Japan tour 2019 with Zubin Mehta

Travelling to Japan is always a treat! Our first Japan tour with honorary member Zubin Mehta with concerts in Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka, Kawasaki and Tokyo. On the program: “Don Quixote” by Richard Strauss with our first principal cellist Ludwig Quandt and our first principal violist Amihai Grosz as soloists, Ludwig van Beethoven's Third symphony and Anton Bruckner's Eighth symphony. This is our first pure Japan tour since 15 years.

24 Nov 2019

Addendum to the fish market visit

Wenzel Fuchs and Nao-san have also been accompanied by our video team!

23 Nov 2019

See you, Suntory Hall!

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

23 Nov 2019

Signing session with Maja Avramović, Emmanuel Pahud and Daishin Kashimoto

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Zubin Mehta
...with Marie-Pierre Langlamet
Dōmo arigatō, Maestro!

23 Nov 2019

Farewell concert of this tour

Philipp Bohnen
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Stage manager Enrico Starkulla takes a parting glance on the stage of Suntory Hall.
Koichi Suzuki, CEO of IIJ, sponsor of our Digital Concert Hall.

23 Nov 2019

Before the last concert of this tour

Daishin Kashimoto
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Edicson Ruiz
Alexander von Puttkamer

22 Nov 2019

Bruckner 8 at Suntory Hall

Solène Kermarrec
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Maja Avramović
Naoko Shimizu
Kotowa Machida
Raimar Orlovsky
Zubin Mehta and Stefan Schweigert

22 Nov 2019

Rehearsal impressions

21 Nov 2019

One of our biggest fans in Japan

21 Nov 2019

Signing session with Zubin Mehta

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Amihai Grosz
Ludwig Quandt
Zubin Mehta and Jonathan Kelly
A huge honor for us: The emperor emeritus and the empress emerita made their traditional visit to one of our concerts.
(Photo: Suntory Hall)

21 Nov 2019

The last "Don Quixote" on this tour

... in Tokyo with royal visitors!

Jesper Busk Sørensen
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Andre Schoch
Simon Roturier
Kyoungmin Park
Stephan Koncz
Amihai Grosz
Ludwig Quandt
Andreas Wittmann
Manfred Preis, Rüdiger Liebermann and Madeleine Carruzzo
Martin Menking

21 Nov 2019

Backstage at Suntory Hall

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Franz Schindlbeck
Esko Laine
Janusz Widzyk

21 Nov 2019

Soundcheck at Suntory Hall

Suntory Hall is our second home, not only for the familiar architecture.

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

20 Nov 2019

Visit at the fishmarket with Wenzel Fuchs

Wenzel Fuchs visiting the Toyosu fish market together with our friend Naoyuki Hayashi.

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Andreas Ottensamer
Luis Felipe Coelho

20 Nov 2019

Concert in Kawasaki

Post-concert tradition: Signatures for our fans!

Eva-Maria Tomasi
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Rachel Schmidt
Christoph Igelbrink
Marlene Ito
Don Quixote - Ludwig Quandt
Sancho Panza - Amihai Grosz

20 Nov 2019

Soundcheck in Kawasaki

One of our favourite concert halls: Muza Kawasaki.

20 Nov 2019

Fast forward to Bruckner

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

20 Nov 2019

Walter Seyfarth visits the Hie-jinja shrine in Tokyo

19 Nov 2019

Zubin Mehta about tradition

Knut Weber, Andrea Zietzschmann, Zubin Mehta and translator Kazuko Kurahara
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Olaf Maninger

19 Nov 2019

Press conference about the tour and our new Bruckner edition

At our meanwhile traditional press conference in Tokyo we presented the new Bruckner edition of our label. Zubin Mehta, who conducted the Eigths Symphony on this Edition, was our guest of honour.

19 Nov 2019

Walter Seyfarth on Japan

One of the few remaining musicians, who has been in Japan with Herbert von Karajan: Walter Seyfarth looks back.

Peter Riegelbauer
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Alexander Bader
RAchel Schmidt

19 Nov 2019

Chamber music concert in memoriam Isao Matsushita

A few impressions from rehearsal and concert in memoriam Isao Matsushita, composer and friend of our orchestra. The Scharoun Ensemble played together with two japanese members of our Karajan Academy.

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

19 Nov 2019

Free day in Tokyo

Waiting for Santa...

While on tour in Tokyo, the big toy store Hakuhinkan is a must for serious christmas shopping! Bettina Sartorius took the chance during our free day.

Stefan Dohr get's his own special christmas present: a new horn concerto by Hans Abrahamsen, to be premiered in Berlin end of January. He met with conductor Paavo Järvi in Tokyo (whereelse?) to go through the score.

17 Nov 2019

Amihai Grosz talking about Sancho Panza

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Zubin Mehta and Wenzel Fuchs

16 Nov 2019

Bruckner 8 in Fukuoka

Extra applause for our trumpet section - and of course for Zubin Mehta!

The famous step garden
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Ludwig Quandt has many fans!
Matthew McDonald and Esko Laine
Bettina Sartorius
Jesper Busk Sørensen
Zubin Mehta

16 Nov 2019

ACROS in Fukuoka - a fascinating cultural centre!

Impressions from Symphony Hall and soundcheck

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

16 Nov 2019

A walk through Fukuoka with Anna Mehlin

16 Nov 2019

Ludwig Quandt about Don Quixote

Video: Magdalena Zieba-Schwind and Adam Janisch

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

15 Nov 2019

Second concert and signing session in Osaka

Marlene Ito, Sarah Willis and Wieland Welzel sign CDs after our second concert in Osaka.

Sancho Pansa - Amihai Grosz
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Don Quixote - Ludwig Quandt
One of our 21 Dulcineas: Cornelia Gartemann
Best view on their colleague: Principal cellists Martin Löhr and Bruno Delepelaire
Jonathan Kelly
Daniele Damiano

15 Nov 2019

Soundcheck for the second concert in Osaka

Don Quixote, Sancho Pansa and Dulcinea have arrived in time for our second concert in Osaka.

15 Nov 2019

Wagnertuben explained by Sarah Willis

Zoltán Almási and Andrés Iniesta
Zoltán Almási and Walter Küssner with the German team manager of Vissel Kobe, Thorsten Fink
Kobe News always up-to-date!
Luis Esnaola and Andrés Iniesta

15 Nov 2019

Sports news

Football fans on tour! For Zoltán Almási, Walter Küssner and Luis Esnaola a dream came true: Meeting their idol Andrés Iniesta! They took the chance to visit the training of Vissel Kobe. Even the local press made a news of this meeting.

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Benjamin Forster
Zubin Mehta
..with Albrecht Mayer and Daishin Kashimoto

14 Nov 2019

Bruckner 8 - Concert in Osaka

You cannot have too many concertmasters: Zubin Mehta talking to Daishin Kashimoto and Noah Bendix-Balgley.
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Wolfgang Talirz
Dietmar Schwalke
Jesper Busk Sørensen
Michael Hasel
Emmanuel Pahud

14 Nov 2019

Bruckner 8 in Osaka - Soundcheck and Backstage

Focus before stepping on the podium: Zubin Mehta
Wenzel Fuchs
Sebastian Krunnies
Julia Gartemann
Zubin Mehta with Stefan de Leval Jezierski
Zubin Mehta with Walter Küssner

14 Nov 2019

Backstage in Nagoya

A view into the backstage area in Nagoya with Monika Rittershaus

Zubin Mehta
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Emmanuel Pahud
Georg Schreckenberger
Stefan Dohr
Standing Ovation for Zubin Mehta, accompanied by Albrecht Mayer

13 Nov 2019

Concert in Nagoya

Enthusiastic response from the audience in Nagoya!

Andrea Zietzschmann and Zubin Mehta welcome everybody for the tour start.
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Marlene Ito
Christoph Polonek and Hande Küden
Sebastian Heesch and Maja Avramović
Jelka Weber
Anna Mehlin

13 Nov 2019

Soundcheck in Nagoya

Everybody reunited in good mood! What more could you ask for?

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

12 Nov 2019

Kyoto impressions

12 Nov 2019

Day trip to Kyoto

... on a free day with Albrecht Mayer and Stefan Schweigert. Photos by Monika Rittershaus

12 Nov 2019

Zubin Mehta's personal heroes

11 Nov 2019

Looking forward to Japan: Zubin Mehta