Seiji Ozawa & Mutsuo Kanzawa,
SAITO KINEN FESTIVAL MATSUMOTO
Monday, August 04, 2014, 12:30 - 14:00
The renowned Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto is getting a new name that will be announced to the world during this professional luncheon at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan by festival Artistic Director Seiji Ozawa and festival committee Executive Director Mutsuo Kanzawa.
The festival traces its roots to 1984 when Ozawa and other Japanese classical musicians formed the Saito Kinen Orchestra to give performances marking the 10th anniversary of the death of Hideo Saito, their teacher and mentor and a co-founder of the Toho Gakuen School of Music.
After the orchestra gained critical acclaim on tours of Europe and North America, the Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto was formed in 1992 to give the group a permanent base. The festival is held each year in August and September in the Japan Alps, near Matsumoto, featuring performances of classical orchestral works and opera. The 23rd festival will be held this year but under a new name that our two speakers will reveal at this press conference. Kanzawa will explain the reasons for the name change, while Ozawa will describe his vision for the future of the festival and its orchestra.
Seiji Ozawa, one of the world's leading conductors, is best known for his 29 year tenure as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra during which he established it as one of the world's premier orchestras. He has also been music director of the Vienna State Opera. One of his abiding passions has been educating young musicians and creating opportunities for them to perform. For his services to classical music and education, Ozawa has received numerous awards around the world, including the Japanese Order of Culture.Mutsuo Kanzawa is Chairman and CEO of Kissei Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., which is based in Matsumoto.
This will be a rare opportunity to hear Maestro Ozawa discuss the future of one of Japan's most important cultural events.