The Yomiuri ShimbunThe Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra will be joined by illustrious soloists in the new season.
The diverse lineup, ranging from superior technicians to virtuosos with strong characters, will surely add to the excitement for the audience.
The most prominent name among the artists is violinist Gidon Kremer, who will perform with the YNSO in September.
Kremer, who has not often performed with major Japanese orchestras of late, said he was looking forward to the occasion. In a Popular Series concert, he will play Philip Glass’ Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra.
“This is the most accomplished among the works by Philip Glass, whom I admire,” Kremer said in praise of the work.
In a performance for the Subscription Concert series, he will play Weinberg’s Violin Concerto.
“It is one of the finest works among the violin concertos from Russia. It’s a very emotional work,” he said.
April will see Yulianna Avdeeva, the winner of the International Chopin Piano Competition in 2010, playing Grieg’s Piano Concerto. She will perform the concerto’s poetic melodies employing elegant phrasing.
In July, Nelson Freire will play Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with panache, while in September, the up-and-coming Daniil Trifonov will play Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2. It is an excellent work for the young pianist, who is famed for his technical wizardry.
Virtuoso violinist Isabelle Faust, known for her distinctly expressive performances, will demonstrate her sheer musicality in Brahms’ Violin Concerto in January 2018.
Nikolai Lugansky will show off his brilliance in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in February. The audience will appreciate not only his virtuosity, but also the lyricism of his piano playing.
The March 2018 concert with Renaud Capucon, who always gives inspired performances, will be a rare opportunity to listen to Busoni’s Violin Concerto.
Another rarity is the Japanese premiere of British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Concerto for Drum Set & Orchestra “Erskine” in December. As the soloist, drummer Peter Erskine, for whom the concerto was composed, will show a fantastic display of his drumming techniques.
In January, clarinetist Joerg Widmann will be the soloist for the Japanese premiere of his composition, Clarinet Concerto “Echo-Fragmente,” to be conducted by Sylvain Cambreling. It is an interesting work in which the orchestra is divided into two groups on the left and right and the clarinetist in the middle, with both groups using different tunings.
Japanese instrumentalists to perform with the YNSO in the new season include cellist Dai Miyata, whose mastery will shine in Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in June.
Talented young violinist Fumiaki Miura will be the soloist for Waxman’s “Carmen Fantasie” in January. Miura will take on the challenge of the technically demanding work with a high level of intensity.Speech