children with the cooperation of Father Paul Annuih, which led to becoming the Japanese branch of the International Federation of Pueri Cantores in 1955. The founding spirit continues today, and their repertoire covers a wide range from Gregorian Chants to contemporary works, including commissioned works by Japanese composers: Y.Matsudaira, T.Ichiyanagi, and T.Hosokawa.
The choir consists of 4 main groups; Junior class age 6-14, the Concert Choir age 15-19 who form the core of performances, Senior & Youth Choir a young mixed voice choir, and Vintage Voice an adult chamber choir, enabling extensive concert activities.
Since the first overseas concert tour to America in 1964 when they were invited to sing at the opening of Lincoln Center, the Choir has been on 33 overseas concert tours, visiting 20 countries and regions in Europe, America, Asia, and Oceania. In 1997 the Choir was invited to the “Festival d’Automne a Paris” and in 2000 at the “Internationale Musikfestwochen Lucerne” to perform Toshio Hosokawa’s works at a portrait recital.
LSOT has collaborated with such famous artists, operatic theaters, and orchestras around the world since their performance in “Otello” “Carmen” with Maestro A. Erde and Del Monaco in 1959, we have had the honor of performing with the Teatro alla Scala, Vienna State Opera, Bolshoi Theater, Marinsky Theater, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and Czech Philharmonic Orchestra to name a few, performing under the direction of over 30 distinguished maestros including J. Fournet, D. Willcocks, E. Svetlanov, C. Kleiber, N. Santi, S. Ozawa, P. Herreweghe, and V. Gergiev. Among them, performances in Mahler’s “Symphony No.3” with the BPO conducted by C. Abbado, and “Otello” with Teatro alla Scala conducted by R. Muti, were both very well received. And in 2010 LSOT won high praises for their performance at the Tokyo Spring Music Festival in “Carmina Burana” conducted by R. Muti.
In celebration of the 60th Anniversary, LSOT invited the Choir of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh to a “Holding hand-in-hand Concert 2011” at the Suntory Hall together with 300 singers from all parts of Japan in dedication to the Great East Japan Earthquake.
For LSOT’s 65th Anniversary project the Choir is invited to the IFCM World Choral EXPO in Macau in Autumn 2015, followed by a concert tour in Italy from December to January 2016.
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
Since the establishment by Tokyo Metropolitan Government in 1965 as a part of a cultural promotion project to mark the Tokyo Olympic Games, TMSO has grown to become one of Japan's foremost professional orchestras under the Music Directors such as T.Mori, A. Watanabe, H.Wakasugi, and G.Bertini. Currently Kazushi Ono serves as Music Director, Kazuhiro Koizumi as Honorary Conductor for Life, Alan Gilbert as Principal Guest Conductor and Eliahu Inbal as Conductor Laureate.
SIn addition to a variety of subscription concerts and special concerts, TMSO is also actively engaged in efforts to support Tokyo residents, such as giving school concerts (over 50 annual-ly), concerts for physically challenged persons, and visiting institutions and islands as well as being involved in outreach activities. TMSO has received much international acclaim as the "Music Ambassador of Capital Tokyo" through overseas performances including Europe, North America and Asia. In November 2015, TMSO brought a tour in Europe under the baton of Kazushi Ono and was highly acclaimed.
Swards: the Kyoto Music Award (1991), the Japan's 50th Record Academy Award for Best Symphony Album (E.Inbal/ Shostakovich: Symphony No.4, 2012), and the Japan's 53rd Record Academy Award for Special Award (E.Inbal+TMSO/ Neuer Mahler-Zyklus 2012-2013).
official website: http://www.tmso.or.jp
Born in Tokyo in 1968.
Studied at Diploma Courses of the Toho Gakuen College.
While highly praised as a solo concertmaster of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra since 1990, Yabe has been active in chamber music and as soloist.
He has performed under noted conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Hiroshi Wakasugi, Jean Fournet, James DePreist, Eliahu Inbal, Gary Bertini, and so on.
In 1997, his solo in the theme music of a TV drama, “Aguri” on NHK created a sensation.
Born in 1971 in Tokyo.
Lived in Los Angeles, California from 2nd grade to 8th grade (elementary and junior high school).
Graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University.
Joined Fuji Television Network, Inc. in 1994 and was in charge of Professional Baseball News, FNN Super News, Mezamashi TV and many more.
Married Yakult Swallows pitcher Kazuhisa Ishii in 2000.
Gave birth to a baby boy at the end of 2001. He is now a high school student. She left Fuji TV when the baby was born.
Lived in the United States from 2002 to 2006 while her husband played for the American major-league baseball team, the LA Dodgers.
Returned to Japan in 2006 and now works as a freelance announcer.