2011 Asian Tour

In November 2011, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle set off on their grand tour of of Asia, stopping off in South Korea, China and Japan. In addition to the Ninth Symphonies by Bruckner and Mahler, the programme also included Toshio Hosokawa’s Horn Concerto with the Philharmonikerʼs principal horn player Stefan Dohr.
Epilogue 2: Janne Saksala’s view on Asia

05 Dec 2011

Epilogue 2: Janne Saksala’s view on Asia

Amihai Grosz
Klaus Wallendorf
Marie-Pierre Langlamet
Andrej Zust

05 Dec 2011

Epilogue 1: Janne Saksala’s view on his colleagues in Asia. Janne is solo double bass player.

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

25 Nov 2011

Good bye Tokyo! Arigato gozaimasu, we look forward to coming back soon to our second home country.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

Toshio Hosokawa and Stefan Dohr
Daishin Kashimoto and Sir Simon
Robert Zimmermann and Olaf Maninger

25 Nov 2011

Happy men!

Toshio Hosokawa and Stefan Dohr after the performance of Mr. Hosokawa’s Horn concerto in Tokyo.

Daishin Kashimoto and Sir Simon after the Bruckner performance.

Robert Zimmermann and Olaf Maninger, the directors of BerlinPhilMedia, shopping in Ginza.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

Visit at UNICEF Japan Headquarter
After the open rehearsal backstage
Daishin Kashimoto presents the books

25 Nov 2011

At the second concert day in Tokyo some musicians had the chance to visit UNICEF Headquarter Japan. They got insight in the big variety of working fields for UNICEF in Japan. Some children from the affected area were invited to the open rehearsal in the afternoon and met afterwards with musicians backstage. The musicians had some philharmonic souvenirs for them. At the beginning of the concert, concertmaster Daishin Kashimoto handed solidarity books from German children on to the Japanese children.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

23 Nov 2011

Tokyo impressions

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

23 Nov 2011

Tuba player Alexander von Puttkamer prefers to only watch the acutely poisonous globefish…

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

First concert in Tokyo
Sir Simon and Daishin Kashimoto
Ludwig Quandt and Daishin Kashimoto

23 Nov 2011

The first concert in Tokyo was a big success. Afterwards, concertmaster Daishin Kashimoto and solo cellist Ludwig Quandt signed for the Japanese fans.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

22 Nov 2011

Our cases stay according to their status in Tokyo… at least until they are allowed to enter Suntory Hall. A big Thank you to our second home in Japan, the Okura Hotel!

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

22 Nov 2011

Horror and joy are sometimes very close. The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet had the chance to play for 600 children from the tsunami affected area in Sendai, thanks to UNICEF. An experience we will never forget.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

22 Nov 2011

Sir Simon heavily engaged on the flight to Tokyo… First he served as a note stand for Zdzislaw Polonek’s Birthday serenade, then he took part in the traditional pillow fight after the arrival in the “kid’s compartment” in the very back of eco class.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

20 Nov 2011

A viola serenade for today’s birthday “boy” Zdzislaw Polonek. On the flight from Taipei to Tokyo his viola section colleagues gratulated him on reaching the big 65!

video credit: Mate Szuecs

20 Nov 2011

Thanks to our reader Juliane Schicker, we finally have it all in English:

 

The poet speaks

 

This time in prose. Klaus Wallendorf, our philharmonic house poet, has some thoughts about the tour:

 

Dear Blog. I have to apologize for joining the discussion so late, but because Christiane, my wife, is not with me on this trip, I practically did not experience anything.

 

In every city, my favorite hiking track goes from the night stand to the bathroom sink, then over to the dressing rooms—also passing the self-catering stand—desk, walk-in closet, that’s it.

In Peking, Huang invited me to eat Szechuan with him, and he told me that Martin Walser goes to Coburg occasionally.

 

For a short time, I was in the gardens of the Forbidden City and wanted to take pictures of spittoons, but there were almost none left. In 1980, the city was full of them. They vanished with the bikes.

 

I took care of remaining correspondences when I was in Shanghai. Uncle Jochen in Gersbach has been waiting for my answer since last summer; it’s about Elfriede Schnock’s 80th birthday. But that actually doesn’t belong here.

 

In Seoul, I had a beautiful room with park view. But I only left it twice to walk by the Hunang River that was framed on both sides with trees made from speakers—they certainly grew out of post war times. But at least you are never really alone with them.

 

 

 

In Tei P, I wanted to go to the zoo. But I didn’t find the train station immediately. The bus No. 611 was too crowded for me, so that’s why I decided to rather go to an exhibition of Buddhist relics, where I also donated 100 currency units for the improvement of my karma. But so far, I haven’t noticed anything. How can you actually tell how your karma is developing? That would be a neat topic for a horn evening.

There is not much to be said about the concerts, either. We come on stage, the people applaud, we play, the people applaud, we leave the stage.

 

During the horn concert in Hosokawa, where I will play an echo-like distant horn in the middle of the audience, I will come very close to the people—“a bath in the crowd,” so to say. But of course, understanding each other suffers from the language barrier that can hardly be overcome with our own means, here in the Far East.

 

During the Bruckner Symphony, I recently already breathe two measures before the letter G, but that’s actually more for insiders anyways.

 

In Tokyo, I am looking forward to the stationary store Itoya, where you can buy the most durable paper-clips and incredibly beautiful cat-calendars. I also need new pens, and im sure, there will be great arts and crafts things for Jacob. Early stages of Ikebana made from crepe paper for example—one of the few words with three P in German. Oh well, then my meal with Miyashitas and Taguchis, a song evening at Oji Hall—this time, Kuniko will be singing “You are Orplid, my country,” and that will already be it. Bye, see you next time.

 

P.S.: Lufthansa’s flight was really great again.

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

19 Nov 2011

No boyband - it’s the Berlin Philharmonic!

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

19 Nov 2011

Taipei arena, 10.000 people celebrating the orchestra after the concert. We cannot put this into words!

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

19 Nov 2011

Photos from the Taipei arena, where 10.000 people watched the concert.

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

19 Nov 2011

The first concert in Taipei was broadcasted live at the DCH and to four venues all over Taiwan. Alltogether 40.000 people had the chance to watch our orchestra live in the National Concert Hall or on big screens (16x9 metres).

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

Backstage at the last concert in Seoul. From left to right: solo oboe Jonathan Kelly (iwazaru), French horn Fergus McWilliam (kikazaru) and timpanist Rainer Seegers (mizaru)

18 Nov 2011

Backstage at the last concert in Seoul. From left to right: solo oboe Jonathan Kelly (iwazaru), French horn Fergus McWilliam (kikazaru) and timpanist Rainer Seegers (mizaru)

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

18 Nov 2011

Same procedure in Taipei: press conference directly after arrival with over 100 journalists!

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An impression from the night market in Taipei, taken by our tuba player Alexander von Puttkamer.

18 Nov 2011

An impression from the night market in Taipei, taken by our tuba player Alexander von Puttkamer.

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

18 Nov 2011

Impressions from the outreach concert with Amadeus Heutling/violin, Matthew Hunter/viola and Nikolaus Römisch/cello at the German School in Seoul.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

17 Nov 2011

A great concert in Seoul is already history. What a venue and what an audience! We are looking forward to the next time!

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

17 Nov 2011

The patrons of the Berliner Philharmoniker are having a ball with Solo French horn and Orchestra board member Stefan Dohr at a Sightseeing Tour in Seoul.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Stefan Dohr)

16 Nov 2011

A photo of the photographer in Seoul

Photos: Stefan Dohr

(Photo: Mor Biron)

16 Nov 2011

In front of Shanghai’s skyscrapers: Stefan Schweigert/solo bassoon; Christoph Hartmann/oboe; Jiping Tan/Instrument maker; Dominik Wollenweber/English horn (f.l.t.r.)

Photos: Mor Biron

Shanghai, room with a view...
Shanghai
Shanghai

16 Nov 2011

 

More photos by Mor Biron.

 

 

 

Beijing
Beijing
Stefan Schweigert + Dominik Wollenweber

16 Nov 2011

Photos: Mor Biron

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

16 Nov 2011

Sydney Symphony with their temporary concertmaster Daniel Dodds (on the photo right with his brother Stanley Dodds). Meetinpoint baggage claim….

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus/Sydney last year)

16 Nov 2011

Someone is missing… Christoph Streuli (2. violin) unfortunately had a taxi accident two days ago and got back to Berlin for further treatment of his broken arm. Dear Christoph, our thoughts are with you and we cross 252 fingers for you!

Photos: Monika Rittershaus/Sydney last year

Wolfgang Talirz/Viola
Philipp Bohnen/Violine

15 Nov 2011

The Birthday"kids" of the last two days: Wolfgang Talirz (yesterday) and Philipp Bohnen (today).

Happy Birthday!

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

15 Nov 2011

Donagh Collins from our agency Askonas Holt alsways on duty, even during the traditional pillow fight after landing in Seoul. Thanks for your great work, Donagh!

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

15 Nov 2011

 

General Manager Martin Hoffmann and Orchestra board member Andreas Wittmann at the press conference in Shanghai

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

 

 

(Photo: Veronika Dohr)

15 Nov 2011

Photos: Veronika Dohr

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

15 Nov 2011

Contra bassoonist Marion Reinhard is signing programm books after the concert in Shanghai.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

Andreas Ottensamer und Manfred Preis
Peter Brem

15 Nov 2011

Some impressions from backstage in Beijing. Everybody has his own way of preparing for a concert…

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

14 Nov 2011

A popular German children’s tune.

A warm thank you to our Chinese translators Stefan and Johann and the great Stage Hands in China!

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Stefan Dohr)

14 Nov 2011

Photos: We’ve managed to find one new French horn! Andrej Zust posing in front of the entrance to the Forbidden City. Now we only need a new solo French horn to make the photographer’s life a bit easier…

Photos: Stefan Dohr

(Photo: Markus Weidmann)
(Photo: Markus Weidmann)
(Photo: Markus Weidmann)
(Photo: Markus Weidmann)

13 Nov 2011

Some impressions from Beijing taken by our bassoon player Markus Weidmann (on the first picture in front of the entrance to the Forbidden City left besides his bassoon colleague Mor Biron)

Photos: Markus Weidmann

(Photo: Markus Weidmann)

13 Nov 2011

Rainer Sonne/1. violin; Sir Simon Rattle; Micha Afkham/viola (from left to right).

Photos: Markus Weidmann

(Photo: Photo Monika Rittershaus)

13 Nov 2011

Solo clarinet Andreas Ottensamer and Solo Viola Amihai Grosz (right) haven’t found the door of the restaurant in Shanghai so far…

Photos: Monika Rittershaus