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.
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

12 Nov 2013

Concert in Seoul.

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Andreas Blau, principal flute.
Helena Madoka Berg and Raimar Orlovsky, 2nd violin.
Andreas Blau, principal flute, Albrecht Mayer, principal oboe, Kyeong Ham, orchestra academy, Andreas Wittmann, oboe, Dominik Wollenweber, cor anglais.
Sophie Dartigalongue, contrabassoon, Hyun Sung Yang, orchestra academy, Markus Weidmann, bassoon.
Amihai Grosz, 1st principal viola, Neithard Resa, viola.
Rüdiger Liebermann, 1st violin.
Daniel Stabrawa, 1st concertmaster, Rüdiger Liebermann, 1st violin.

12 Nov 2013

Rehearsal in Seoul.

Probe in Seoul.

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Sir Simon Rattle, artistic director of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Olaf Maninger, principal cello, media chairman and managing director Berlin Phil Media.
Daishin Kashimoto, 1st concertmaster.
Olaf Maninger, Daishin Kashimoto, Sir Simon Rattle, General Manager Martin Hoffmann.

12 Nov 2013

Press conference, Seoul.

Pressekonferenz, Seoul.

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Stefan Schweigert.

12 Nov 2013

Seoul and the Han River.

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Matthew Hunter, viola.

12 Nov 2013

Practice, practice, practice.

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The view from our hotel.
Korean orchestra academist Hyun Sung Jang (bassoon) and his family kindly invited the bassoon section to dinner.
Wonderful food.
Korean academist Kyong Ham (oboe) and his families: his parents and his Philharmonic Family (aka the oboe section).

12 Nov 2013

First impressions from Seoul.

Photos: Markus Weidmann

Skat, from left to right: Ulrich Wolff, double bass, Krzysztof Polonek, first violin, Janusz Widzyk, double bass.
Part of our Lufthansa Crew, they are great!
Purser Peter Jacobus
Tour
(Photo: photographer Monika Rittershaus looking for motives. )

12 Nov 2013

Our journey to Seoul.

Photos: Markus Weidmann

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Luke Turrell (orchestra academy) with Mor Biron.
Alexander Bader, clarinet.
Mor Biron, bassoon.

11 Nov 2013

Journey to Seoul - or: different ways of coping with a wait.

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11 Nov 2013

Second concert in Taipei.

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Máté Szücs and Amihai Grosz, 1st principal viola.
Esko Laine, principal bass.
Luiz Felipe Coelho, 1st violin; Younkon Kwak, substitute.
Alessandro Cappone, 1st violin.
Walter Seyfarth, clarinet.
Christoph von der Nahmer, 2nd violin.

11 Nov 2013

More rehearsal pictures from Taipei.

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Interview with Stanley Dodds, 2nd violin and Media Chairman.
Christoph Hartmann, oboe.
Simon Roturier, 2nd violin.
Andreas Buschatz, concertmaster.
Krzysztof Polonek, 1st violin.
Sarah Willis, horn.
Christian Stadelmann, leader of the 2nd violins.

11 Nov 2013

Backstage in Taipei.

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Gabor Tarkövi and Albrecht Mayer
Sarah Willis and Klaus Wallendorf

10 Nov 2013

Our last night in Taipei. We cannot wait to come back.

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10 Nov 2013

Yesterday’s reception: a second perspective.

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Publikumsempfang aus Sicht eines Musikers. Markus Weidmann, üblicherweise am Fagott, ist diesmal hinter der Kamera.

10 Nov 2013

We had the opportunity to meet a part of our audience at yesterday’s reception - a true pleasure! Markus Weidmann, bassoon, captures the moment.

Sir Simon Rattle
Albrecht Mayer
Andreas Ottensamer

09 Nov 2013

Friends in Taiwan.

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Sir Simon Rattle

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Daishin Kashimoto rehearses Prokofiev's 1st Violin Concerto
Dominik Wollenweber, cor anglais
Andreas Buschatz, concertmaster; Stanley Dodds, 2nd violin and Media Chairman
Knut Weber, cello
Daishin Kashimoto

09 Nov 2013

Students were invited to visit today’s rehearsal - everyone had a wonderful time!

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First concert and live transmission in Taipei.Erstes Konzert und Live-Übertragung in Taipeh.
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orchids and butterflies - symbols for affluence and happiness.

09 Nov 2013

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Rehearsals in the National Concert Hall in Taipei.Proben in der National Concert Hall in Taipeh.
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Peter Riegelbauer, member of the Orchestra Board, makes an announcement.
Sir Simon Rattle and Christian Stadelmann, leader of the 2nd violins.
Aleksandar Ivić, 1st violin.
Cornelia Gartemann and Christoph von der Nahmer, both 2nd violin.
Marie-Pierre Langlamet, harp.
Thomas Timm, leader of the 2nd violins, and Christophe Horak, principal 2nd violin.
Sarah Willis, horn, with Robert Buchwald, production team.
Dorian Xhoxhi and Maja Avramović, 1st violin.
percussion and brass.

09 Nov 2013

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09 Nov 2013

The Digital Concert Hall Experience Room in Taipei - Sir Simon Rattle, Olaf Maninger and Robert Zimmermann enjoy a presentation.

Der Digital Concert Hall Experience Room in Taipeh - Sir Simon Rattle, Olaf Maninger und Robert Zimmermann geniessen eine Präsentation.

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Dominik Wollenweber, Stefan Schweigert
Jelka Weber
Jelka Weber
Madeleine Carruzzo

08 Nov 2013

Leisure at Taipeis’s famous night market. Also highly recommended: a foot massage!

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08 Nov 2013

Stunning architecture: Taipei Confucius Temple and Taipei Baoan Temple.

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08 Nov 2013

Here in Asia we are surrounded by colleagues. Besides Andris Nelsons and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra we will meet in Tokyo the Vienna Philharmonic with Christian Thielemann and the Concertgebouw Orchestra with Mariss Jansons.

Hier in Asien stoßen wir überall auf Kollegen. Neben Andris Nelsons und dem City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra treffen wir in Tokio die Wiener Philharmoniker mit Christian Thielemann und das Concertgebouw-Orchester mit Mariss Jansons.

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Violinist Rainer Mehne

08 Nov 2013

Today we went to the Taipei 101, the second tallest building in the world. Compared to this panorama Berlin appears pretty small. The big ball keeps the building stable in windy conditions – very calming!

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07 Nov 2013

Photos: A visit to the Mengjia Longshan Temple with clarinetist Manfred Preis, violinist Holm Birkholz and his wife. Among the many interesting motifs is our photographer.

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07 Nov 2013

Our chairman Ulrich Knörzer spoke perfect Mandarin at our first press conference in Asia (we are told).

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07 Nov 2013

In Taipei, we discover interesting dishes. Does anyone have an idea what is on the first picture?

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07 Nov 2013

Impressive advertising in Taipei: The countdown is on a main thoroughfare and measures the time until our first concert.

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Bassoonist Daniele Damiano

07 Nov 2013

Not far from our hotel in Taipei, we encounter a very different world.

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06 Nov 2013

A warm welcome! Our first audience in Taipei consists mainly of microphones and cameras.

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06 Nov 2013

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05 Nov 2013

Applause after our first tour concert in Frankfurt with Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony and Boulez’ Notations.

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Amihai Grosz
Gunars Upatnieks

05 Nov 2013

Our great football team shows its skills in Frankfurt. The match against the team of the opera ends 3:1. Our scorers were clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer and - twice - percussionist Simon Rössler.

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Naoko Shimizu
Andreas Buschatz, Alessandro Cappone
Zoltán Almási
Jelka Weber
Martin von der Nahmer, Mor Biron
Walter Küssner

05 Nov 2013

Warm up: Behind the scenes before the first concert in Frankfurt.Warm up: Hinter den Kulissen vorm ersten Konzert in Frankfurt.

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Olaf Maninger, Ludwig Quandt
Rainer Seegers, Raphael Haeger, Jan Schlichte

05 Nov 2013

We are back on tour! Before heading to Asia, we made a guests appearance at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt. The programme included Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony and Boulez’ Notations (which obviously require some amazing instruments). Here are the first impressions from the rehearsals.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus