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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.

TRACKLIST
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

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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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【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)
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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: omftokyo@ozawa-festival.com

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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]

Director Seiji Ozawa and OMF will be on air on NHK News Watch 9 tonight!

2019OMF concerts and Director Seiji Ozawa interview will be on air on NHK News Watch 9 tonight from 9 PM. Don't miss it!

OMF comes back in 2020 summer!

We are happy to announce that Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival comes back in 2020 summer. Fabio Luisi, who made a amazing performance in this year's OMF, is coming back to Matsumoto. It will be his 6th time to join the festival, and this is the highest number among all the guest conductors. The relationship between Fabio and Saito Kinen Orchestra made like a steel, they always make a great harmony and we are already looking forward to the excitement these two would bring to us.
Along with Fabio Luisi, French conductor Stéphane Denève will conduct the SKO. He conducted at Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto in 2013 for Opera Ravel: L'heure espagnole. 
Program details will be announced later. Ticket sales are scheduled in June 13th 2020. Please look forward to 2020OMF!

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