"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.