In Asia with Simon Rattle, Yuja Wang and Seong-Jin Cho

For the last time in the Rattle era, the Berliner Philharmoniker are travelling to Asia. This tour also marks the 60th anniversary of the orchestra’s first concert in Japan. The soloists include the pianists Yuja Wang and Seong-Jin Cho.

Recordings of the tour programme, which the musicians presented in advance in the Philharmonie, can be found in the Digital Concert Hall.

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

30 Nov 2017

Tuba on Tour 20

Tuba already looking ahead to 2018 shortly before leaving Tokyo

30 Nov 2017

Sir Simon looks back on the tour

30 Nov 2017

Goodbye Tokyo and thank you!

Raphael Haeger, Jan Schlichte, Peter Fleckenstein, Jens Knoop and Franz Schindlbeck

30 Nov 2017

The percussion section celebrates the end of the tour

Franz Schindlbeck and Jan Schlichte

30 Nov 2017

Second concert in Tokyo

30 Nov 2017

Outreach concert in Tokyo

Dorian Xhoxhi, Christoph von der Nahmer, Julia Gartemann, Knut Weber and Martin Menking played the Schubert String Quintet at a Junior High School in Tokyo.

Suntory Hall
Helena Madoka Berg
Marlene Ito
Naoko Shimizu
Daishin Kashimoto
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

30 Nov 2017

Second rehearsal in Tokyo

Our musicians of Japanese origin in their home country

The director of our education programm, Andrea Tober, is all hands-on
Helena Madoka Berg and Joaquin Riquelme
Part of the project was a visit at our rehearsal in Suntory Hall
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

30 Nov 2017

Education project “Petrushka” workshop in Tokyo

Together with Andrea Tober, Helena Madoka Berg and Joaquin Riquelme led a special education project workshop on “Petrushka”, supported by Deutsche Bank.

29 Nov 2017

Japanese customs with Stefan Dohr

Daishin Kashimoto
Stefan Dohr
Andreas Ottensamer and Noah Bendix-Balgley
Sir Simon signs Suntory Hall's guest book...
....and a lot of CDs for the fans in the foyer.
(Photo: Photos Monika Rittershaus)

28 Nov 2017

Autograph signing sessions

In Kawasaki and Tokyo, the audience had the chance to meet musicians and Sir Simon during autograph signing sessions. 

Sir Simon
Andreas Ottensamer
Madeleine Carruzzo

27 Nov 2017

First concert at Suntory Hall

27 Nov 2017

Meeting with the main sponsor

General manager Andrea Zietzschmann and Sir Simon met Shigenao Ishigurom, CEO of TDK, the main sponsor for our concerts in Japan.

Production manager Robert Buchwald and his deputy Daniel Bétak
Walter Seyfarth
Gabor Tarkövi

27 Nov 2017

A room with a view

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

27 Nov 2017

Tuba on Tour 19

Tuba Rush Hour

Shibuya crossing Tokyo

27 Nov 2017

Suntory Hall

The horn group for the first program (from left to right): Sarah Willis, Paolo Mendes, Fergus McWilliam and David Cooper
Christhard Gössling and Jesper Busk Sørensen
Percussion talk: Wieland Welzel and Sir Simon
The man for the good sound: Christoph Franke, sound engineer and also cutter for our blog videos.
Eva-Maria Tomasi and Bruno Delepelaire
Alexander von Puttkamer and Stephan Koncz
A lot of announcements while we are on tour: Either from media chairman Olaf Maninger...
...or from orchestra chairman Knut Weber. Sir Simon is all ears.
(Photo: Photos Monika Rittershaus)
Sir Simon and Yuja Wang
Yuja Wang

27 Nov 2017

Rehearsal at Suntory Hall

At the backstage entrance of Suntory Hall
(Photo: Markus Weidmann)
In great demand for photos: our first concertmaster Daishin Kashimoto
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Midori Koyama and Sarah Willis. Midori plays the French horn herself and is a big fan of our orchestra for many years.

27 Nov 2017

Our Fans

Our orchestra has many fans – especially in Japan.

Sarah Willis and Ludwig Quandt
Wolfgang Talirz
Alessandro Cappone and Madeleine Carruzzo
Rüdiger Liebermann
(Photo: Photos Monika Rittershaus)

27 Nov 2017

Suntory Hall backstage

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

26 Nov 2017

Tuba on Tour 18

Tuba in the rain

Tokyo

(Photo: Photos Monika Rittershaus)

26 Nov 2017

An evening in Tokyo

26 Nov 2017

The Japanese audience

(Photo: Photos Monika Rittershaus)

25 Nov 2017

Final applause in Kawasaki

Janusz Widzyk and Martin Heinze
Muza Kawasaki
Alexander Bader
David Riniker
Sir Simon

25 Nov 2017

Concert in Kawasaki

Jelka Weber
Kotowa Machida and Ulrich Wolff
Martin von der Nahmer
Martin Menking
(Photo: Photos Monika Rittershaus)

25 Nov 2017

Backstage in Kawasaki

25 Nov 2017

Principal clarinet Wenzel Fuchs on the acoustics in Muza Kawasaki Concert Hall

Sir Simon, Daishin Kashimoto and Noah Bendix-Balgley
Sir Simon
Bastian Schäfer and Maja Avramović
Kotowa Machida

25 Nov 2017

Rehearsal in Kawasaki

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

25 Nov 2017

Tuba on Tour 17

Tuba in red

Muza Kawasaki Concert Hall

Ludwig Quandt
Ulrich Wolff
Walter Küssner and Eiji Egawa
Bastian Schäfer
Václav Vonášek
Eva-Maria Tomasi
Alessandro Cappone
Fergus McWilliam
Wenzel Fuchs

25 Nov 2017

Student orchestra in Kawasaki

Some members of our orchestra used a half free day to meet with a student orchestra in Kawasaki. They played together and had a lot of fun! Special thanks go to Eiji Egawa for organizing this event.

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

25 Nov 2017

Ueno Park and its residents

Janusz Widzyk and Stanisław Pajak on tour with the subway

25 Nov 2017

Tokyo impressions by Monika Rittershaus

25 Nov 2017

Reed-making on tour

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

24 Nov 2017

Tuba on Tour 16

Tuba playing stimulates the appetite - Sushi with colleagues is the cure

Sushi restaurant in Tokyo with Guillaume Jehl and Gabor Tarkövi

Knut Weber, Sir Simon and Andrea Zietzschmann
Photo call
Sir Simon Rattle
Orchestra chairman Knut Weber
General Manager Andrea Zietzschmann
Knut Weber and Andrea Zietzschmann with our amazing Japanese-German interpreter Kazuko Kurahara, who has become a close friend of our orchestra since many years.
Sir Simon with Yukako Inoue, who did a great job interpreting Japanese-English.
Robert Zimmermann and Olaf Maninger, directors of BerlinPhilMedia, spoke in the second part of the press conference
Olaf Maninger

24 Nov 2017

Press conference in Tokio

In Tokyo we kept up with the good tradition of our own press conference with topics from the orchestra and BerlinPhilMedia, who run the Digital Concert Hall and our Label. We were very happy with the attendance.

24 Nov 2017

Photos from Kamakura by Michael Frohloff

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

23 Nov 2017

Tuba on Tour 15

60 years of philharmonic tuba in Tokyo

In front of Suntory Hall, Tokyo

Raphael Haeger
Stefan de Leval Jezierski
Bastian Schäfer, Dorian Xhoxhi and Joaquin Riquelme
Back in our second home: Walter Seyfarht in front of Suntory Hall

23 Nov 2017

Flight to Tokyo and happy arrival

23 Nov 2017

Unsuk Chin and the Berliner Philharmoniker in Seoul

Extra applause for Hendrik Heilmann, who plays the piano part in "Petrushka"
Sir Simon and Unsuk Chin

23 Nov 2017

Second concert in Seoul

Marion Ravot and Marie-Pierre Langlamet
Sir Simon
Unsuk Chin and Sir Simon
Stanley Dodds
Stefan Dohr
Stefan de Leval Jezierski
Percussionist summit in the rear area of the stage

23 Nov 2017

Second rehearsal in Seoul

23 Nov 2017

Martin Heinze has a special Hobby