Asian tour with Sir Simon Rattle to Taiwan, South Korea and Japan

After a concert in Frankfurt in November 2013, the Berliner Philharmoniker set off on a tour to Asia. The programme included symphonies by Schumann and Bruckner, and concertmaster Daishin Kashimoto dazzled as the soloist in Sergei Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto.
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22 Nov 2013

We’ve arrived back home. The wonderful crew of our jumbo jet even crafted a farewell message when we landed in Berlin.…

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22 Nov 2013

Sayonara! On the return flight there’s a charming tradition which is a must: the final pillow fight.

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22 Nov 2013

Pulling a double shift: at the last concert in Kawasaki, our concertmaster Daishin Kashimoto plays Prokofiev’s First…

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22 Nov 2013

Photos: the orchestra’s musicians investigate the newest photo technology together with our photographer.

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22 Nov 2013

A highlight as the grand finale: we are playing the last concert of our Asia tour in Kawasaki in the Muza Kawasaki…

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22 Nov 2013

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21 Nov 2013

A penguin at our rehearsal! And a wild boar! On closer inspection, we discover that it is the violist Martin Stegner and…

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21 Nov 2013

Close to the audience: Cor anglais player Dominik Wollenweber and clarinetist Manfred Preis give a guest performance in…

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21 Nov 2013

We were particularly pleased to see this VIP visitor: Our old friend Seiji Ozawa listens backstage to our performance of…

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20 Nov 2013

Impressions of our second concert in Tokyo with Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony – and proper after-show sushi.

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20 Nov 2013

A kind of farewell tour: For our principal flautist Andreas Blau, this is the last big trip with the Berliner…

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20 Nov 2013

A great honour: The Japanese imperial couple in the audience at our first concert in Tokyo. Soloist Daishin Kashimoto…

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19 Nov 2013

An obvious thought: If you play a wind instrument you are also ideally suited for running. Hornist Georg Schreckenberger…

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19 Nov 2013

A fast reacting concertmaster: In the rehearsals for Prokofiev’s 1st Violin Concerto in Suntory Hall, the orchestra…

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19 Nov 2013

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18 Nov 2013

The Philharmonia Quartett plays in Sendai where the aftermath of the 2011  earthquake and tsunami can still be seen. The…

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18 Nov 2013

Weekend expedition: Simon Rattle spends his Sunday evening with the orchestra of the Waseda University which has…

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18 Nov 2013

Our first concert at the Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Kobe with Bruckner’s 7th Symphony and Boulez’ Notations. The…

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Sir Simon Rattle, Ludwig Quandt

18 Nov 2013

That’s what we call a sheet of music: the score for Pierre Boulez’ Notations. Impressions from the rehearsals in Kobe.

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18 Nov 2013

Music can bloom in the smallest of spaces: violinists and cellists rehearse in a hotel in Osaka for a chamber concert.

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17 Nov 2013

First impressions, Kobe.

Photos: Markus Weidmann

Monika Rittershaus, photographer.

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17 Nov 2013

Christmas preparations in Osaka - the gingerbread reminds us of home.

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Stefan Schweigert - applaus after Le Sacre du printemps.

17 Nov 2013

More impressions from Osaka.

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17 Nov 2013

Osaka Festival Hall offers lots and lots of space.

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16 Nov 2013

Concert in Osaka.

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Martin Stegner, viola.

16 Nov 2013

Backstage in Osaka.

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16 Nov 2013

Rehearsal in Osaka.

Probe in Osaka.

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Klaus Wallendorf, horn.

16 Nov 2013

Practice, practice, practice.

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16 Nov 2013

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15 Nov 2013

Concert in Nagoya.

Konzert in Nagoya.

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15 Nov 2013

Inspired by Manga: impressions from our rehearsal.

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15 Nov 2013

Lines - or: an ode to structure (which makes travelling a whole lot easier).

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14 Nov 2013

Nagoya.

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14 Nov 2013

Janne Saksala, 1st principal bass and photographer.

Janne Saksala, 1. Solo-Bassist und Photograph.

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Wieland Welzel and Rainer Seegers, timpani.

14 Nov 2013

Arrival in Nagoya.

Ankunft in Nagoya.

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Klaus Wallendorf and Stefan de Leval Jezierski, horn.

14 Nov 2013

First Class, Business Class and Economy Class just don’t compare. 

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14 Nov 2013

Mesmerising - our flight from Seoul to Nagoya.

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Ignacy Miecznikowski, viola, Gertraud Frank, orchestra academy, Alexander Bader, clarinet, Walter Seyfarth, clarinet.

13 Nov 2013

Some final pictures from Seoul: backstage, in rehearsal and in concert. We can’t wait to come back. 

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13 Nov 2013

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with…

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13 Nov 2013

Trip to the Changdeokgung Palace, UNESCO World Heritage.

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