OMF 30th Anniversary Special Concerts finished with a round of applause! OMF2023 will be held from Aug 20 -Sep 6!

Special performances commemorating the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival since 1992 (formerly called Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto) were greatly appreciated by the audience both on November 25th in Matsumoto and on November 26th in Nagano.

Maestro Andris Nelsons conducted the Saito Kinen Orchestra for the first time for this special occasion. Mo. Nelsons orchestrated Mahler's Symphony No.9 beautifully and brought out a magnificent tone from the masterful SKO. Mo. Nelsons is the active music director of Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Festival Director Seiji Ozawa had held the same position for 29 years. No wonder why Mo. Nelsons and SKO fit like a glove.

We would like to thank approximately 3,800 audience who came to the performances at Kissei Bunka Hall and Hokuto Bunka Hall.

The 2023 Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival will step forward for the next 30 years. Save your dates from August 20th to September 6th, for OMF2023. Details of the festival its be announced later. Let’s meet you all soon!


In a historic first, Seiji Ozawa and the Saito Kinen Orchestra deliver an orchestra performance to outer space with JAXA

On Wednesday, November 23 at 6:30 PM at Kissei Bunka Hall (Nagano-ken Matsumoto Bunka Kaikan), OMF Director Seiji Ozawa conducted the Saito Kinen Orchestra (SKO) for the first time in four years (first time in five years in Matsumoto) to deliver a live stream of Beethoven’s “Egmont” Overture to astronaut Koichi Wakata, who is currently on a mission at the International Space Station (ISS) “Kibo.” This is the first time in history for an orchestra performance to be delivered live to space!

This music performance is part of the “One Earth Mission – Unite with Music” joint initiative planned by Seiji Ozawa / SKO with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). With the raging novel coronavirus that has spread around the world, and the chaos, suffering, and sadness from the war in Europe, this initiative was launched to deliver a message to the world that as we face this difficult era, now is not the time for division; now is the time to help and cooperate with each other as fellow citizens of Earth.

“Language, borders, culture, age, and gender are irrelevant in sensing that music is beautiful and joyous.” This is the belief of Seiji Ozawa, who has been active for over 50 years internationally on the front lines in cities such as Tokyo, Matsumoto, Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Milan, London, Toronto, Chicago, Boston, and New York.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) also transcends countries and ethnicities, aiming to pursue and integrate cutting-edge scientific technologies for the advancement of humankind. There are no national borders in outer space. JAXA continues to take on life-risking challenges while coordinating with astronauts from different countries.

This year, JAXA marks its 30th anniversary since Mamori Mohri became the first Japanese astronaut to go on a space mission. The Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival, which is the home of the Saito Kinen Orchestra, also marks its 30th anniversary this year. In this special year, 87-year-old Seiji Ozawa performed music with the SKO, which could be referred to as his musical family that has a strong, pure connection in the deepest way to him, and this reached astronaut Koichi Wakata at ISS to resonate in outer space. Music transcends all barriers—gender, age, ethnicity, and borders—to connect the hearts of people, and provides us with a moment to remember that we are fellow residents who live on the same planet.

The live-recorded footage of this concert will be streamed simultaneously worldwide from 12 noon December 1 (JST) on the Seiji Ozawa official YouTube channel. We invite everyone to join us in experiencing this special time of being connected to space.

One Earth Mission – Unite with Music
Seiji Ozawa / SKO x JAXA Joint Initiative

See official website for more about One Earth Mission – Unite with Music

Stream Start: December 1 (Thursday), 12 noon (JST)
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Attention for Hokuto Bunka Hall access

Due to limited number of parking spaces, it is anticipated that the Hokuto Bunka Hall parking will be very busy on 26th of November for the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival 30th Anniversary Special Concert.

We highly recommend you to consider using public transportation. Please also be noted that there are paid parking available near the venue when the venue parking becomes full. We are looking forward to seeing you for the special concert, please plan your trip ahead.

Hokuto Bunka Hall Access

Rehearsals have started for the OMF 30th Anniversary Special Concerts!!

Rehearsals have started for the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival 30th Anniversary Special Concerts on 25th and 26th of November in Matsumoto and Nagano!

It has been 12 years since the “Special Winter Concert” in 2002 for the Saito Kinen Orchestra to perform in Matsumoto except for the summer festival. The crisp autumn air of Matsumoto city welcomed SKO and every SKO member expressed the joy of reuniting.

The SKO will perform under the baton of Andris Nelsons for the first time. Maestro Nelsons is the Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and needless to mention, BSO holds a very important place in the Director Seiji Ozawa’s heart. Dressed in the OMF shirt, Mo. Nelsons carefully rehearsed Mahler’s last symphony No.9. The Kissei Bunka hall was filled with intricate and emotional melodies.

The concerts are just few days away!! On the day tickets will be available both on the 25h and 26th of November, don’t miss out the great performances!


OMF 30th Anniversary Special Concerts Tickets for the Day Information

OMF 30th Anniversary Special Concerts Tickets for the day information.

OMF 30th Anniversary Special Concerts Nov. 25 (fri) Matsumoto Peformance

Venue: Kissei Bunka Hall
Tickets for the Day Sales Start: 17:30
Ticket Price: S 22,000 yen / A 18,000 yen(All seats reserved)

Door Open: 18:30
Start: 19:00

OMF 30th Anniversary Special Concerts Nov. 26 (Sat) Nagano Peformance

Venue: Hokuto Bunka Hall
Tickets for the Day Sales Start: 13:30
Ticket Price: S 22,000 yen / A 18,000 yen(All seats reserved)

Door Open: 14:30
Start: 15:00

Announcement of Saito Kinen Orchestra Member Change

Yasushi Katsumata, who was scheduled to perform in the 30th Anniversary Special Concerts (November 25 and 26) will not be able to participate. Principal Horn of the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra Mayumi Anzuchi will appear in his place. We appreciate your understanding.

* There is no refund of tickets for this orchestra member change.

2022 Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival ended with great success! See you between Aug 20th and Sep 6th in 2023OMF! 

The Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival celebrated its 30th anniversary since its foundation in 1992. The festival ended on September 9th (Friday) with the "Concert for Children" at the Hokuto Bunka Hall. The total number of visitors for 6 programs and 9 paid performances was about 10,300. It was a wonderful 28 days celebrating the Festival with an audience for the first time in three years.

Director Seiji Ozawa visited the Saito Kinen Orchestra concert and the Opera rehearsals. Seiji also enjoyed the performance, the city of Matsumoto, and to be re-united with the Saito Kinen Orchestra members.

We are grateful for Maestro Charles Dutoit and Maestra Nodoka Okisawa who created amazing music with the Saito Kinen Orchesta, which the Director calls “Family", musicians from all over the world who played in the chamber music performances, everyone who participated in the many open events, volunteer staff who supported the festival behind the scenes, sponsor companies/related parties who cooperated with the festival, and last but not least, all the audience. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

In the midst of the pandemic, the SKO members and the festival staff once again realized how special it is to get together and play music together.

The Festival continues beyond the summer this year. In November, Andris Nelsons & the Saito Kinen Orchestra will play Mahler: Symphony No. 9 as a special event for OMF's 30th Anniversary in Nagano City and Matsumoto City. We look forward to seeing you in Nagano Prefecture this fall.

The 2023 Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival will be held from Sunday, Aug. 20th – Sep. 6th. Festival details will be announced in the fall. Start planning your visit!

"Concert for Children" Energetic Start!

The "Concert for Children" had its first performance today, inviting 6th grade elementary school students from Nagano Prefecture! Since the first year of the Festival in 1992, Director Seiji Ozawa has been passionate about his educational program. This year approximately 7,500 students from 145 schools will enjoy the performance.

The Seiji Ozawa Academy Orchestra has been through intensive rehearsals with the members of the Saito Kinen Orchestra. Young musicians were selected through auditions and will perform 6 concerts under the baton of Kensho Watanabe.

The first performance started at 11:00am today. When the powerful performance of Beethoven Symphony No.5 finished, the young audience gave a big round of applause, and we were convinced that the energy and passion of the Academy Orchestra was conveyed to the students. “It means a lot to the 6th grade students to feel the energy and passion of the young orchestra. The performance was very lively and strong," said one of the Saito Kinen Orchestra members who has been tutoring the Academy Orchestra.

The performances continue tomorrow and on the 9th. The young orchestra will give it their all!


Saito Kinen Orchestra Brass Ensemble in Kioi Hall Encore

Thank you for coming to 2022 Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival Special Program Saito Kinen Orchestra Brass Ensemble at Kioi Hall in Tokyo.

Encore were:

Alan Menken(arr. Kaoru Wada / Satoshi Takeshima): A Whole New World from “Aladdin"
Osamu Takahashi: OMF 30th Anniversary Fanfare
Josef Zawinul(arr.Osamu Takahashi / Satoshi Takeshima): Birdland