Beethoven’s symphonies in Taiwan and Japan

The Taiwanese and Japanese classical music fans also enjoyed the Beethoven symphonies previously performed in Berlin, Paris and New York by the Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle. The concerts in Taipei and Tokyo were rapturously received.
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17 May 2016

Good bye Suntory Hall! We will be back! It was a huge pleasure, as always.

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Orchestra board member Ulrich Knörzer and Sir Simon Rattle
Our great German-Japanese translator Kazuko Kusahara and solo flute Emmanuel Pahud
Last signing session: Daishin Kashimoto and Emmanuel Pahud

17 May 2016

After the concert

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17 May 2016

Backstage after the concert: Sir Simon and our most devoted fan Shiseo Sumiyoshi, who has been at all our Tokyo concerts since 1957!

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Stanislaw Pajak, Janusz Widzyk, Martin Heinze double bass
Dorian Xhoxhi, Guillaume Jehl, Madeleine Carruzzo and Simone Bernardini leave the stage of Suntory Hall
Final applause

17 May 2016

Last concert in Tokyo, last concert of our Beethoven cycle - time to say good bye!

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16 May 2016

After the rehearsal Sir Simon and our General Manager Martin Hoffmann met with students from the Fukushima TV Junior Orchestra, who wanted to thank the Berliner Philharmoniker for their support in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake.

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Christophe Horak, leader 2nd violins
Sebastian Heesch, 1st violin

16 May 2016

Last rehearsal. It’s cozy on the stage.

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(Photo: Markus Weidmann)

16 May 2016

Sanja Festival in Asakusa

Photos: Markus Weidmann

(Photo: Markus Weidmann)

16 May 2016

Sky tree from above and beyond

Photos: Markus Weidmann

Markus Weidmann’s trip to Shibamata visiting the Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple

16 May 2016

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15 May 2016

Signing session with Sir SImon: 50 minutes for 300 CDs

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Woodwinds and timpani
Stanislaw Pajak, double bass
Simone Bernadini, 1st violin
Solo bow for solo bassoon Stefan Schweigert

15 May 2016

Applaus

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Contra bassoons Markus Weidmann and Vaclav Vonasek
Walter Seyfarth, clarinet

15 May 2016

Beethoven 4 and 7.

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Mount Hakuba
Moth trap...
..and the result
Rainer, Michael and their japanese friends Kishida and Yshizuka in Akashina

15 May 2016

On their free day our solo timpanist Rainer Seegers and stagehand Michael Frohloff made a trip to the japanese alps hunting moths.

Photos: Michael Frohloff

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus on Mori Tower and in the New York Bar of the Park Hyatt)

15 May 2016

Tokio by night

Photos: Monika Rittershaus on Mori Tower and in the New York Bar of the Park Hyatt

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15 May 2016

Signing session with solo clarinet Andreas Ottensamer and solo oboe Albrecht Mayer.

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus and Satoshi Aoyagi)
Andrej Zust, French horn
Vaclav Vonasek, bassoon and contra bassoon
Stefan Schulze, 2nd violin

15 May 2016

Beethoven 6 and 8 in attendance of the Japanese Emperor and Empress.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus and Satoshi Aoyagi

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15 May 2016

Martin Kretzer, our legendary trumpet, is on his last tour with the orchestra to Japan.

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Luis Felipe Coelho, 1st violin
Helena Madoka Berg, 1st violin
Woodwinds in good mood
Celli also

15 May 2016

Rehearsal on Friday the 13. in good mood.

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(Photo: Daniel Beták)

15 May 2016

Fuji-san

Photos: Daniel Beták

(Photo: Daniel Beták)

15 May 2016

The big Buddha Daibutsu and his guards in Kamakura

Photos: Daniel Beták

(Photo: Daniel Beták)

15 May 2016

A trip to Kamakura and Kita-Kamakura

Photos: Daniel Beták

(Photo: Daniel Beták)

15 May 2016

Tokio von oben

Tokyo from upstairs

Photos: Daniel Beták

Sir Simon thanks Egor Egorkin, piccolo flute
Wenzel Fuchs, solo clarinet
Martin Heinze, double bass
Esko Laine, solo double bass
Dorian Xhoxhi, 1st violin

13 May 2016

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Rachel Helleur, cello
1st concertmaster Daniel Stabrawa

13 May 2016

Time to enter the stage.

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Sir Simon Rattle and Seiji Ozawa
Alessandro Cappone and Peter Brem, 1st violins, with Seiji Ozawa
Solo French horn Stefan Dohr bows to our honorary member
Madeleine Carruzzo, 1st violin, and Seiji Ozawa

13 May 2016

Before Thursday’s concert our latest honorary member visited the orchestra backstage.

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

13 May 2016

Photos: Double bass player Janusz Widzyk.

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The obligatory cat
(Photo: comes from our solo bassoon Stefan Schweigert this time. He hiked in the Takaosan area and also enjoyed a great view of Mount Fuji.)

13 May 2016

The obligatory cat photo comes from our solo bassoon Stefan Schweigert this time. He hiked in the Takaosan area and also enjoyed a great view of Mount Fuji.

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Sir Simon trying to cheer up the sopranos

13 May 2016

Chorprobe für die Neunte am Sonntag mit dem New National Theatre Chorus aus Tokio.

Choir rehearsal for Beethoven 9 with the New National Theatre Chorus from Tokyo.

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13 May 2016

A visit at the fish market is obligatory.

Photos: Naoyuki Hayashi

Albrecht Mayer, solo oboe
Andreas Ottensamer, solo clarinet
Kotowa Machida and Maja Avramović, 1st violins
1st concertmaster Daishin Kashimoto and Kotowa Machida taking a refreshing sip before they start signing

13 May 2016

Happy faces after the concert and a Japanese signing session.

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Wieland Welzel, timpani
Fergus McWilliam, French Horn, Stefan Dohr, solo French horn, and Guillaume Jehl, trumpet

13 May 2016

Beethoven 1 and 3

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Solo winds: Mathieu Dufour, flute, Albrecht Mayer, oboe, and Stefan Schweigert, bassoon
Stefan de Leval Jezierski, French horn
Stephan Koncz, cello
Philipp Bohnen, 2nd violin, in the mirror

13 May 2016

Before the first concert on Wednesday.

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12 May 2016

Yanaka Teil 2

Yanaka part 2

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

12 May 2016

A walk trough Yanaka, an area of Tokyo with a lot of old buildings.

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

12 May 2016

Meeting in front of Suntory Hall Viola academist Wakana Ohno, Solo French horn Stefan Dohr and the composer Toshio Hosokawa.

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Solo flutes Emmanuel Pahud and Mathieu Dufour
Stanley Dodds, 2nd violin and Media Board, and Sir Simon
1st solo cellist Ludwig Quandt and Sir Simon
Sir Simon and Stefan Schulze, 2nd violin

12 May 2016

Probe mit Gesprächsstoff

Rehearsal with talks

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Kotowa Machida, 1st violin, Naoko Shimizu, solo viola, Daishin Kashimoto 1st concertmaster
Kotowa Machida, 1st violin
Daishin Kashimoto, 1st concertmaster
Naoko Shimizu, solo viola

12 May 2016

Japanisches Trio

Japanese Trio

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

12 May 2016

Probe in der Suntory Hall

Rehearsal at Suntory Hall

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12 May 2016

Outreach concert with the Philharmonic Wind Quintet berlin at the Kojimachi Junior High Shool in Tokyo.

Video: courtesy NHK

Tokyo impressions by Monika Rittershaus

12 May 2016