Seiji Ozawa Music Academy has now marked over 20 years since commencing with Le Nozze di Figaro in 2000. With the desire to perform live music with colleagues in some way despite this COVID-19 pandemic, we decided to convene the Music Academy Orchestra in a special formation. In addition to the usual young musicians and coaches from the Saito Kinen Orchestra, Academy alumni will return to join us for what will also be a retrospect of the Academy’s history. With our history of 20 years, an increasing number of alumni are flourishing as soloists and professional orchestra members, so I greatly look forward to this.
I have asked Diego Matheuz to conduct this performance. I first worked with him in Matsumoto at the recommendation of my dear friend Claudio Abbado, and have since invited him to conduct the Saito Kinen Orchestra numerous times. I anticipate that he will be a good fit with both Music Academy coaches and young musicians. With gratitude for the past 20 years and aspirations for the future, it is my hope that we can all experience wonderful music together.

Seiji Ozawa, Director and Artistic Director of Seiji Ozawa Music Academy

For me is always a joy and a privilege to be invited by Maestro Ozawa to work with his orchestras, and in this opportunity to work with the students of the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy brings me a lot of memories from when I was a student in Venezuela. I believe that having the opportunity to work with young musicians is a very important and essential part of a conductor’s life because you can always learn from them and they are the future of music.

Diego Matheuz, Conductor


Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Special Concert 2021

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  • [Date/Place]
    March 23, 2021 (Tue) 19:00
    Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

    Richard Strauss: Serenade in E-flat major, op. 7
    Tchaikovsky: Serenade in C major, op. 48
    Beethoven: “Egmont” Overture, op. 84
    Beethoven: Symphony No.1 in C major, op. 21

    Artistic Director: Seiji Ozawa
    Conductor: Diego Matheuz
    Orchestra: Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra

    Presented by:
    Seiji Ozawa Music Academy / VEROZA Japan


    • photo: Seiji Ozawa
      Artistic Director
      Seiji Ozawa
    • photo: Diego Matheuz
      Diego Matheuz
  • Orchestra Members

    《Choosen Students》
    Violin: Akari Iwasaki, Rion Udo, Sayaka Ogura, Chisato Kajihara, Nanami Shiokai, Tsukasa Tamai, Tei Tsukamoto
    Viola: Momoka Okada, RachelYui Mikuni
    Cello: Seohyen Kim, Mahiro Kurokawa
    Contrabass: Natsu Asami, Tomoya Takamoto
    Flute: Akiho Hata, Ayane Miyakawa
    Oboe: Tomoko Uehara, Akari Shimoyama
    Clarinet: Chiemi Se, Junnosuke Nomoto
    Bassoon: Tsohiki Shiotsuka, Yuhei Hashimoto
    HOrn: Shiori Kawasaki, Atsuya Senda, Keimu Miyazaki Trumpet: Kevin Simmons, Nanoko Tamai

    Violin: Yasushi Toyoshima
    Viola: Yoshiko Kawamoto
    Cello: Sadao Harada
    Contrabass: Hiroshi Ikematsu
    Oboe: Fumiaki Miyamoto
    Clarinet: Masaharu Yamamoto
    Bassoon: Masaru Yoshida
    Horn: Masayuki Naoi
    Trumpet: Osamu Takahashi
    Timpani: Satoshi Takeshima

    Violin: Kyoko Une, Rintaro Omiya, Yuki Naoi, Ryo Mikami, Masanobu Yoda, Yuzuki Watanabe
    Viola: Maiko Takimoto, Kyoko Moriguchi, Koichi Yokomizo
    Cello: Misaki Kurokawa, Dai Miyata
    Fluite: Yuya Kanda
    Oboe: Mieko Takasu
    Horn: Hiroshi Kogawa
    Timpani: Takeshi Kubota
    and others,
    *As of January 17, 2021


    • January 23 (Sat) 2021 TICKETS GO ON SALE
      *In accordance to Japanese Government's announcement of the state of emergency, we will cancel the pre-sales of ticket for the “Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Special Concert 2021”, initially scheduled from January 13th (wed) 2021.
      S/5,000 yen A/3,000 yen U-25/1,500 yen (tax included)
      (U-25: Only available for those 25 years and younger. ID check at the door. One ticket per person)

    • LAWSON Ticket (L Code: 39030)
      Ticket Pia (P Code: 191-656)
      Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Ticket Service
      03-5685-0650(Operator 10:00-18:00)/Window 10:00-19:00 *Close according to venue schedule)

    • 【Inquiry】
      VEROZA Japan 03-6411-5445 (Week day 10:00~18:00)

    • NOTE:

      *To prevent the spread of infection, seating will be adequately spread apart and tickets will be sold in limited quantities (all designated seating). Tickets may be added at a later date according to circumstances.
      *Seiji Ozawa is scheduled to be involved in rehearsals and coaching as artistic director.
      *Artists and programs are subject to change without prior notice. All ticket sales are final and there are no refunds or exchanges. Refunds are issued only in the case of cancellation or postponement of the performances. Please carefully review these conditions before purchasing your tickets.