2023OMF Screen Concert in Taiwan: Re-scheduled date for Takao venue is announced!

The 2023OMF Screen Concert in Takao city, which was postponed due to the typhoon, is re-scheduled for screening on this Friday, Sep 29 at 19:00.

Date and time: Sep 29, 2023 (fri) 19:00
Place: Headphone Cinema, National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts

The details on applications and entry are available here:, in Chinese only.

Reference link:
2023OMF Screen Concert in Taiwan
2023OMF Screen Concert Official Website (Chinese only)

2023 Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival has ended with great success! See you August 10th to September 4th in 2024!

The 2023 Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival had 7 programs with 8 performances over 19 days from August 19th. The “Concert for Children” on September 6th at Kissei Bunka Hall marked the finale of the 2023 Festival. A total of approximately 9500 audience came to the paid performances.

The Festival opened with "OMF Chamber Music Study Group - Liedduo Recital," <Orchestra Concert Program A> featured Yasuhito Sugiyama (Saito Kinen Orchestra member) as soloist under the direction of Stéphane Denève for Tuba Concerto. Together with OMF Choir and Tokyo Opera Singers, masterpieces of Poulenc and Ravel were performed by the Saito Kinen Orchestra. <Orchestra Concert Program B> witnessed Director Seiji Ozawa's long-held dream of co-starring SKO with his beloved friend John Williams come true. Both orchestra performances received generous applause from the audience.

Three "Chamber Concerts” offered once-in-a lifetime ensembles played by SKO members at Harmony Hall. Maestro Diego Matheuz, the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy, and up and coming opera singers performed Acts 1 and 2 from Puccini’s La Bohème for “OMF Opera”. Three “Demae” Concerts with free admission were enjoyed by residents of assisted living who rarely have the opportunity to listen to live classical music, as well as by the local residents of Matsumoto. One of the “Demae” Concerts was held at Matsumoto City Museum, scheduled to open in October 2023.

"Opera for Children" and "Concert for Children" invited over 10,000 children from elementary and junior high schools in Nagano Prefecture. The educational programs founded with the beginning of the festival have been steadily carried forward into the new era.

We would like to express our gratitude to all of you who came to Matsumoto to listen to music this summer, as well as the volunteer staff who supported the festival behind the scenes, and the sponsor companies and related parties who made this festival possible.

The 2024 Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival is scheduled from August 10th (Sat) to, September 4th (Wed). Maestro Andris Nelsons, who received great applause at the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival 30th anniversary special performance in 2022, and Maestra Nodoka Okisawa, who also conducted Mozart’s "Le Nozze di Figaro" last year, will return to the festival in 2024.

Details of the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival 2024 are to be announced. We are looking forward to seeing you at the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival 2024.


"Concert for Children" Conductor Change Announcement

Due to illness, Carl St. Clair initially scheduled for conducting "Concert for Children" performance on Sep. 4, Sep. 5, and Sep. 6 2023, will be replaced by Diego Matheuz (Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Principal Conductor).

The program remains the same. We appreciate your understanding.

Educational Program「Concert for Children
Sep. 4 (Mon) Nagano-ken Ina Bunka Kaikan
Sep. 5 (Tue) , Sep. 6 (Wed) Kissei Bunka Hall (Nagano-ken Matsumoto Bunka Kaikan)
※This program is intended for educational purposes only. No entry to general public.

[Original program] Conductor: Carl St. Clair
[Program Change] Conductor: Diego Matheuz


Conductor:Diego Matheuz (Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Principal Conductor)
Diego Matheuz belongs to the first generation of outstanding musicians emerging from Venezuela’s El Sistema. With a busy conducting career in Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin and North America, he is firmly established on the international circuit and looks back at fruitful periods as principal conductor of La Fenice in Venice, principal guest conductor—upon Claudio Abbado’s invitation—of the Orchestra Mozart Bologna, and as principal guest conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
A particularly significant moment in his career was the gala concert celebrating the 120th anniversary of Deutsche Grammophon at Suntory Hall in December 2018, where he exchanged the baton with Seiji Ozawa to conduct the Saito Kinen Orchestra with soloist Anne-Sophie Mutter.
Subsequently, Seiji Ozawa invited Mr. Matheuz for concerts with the SKO at the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival and on tour in China. In 2022, he worked on Die Fledermaus with the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy, an exemplary performance which resulted in his appointment as the Music Academy’s first-ever principal conductor.
In opera, Mr. Matheuz worked at the Berlin and Bavarian State Operas, Paris Opera, the Liceu in Barcelona, and Rossini Festival Pesaro. In June 2021 he scored a major personal success with his first Aida at the Arena di Verona. With Carmen, he will give his debut at the Met in 2024.
In Venezuela, Mr. Matheuz forms and expands the repertoire of the Sistema orchestras. He also works with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, of which he is principal conductor.

2023OMF Screen Concert in Taiwan: Notice of postponement (Takao City)

The 2023 OMF Screen Concert, which was scheduled to be held in Takao City, Taiwan, today on Sep. 3rd (Sun) at 19:00, has been postponed due to the typhoon. The new date and time will be announced in due course.

The Screen concert in Taipei will be held at Breeze Cinemas from 15:30 and 19:00 as initially scheduled.

2023OMF Screen Concert in Taiwan

Standing ovation for John Williams x Stéphane Denève x SKO Orchestra Concert B Program!

Director Seiji Ozawa's long time friend John Williams came to Japan for the first time since 1993. Seiji’s long-awaited dream of co-starring with John Williams finally came true today.

As soon as the concert program was announced in February this year, there was an immediate huge response. For the first time in the festival's history, advance ticket sales were made by lottery, and the overall application rate was 14 times higher. The auditorium was filled with anticipation even before the performance began, marking the beginning of the last orchestral performance of the summer.

In the first half, two pieces related to Japan were conducted by Maestro Stéphane Denève. Mo. Denève who is well trusted by Mo. John Williams, conducted the gala concert celebrating Mo. John Williams' 90th birthday. It opened with "Sound the Bells", which was composed to commemorate the marriage of Prince Naruhito Princess Masako (at the time), and "Tributes! (For Seiji)", which was written to celebrate the quarter-century artistic collaboration between Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. “Distant Earth” Suite, and “E.T.”' followed raising expectations for the second half.

The appearance of Mo. John Williams on stage inflamed the audience. “Superman March” was met with enthusiastic applause from the audience!
Mo.Williams spoke to the audience about his return to Japan after 30 years and the joy of re-uniting with beloved friend and the Director Seiji Ozawa. Cellist Sumire Kudo translated the message for the Japanese audience.

"Schindler's List" theme was played with Yasushi Toyoshima’s melancholic violin solo. Songs from “Harry Potter” and “Star Wars” were also played. The auditorium was filled with emotions. After the encores of "Yoda's Theme," "Raiders' March," and "Imperial March," the audience gave a long standing ovation for Mo.Williams and SKO.

Director Ozawa also appeared during endless curtain calls. Mo. John Williams, Mo. Stéphane Denève and SKO members appeared on the stage with the customary prefectural flower, gentian. Never ending enthusiastic and warm applause erupted from both the stage and the audience commented on the success of the performance. Thank you everyone who came to today!

Tomorrow, September 3rd, special screen concerts of the performance will be held at two locations in Matsumoto City. Free admission to the screen concert at Matsumoto Castle Park. Please experience the exciting performance yourself!

“I’m so pleased to have been able to return to Japan after so many years. Performing my music with the brilliant Saito Kinen Orchestra and most importantly reuniting with my dear friend Seiji Ozawa has been, for me, the honor of a lifetime.”
─ John Williams

“Thank you John for coming to Matsumoto.
My dream of you conducting and experiencing the SKO came true. I feel so fortunate and happy. It was wonderful. Thank you!”
─ Seiji Ozawa



Orchestra Concert Program B Encore

Thank you for coming to Orchestra Concert Program B at Kissei Bunka Hall.

Encore were:

John Williams: Yoda's Theme
       Raiders March
       Imperial March

Sep. 2 (Sat) Orchestra Concert Program B Tickets for the Day Information

Orchestra Concert Program B Tickets for the Day Information

Sep. 2 (Sat) performance
Venue: Kissei Bunka Hall

Tickets Sold Out

Door Open: 14:30
Start: 15:00

"Opera for Children" A total of 59 schools in Nagano prefecture, about 4,300 first-year junior high school students watched!

The educational program “Opera for Children" invites first-year junior high school students in Nagano Prefecture to opera performances.

The history of the educational program goes back to 1992 with the founding of the Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto. Director Seiji Ozawa’s strong passion has kept the program going for 30 years, and more than 430,000 children have been invited to opera performances.

The students enjoyed Act 1 and 2 from Puccini's "La Bohème". Before the performance began, an introduction to orchestral instruments was given. Eijiro Takanashi, who played the role of Alcindoro, served as the narrator and members of the Seiji Ozawa Academy Orchestra appeared from various locations such as the stage and audience to introduce the sounds of 14 instruments.

Under the direction of Maestro Diego Matheuz, the students were fascinated by the natural power of the singers' voices, the live performance of the orchestra, the luxurious stage equipment, and the dramatic story unfolding up close. The 2023 OMF "Opera for Children" was enjoyed by approximately 4,300 first-year junior high school students from 59 schools in Nagano prefecture.


Aug. 30 (Wed) Chamber Concert Ⅲ Tickets for the Day Information

Chamber Concert III Tickets information

Venue: The Harmony Hall
Tickets for the Day Sales Start: 17:30
Ticket Price: ¥6000 / U-25: ¥3000(All seats reserved)

Door Open: 18:30
Start: 19:00

Chamber Concert II~SKO Brass Ensemble~ Encore

Thank you for coming to Chamber Concert II~SKO Brass Ensemble~ at The Harmony Hall.

Encore were:

Alan Menken: A Whole New World
Joe Zawinul: Birdland