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November 3(Tue) 15:30

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Closing Concert – Special Concert by Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra under Naoto Otomo

LUCERNE FESTIVAL ARK NOVA 2015 closes with the final concert by the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra led by Naoto Otomo, welcoming as the soloist the cellist Aurélien Pascal, twenty-year-old French genius. The Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra has performed for the festival for three consecutive years since 2013.


Naoto Otomo, conductor、Aurélien Pascal, cello、Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra


Dvořák: Cello concerto
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet

About the Artist

Naoto Otomo, conductor Graduated from Toho Gakuen School of Music. Studied under Seiji Ozawa, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Tadaaki Odaka and Morihiro Okabe. While still being a student of the Toho Gakuen, he entered NHK Symphony Orchestra and had his debut with the orchestra at 22. Now Otomo is a principal conductor of Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, conductor laureate of Kyoto Symphony Orchestra and music advisor of Ryukyu Symphony Orchestra. Also Otomo was the first music director of Tokyo Bunka Kaikan for 8 years (2004-2012). He also has become a music director of Gunma Symphony Orchestra from April 2013. Naoto Otomo received 8th Akio Watanabe Music Foundation Award in 2000 and 7th Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Award in 2008.

Aurélien Pascal, cello In 2005, at the age of 11, Aurélien was named winner of the 1st Rostropovitch Junior Competition and in 2011 was awarded the Guy Bonnemain Prize for the best new talent at the International André Navarra Competition in Toulouse. At only 19 years old, French cellist Aurélien Pascal was awarded the Grand Prix, Audience Prize and Special Prize for the best performance of a concerto by Ernst Toch at the 2015 Emanuel Feuermann Competition under the patronage of Daniel Barenboim. Prior to that in 2013, he was 2nd Prize-winner at the International Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki, the prestigious jury led by Arto Noras praised the emergence of a new French talent gifted with both rare power and superb elegance. Born into a family of musicians, Aurélien Pascal is currently a student of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris in the class of Philippe Muller. He plays a French cello made in 1850 by Charles-Adolphe Gand.

Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra The orchestra was established in 1973 and performs about 110 concerts every year including their series at the Hitachi Systems Hall Sendai. Their activities also focus in enriching the music culture of Sendai City, including the promotion of Sendai International Music Competition. After the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, the orchestra also performs for disaster victims and strengthening their relation to its community. The orchestra was awarded the Exxon Mobil Music Award in 2011. They have been invited in March 2013 to perform in Russia to represent the Tohoku region. Principal Conductor is Pascal Verrot, Kazuhiro Koizumi is the orchestra's Principal Guest Conductor, and Kazuki Yamada their Music Partner.