Postponement of Saito Kinen Orchestra Brass Ensemble 2021 tour

It is with great regret to announce that we have had to postpone Saito Kinen Orchestra Brass Ensemble tour that was scheduled in 2021 February because of the new immigration restrictions on international artists’ to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Currently, we are working on rescheduling the tour for 2022. We will announce the detailed information on OMF official website and SNS once those have been decided.

We appreciate your kind understanding and your continued support.

OMF Film Concert at Shinmai MEDIA GARDEN!

OMF Film Concert will be taking place at Shinmai MEDIA GARDEN in Matsumoto city. The programs include orchestra concerts and Saito Kinen Orchestra Brass Ensemble concerts. All programs are free of charge, no reservation needed. Please drop by and enjoy the beautiful performances at a cool event hall.

□Film Concert Program□
1. Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland Documentary "Spirit of Music" (2015/54 min)
2. Haydn : Symphony No.82 in C Major, Hob. I:82 "L'ours" (2015/Conductor Fabio Luisi, Saito Kinen Orchestra/31 min)
3. 2015OMF Chamber Concert (Saito Kinen Orchestra Brass Ensemble/16 min)※Premiere
  R. Strauss: Feierlicher Einzug der Ritter des Johanniter-Ordens
  Verdi: Prelude to Act 1 from La traviata
  Irish Folk Song: Londonderry Air
4. Beethoven: Leonore Overture No.3, Op.72b (2017/Conductor Seiji Ozawa, Saito Kinen Orchestra/21 min)
5. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64(2018/Conductor Diego Matheuz, Saito Kinen Orchestra/59 min)
6. Mozart: Symphony No.35 in D major, K385 "Haffner" (2019/Conductor Diego Matheuz, Saito Kinen Orchestra/21 min)
7. 2019OMF Special Concert Saito Kinen Orchestra Brass Ensemble (14 min)※Premiere
  Dukas: Fanfare pour précéder La Péri
  Tchaikovsky: Four Pieces from Le lac des cygnes

Entrance free / Maximum 30 people

Date: Aug, 10 (Mon) - Aug, 16 (Sun)
Time: Start at 1:00 PM / Close at 4:40 PM each day
Venue:Shinmai MEDIA GARDEN 1F Hall
Hosted by Shinano Mainichi Shimbun Matumoto office
Shinmai MEDIA GARDEN Machinaka Jyoho Kyoku (TEL/0263-32-1150)


New Recordings of the 7th Symphony & Leonore Overture No. 3 with the Saito Kinen Orchestra Released on Sep 1st 2020

Decca Classics announces the release of a new record marking the 85th birthday of Grammy-winning conductor/OMF director, Seiji Ozawa. Recorded live in 2016/17, Ozawa leads the Saito Kinen Orchestra in performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 and Leonore Overture No. 3, also marking the German composer’s 250th birthday year.

Dominic Fyfe, Label Director of Decca Classics and the producer of recordings by Ozawa and the Saito Kinen Orchestra’s since 2003, says, “We all wish Seiji the happiest of birthdays. While recent years have been challenging because of illness, his music-making has shone through with a determination and resilience which are apt for Beethoven and this most exhilarating of his symphonies”.

In Ozawa’s 85th birthday year, a double Beethoven release commemorates not only the German composer’s legacy, but also that of the “lithe, balletic athlete with a shock of thick black hair” (Steven Spielberg, speaking in 1998, reflecting on their first meeting) who continues to captivate audiences well into his ninth decade.

Decca Classics releases ‘Beethoven Symphony No.7/Leonore Overture No.3' with Seiji Ozawa and the Saito Kinen Orchestra on 1st September 2020.

Ludwig van Beethoven

  1. Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72
  2. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92, i. Poco sostenuto – Vivace
  3. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92, ii. Allegretto
  4. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92, iii. Presto – Assai meno presto
  5. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92, iv. Allegro con brio


Notice of Cancellation of the 2020 Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival

We regret to announce that we are cancelling the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival (OMF) that was to be held in Matsumoto City of Nagano Prefecture this summer (August 21 through September 4, 2020) in light of circumstances surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic.

While closely monitoring government announcements and social conditions in relation to COVID-19, we have repeatedly discussed the situation with Festival Director Seiji Ozawa and the co-presenters, Nagano Prefecture and Matsumoto City. Tickets were scheduled to go on sale from June 13, but with the continuing international travel restrictions, which would prevent performers from coming to Japan, as well as domestic travel restrictions implemented with the declaration of a state of emergency, we have arrived at this decision to prioritize the safety and security of visitors, performers, volunteers, and staff.
To all who were looking forward to the festival, our partners and sponsors, and everyone involved in the preparations, we apologize and ask for your kind understanding.

Inaugurated in 1992, OMF was to mark its 29th season this year. Many people are now surely gaining a new appreciation of how precious and special it is to interact and enjoy music in the same physical space. We will share the dates and other details for the festival next year once they are confirmed, but 2021 will mark an illustrious milestone of thirty years. It is our hope that by then, this global crisis will be but a distant memory, and that the environment to deliver performances of the Saito Kinen Orchestra and other superb musicians will have been restored. In the meanwhile, we will place even greater effort into preparing for 2021. We hope for your ongoing support of the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival.

Tadashi Hori, President of Saito Kinen Foundation
Akio Tsubota, Executive Officer of Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival Executive Committee

It is very regrettable that we cannot deliver music at a time when it is most needed.
I was hoping to hold the music festival in my beloved Matsumoto, but have decided to cancel it because now is the time to protect everyone.
I am already looking forward to seeing you all next year and hope for the swift return of a world where we can feel safe.

Director of Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival

[Audition announcement] 2020 OMF Chamber Music Study Group -Liedduo-

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©Michiharu Okubo / 2019 Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival

【Postpone announcement of 2020OMF Liedduo audition】
Audition for 2020 OMF Chamber Music Study Group -Liedduo- which was scheduled on March 23 (Mon) was postponed due to the coronavirus situation.
Alternative dates will be announced shortly.
Thank you for your understanding.

Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival has been putting its effort to educate young musicians and marking a great success.
We are happy to announce that the festival welcomes Prof. Mitsuko Shirai as a teacher again and has Liedduo Masterclass at Okushiga Kogen as OMF Chamber Music Study Group. We will have 2 concerts to show their growth.

Please see below for audition information.

Schedule Aug. 13, 2020 (Thu) – Aug. 22, 2020 (Sat)
Place Okushiga Kogen in Nagano prefecture: Sportsheim/Okushiga Kogen Hotel The Music Hall
Matsumoto city in Nagano prefecture: Agata no Mori Bunka Kaikan
Contents 1) Liedduo (DeutschesLied) Lessons. The class will teach Japanese songs as well.
2) 2 concerts by master class course members (8/20 Okushiga Kogen, 8/22 Matsumoto city)
Teacher Mitsuko Shirai (Mezzo-soprano/Professor at Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe, Guest professor at Kunitachi College of Music)
Mitsuko Shirai
© Masanori Hotta
Expenses ・Traffic expenses to Nagano station and from Matsumoto station are the responsibility of the individuals. ※In case you are joining the class from overseas, there will be a support from the festival. Please ask for details.
・Accommodation fee and meal expenses regarding the classes are covered by the festival.
Number of candidates Liedduo 6 groups (in total 12 singers and pianists.)
Entry condition Under 35 as of April 1st, 2020. Studying at or graduated from music university, graduate school or academy. Or anyone who has a same quality. Duo application is preferable, but if you prefer applying as solo singer or solo pianist, please ask.
Audition To be announced
Venue To be announced
Repertoire 3 Free songs (DeutscheLieder). 10 min per duo.
Application Application form (Google Forms)
Application close To be announced
For inquiry E-mail:


Participants in 2019 *as of August 2019
Hideki Matayoshi [Tenor / 🇯🇵 / *Master of music at Tokyo University of the Arts]
Azusa Saito [Piano / 🇯🇵 / *Master of music at Kunitachi College of Music]

Yuki Kuroda [Baritone / 🇯🇵 / *Master of music at Tokyo University of the Arts]
Sayaka Kimura [Piano / 🇯🇵 / *Graduate student at Universität der Künste Berlin]

Yusuke Koike [Baritone / 🇯🇵 / *Graduate student at Tokyo University of the Arts]
Nao Arioka [Piano / 🇯🇵 / *Master of music at Kunitachi College of Music]

Hyunseon Kang [Soprano / 🇰🇷 / *Master of music at Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe]
Uram Kim [Piano / 🇰🇷 / *Master of music at Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe]

Anna Ryabenkaya [Soprano / 🇷🇺 / *Undergraduate student at Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität]
Aleksandra Dragosavac [Piano / 🇷🇸 / *Graduate student at Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität]

Soyeon Lee [Mezzo Soprano / 🇰🇷 / *Soloist Exam at Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe]
Anu Rautakoski [Piano / 🇫🇮 / *Soloist Exam at Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe]