2018 Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival - the Line-up Announcement

Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival Executive Committee is happy to announce the 2018 Season Opening Dates & the Line-up.
For details, please see the link below.

2018 Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival - the 2018 Seaon Line-up Annoucement

The Premium talk with the OMF Director Seiji Ozawa live at NHK Asaichi

On January 12, the OMF Director Seiji Ozawa will be a guest in the premium talk live at NHK asaichi, the most widely viewed Japan national TV news program.
Ozawa was for the first time the guest of the program in Feb, 2015.
This time in the premium talk with Yumiko Udo and other two TV casters, Ozawa will talk about the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Opera Project and its next performance which will take part in March 2018, along with the educational projects which evolved from a small junior highschool in Yamanouchi town of Okushiga in Nagano Prefecture, among many other activities he is currently putting an effort in.

Don't miss out this unique opportunity to learn more about current activities of Seiji Ozawa and his work.

■ NHK《asaichi》
Scheduled Date: Jan 12, 2018 (fri) 8:15~9:45
※Broadcast time subject to change.

On the passing of Robert Mann - Statement from Seiji Ozawa (OMF Director) and the OMF Executive Committee

Robert Mann passed away at the night of January 1st, 2018, at his home in Manhattan, NY. He was 97.

The statement from Seiji Ozawa (OMF Director)

I am extremely moved and very sad to hear about the loss of Robert Mann.
Bobby taught us about quartet and its importance in music. He was the one who created the chance for the beginning of what today is the International Chamber Music Academy Okushiga, the Seiji Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy in Switzerland, he created beautiful music with us at the Saito Kinen Festival. I am deeply grateful for all this.

He was a wonderful friend.
It's very sad to know he is no longer with us.


The statement from OMF Executive Committee

Robert Mann, a founding member of the Juillird String Quartet, which was formed in 1946, had been the first violinist for more than five decades. In 1993, he appeared at the Saito Kinen Festival for the first time as a member of the Juilliard String Quartet. In 1998, he returned to the festival with his wife, Lucy Rowan, for the performance of “WORD and MUSIC”, in which Robert Mann played violin and Lucy Rowan narrated. Since then he collaborated with the Saito Kinen Orchestra members many times for chamber music concerts, playing string quartet and piano quintet. His concerts at the Harmony Hall, Matsumoto became an annual event for the festival and attracted a large audience. He also conducted the Saito Kinen Orchestra and the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra, and his involvement with the festival continued until the “Robert Mann Special Concert” in 2010, celebrating his 90th birthday.

In addition, he devoted his energy for educating young musicians every summer at the Chamber Music Study Group for Young People for teaching and conducting string orchestra as a part of the Saito Kinen Festival, and this study group has been developed as the Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy Okushiga, which is still going on.

He has brought enourmous influence into Matsumoto and Japan through his music and fantastic string quartet.
We express our sincere gratitude. May he rest in peace.

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2017OMF Orchestra Concert Program B to be aired today on BS Asahi!

The live recording of the Orchestra Concert Program B (Conducted by: Seiji Ozawa, Nathalie Stutzmann / Performed by Saito Kinen Orchestra) held this summer in Matsumoto on August 25 (Fri) will be broadcast today at BS Asahi from 9:00 am. Don’t miss out!

Dec 30 (Sat) 9:00-10:30 am BS Asahi (National broadcast only)

2017OMF Orchestra Concert Program B
Beethoven: Leonore Overture No.3, Op.72b
Mahler: From “The Youth’s Magic Horn”
Dvořák: Symphony No.7 in D minor, Op.70, B.141

Saito Kinen Orchestra
Conductors: Seiji Ozawa (Beethoven)
Nathalie Stutzmann (Mahler, Dvořák)
Soprano: Lydia Teuscher (Mahler)

Seiji Ozawa’s Educational Activities featured in Japan Times on Sunday and Women’s Magazine “Kateigaho”

Seiji Ozawa’s more than thirty years involvement in educational activities which among others include “Concert for Children” and “Opera for Children” educational programs have been featured over 20 pages in the Women Fashion Magazine "Kateigaho" - (January Issue / On Sale as of Dec 1, 2017), alongside the exclusive interview with Seiji Ozawa. This Special Feature covers the 2017OMF Concert for Children and Opera for Children performances held by Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra in Matsumoto this summer.

Under the theme of Seiji Ozawa and a next generation, the origin of Ozawa’s educational activities - the Ozawa Concert at Yamanouchi Junior Highschool (Nagano Prefecture Yamanouchi town) alongside with the Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy, Seiji Ozawa Music Academy and Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland have been introduced in the Time Out feature of the Japan Times on Sunday.This precious article covers also Ozawa’s personal encounter with the classical music and conducting. It is currently available online at the Japan Times on Sunday - Time Out. For full article, please see here.


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