TDK’s corporate motto of “Contribute to culture and industry through creativity” is the managerial philosophy underlying our social contribution activities.

A special feature of classical music is that it is a lingua franca transcending eras, national borders, and generations.
The TDK Orchestra Concert does more than just support a high-quality musical event capable of arousing emotions. Through the Special Rehearsal, we give young people studying music the opportunity to observe a rehearsal in which a world-class orchestra creates live sound. And in the Outreach Mini Concert program, artists visit a school to perform and engage in exchange with the students. TDK believes this is one aspect of the social contribution activities that a company can participate in, and we have been implementing the events annually since 2003.

Special Rehearsal

On November 23 (Wednesday), ahead of the main performance, 200 students studying music were chosen by lottery and invited to observe an special rehearsal of the orchestra. The participating students watched intently the unfamiliar scene of music being created before their very eyes?the sight of the conductor, Sir Simon Rattle, calling out instructions to the orchestra members concerning the sounds that he wanted, and the serious looks of the orchestra members as they attempted to meet his demands.

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Comments by Audience

  • “It was a very valuable experience. All the performances were very beautiful, delicate, and bold. The horn concerto Moment of Blossoming was especially moving. It was like the music was gushing forth from Sir Simon Rattle’s hands and filling the whole hall. And then I was delighted when they played Morning Song of a Jester, because I play the bassoon in my school brass band. I was really looking forward to that. In the future, I want to become a musician who moves people too.” (Senior high school student: female)
  • “It was like this is real music. I was very moved indeed. To be able to create music like that with such cool expressions on their faces?that’s why they are the best orchestra in the world! After listening to today’s performance, my feelings toward my own music have become even more intense. I serve as the conductor of our brass band. From now on also, in order to develop our band, I will devote myself to creating wonderful music like the Berlin Philharmonic. Thank you for a marvelous experience.” (Senior high school student: male)
  • “Every piece was powerful. Every orchestra member played with individuality. It was very impressive how they freely moved their bodies as they performed. And the variations in loudness were wonderful. Every member paid attention to the conductor and concentrated, becoming a single entity. I really want to put what I have learned to use. Thank you.” (Senior high school student: female)
  • “I was deeply impressed by the beauty of the music. I don’t think I’ll ever have such an opportunity again, so I will treasure it all my life and utilize the experience in my own activities from now on.” (Senior high school student: female)
  • “The music was very beautiful. It was very delicate and powerful and moved the air in the hall. I will practice until I can create convincing sounds as well. And as an orchestra as well, I want to make better music.” (Senior high school student: female)
  • “I understood the process of creating music very well. It was good to come into contact with the real thing, and I want to use the experience in my own performances from now on.” (Senior high school student: female)

Profiles of Artists

  • Berlin Philharmonic
  • Sir Simon Rattle
  • Stefan Dohr
  • Daishin Kashimoto
  • Toshio Hosokawa
Berlin Philharmonic

(C)Berliner Philharmoniker/Matthias Heyde

The Berlin Philharmonic was founded on May 1, 1882. Its first principal conductor was Hans von Bulow. Arthur Nikisch served as principal conductor for 27 years from 1895, during which time the Berlin Philharmonic acquired international prestige. The third principal conductor, Wilhelm Furtwangler, held the baton for 20 years. He died in 1954, the year before the orchestra’s first tour of the United States. Herbert von Karajan was then the conductor for 35 years; he was appointed principal conductor and artistic director for life in 1956. During this period the Berlin Philharmonic achieved great fame through numerous recordings and performances. Karajan created the Salzburg Music Festival in 1967. After his retirement, Claudio Abbado became the fifth principal conductor. The present principal conductor and artistic director, Sir Simon Rattle, was appointed in the autumn of 2002. This is the Berlin Philharmonic’s nineteenth visit to Japan for performances.

Sir Simon Rattle

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Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)
Sir Simon Rattle was born in Liverpool, England, in 1955. He studied conducting and percussion instruments at the Royal Academy of Music in London. From 1980 until 1998 he served as the principal conductor and artistic advisor, and then as music director, of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He received his knighthood in 1994 in recognition of his contribution to the world of music. In September 2002 he was appointed principal conductor and artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic. In these roles, he has engaged in numerous recordings and also promoted new fields, such as the pioneering Zukunft@Bphil educational program. In recognition of these activities, he received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany from the German government in 2009. At present, he engages energetically in many activities, including serving as artistic director of the Salzburg Music Festival and conducting opera performances with the Berlin Philharmonic.

Stefan Dohr

(C)Jim Rakete

Stefan Dohr (horn)
Stefan Dohr was proclaimed the “king of his instrument” by the New York Chronicle for his perfect technique, pure intonation, and clear articulation and he has become a leading presence in the world of horn. At the age of 19 he became the principal horn player for the Frankfurt Opera, and after that he served in the same role for the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Nice Philharmonic Orchestra, and Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra. In 1993 he was appointed to his present position as principal horn player for the Berlin Philharmonic. He is also active as a world-class solo performer.

Daishin Kashimoto

(C)Jim Rakete

Daishin Kashimoto (1st concertmaster)
Daishin Kashimoto was born in London in 1979. He studied under Kumiko Eto, Naoko Tanaka, Zakhar Bron, and Rainer Kussmaul. He has won five prestigious international competitions, including the 1996 International Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition and the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Competition for Piano and Violin. He attracted worldwide attention as the youngest-ever winner of the then 50-year-old Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Competition. So far he has performed with orchestras both in Japan and overseas under such famous conductors as Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa, Mariss Jansons, and Myung-Whun Chung. He received the Arion Music Award in 1995, the Idemitsu Music Award and Mobil Music Award in 1997, the Nippon Steel Music Award Fresh Artist Prize in 1998, and the Japanese Education Minister’s Incentive Award for Young Artists for fiscal 1997. In June 2009 it was announced that he had been unofficially selected as the first concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, the greatest and most well-known orchestra in the world. After voting by orchestra members, he was officially appointed to that post on December 10, 2010. He uses a 1674 Andrea Guarneri violin.

Toshio Hosokawa

(C)Kaz Ishikawa

Toshio Hosokawa (composer)
Toshio Hosokawa was born in Hiroshima. He studied in Germany for 10 years from 1976, under Yun Isang at the Berlin University of the Arts and Klaus Huber at the Freiburg University of Music. In 1982, at the age of 26, when he was a student at the Berlin University of the Arts, he won first prize in the 100th anniversary composition competition of the Berlin Philharmonic. Since then he has received numerous international composition awards. He was selected as a member of the Academy of Fine Arts Berlin in 2001 and as a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin in 2006. In Japan, he received the Education Minister’s Award in 2007 and the 39th Suntory Music Award, also in 2007. In 2011 his opera Matsukaze caused a sensation when it was performed for the first time at the La Monnaie theater in Brussels and then at the Berlin State Opera House, as well as in Luxemburg and Warsaw. His numerous original works, based on Eastern thought and Japanese aesthetics but also influenced by modern European music, continue to be highly praised in European music circles. He has been commissioned to produce works for, among others, the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Salzburg Music Festival, Lucerne Music Festival, Aix-en-Provence Music Festival, La Monnaie, Berlin State Opera, and Edinburgh Music Festival. His main works include the operas Matsukaze and Hanjo, the orchestral piece Circulating Ocean, the concerto Cloud and Light for the sho (an ancient Japanese reed instrument), and Silent Flowers for string quartets.

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On November 21 (Monday) the five-member Berliner Baroque Soloists, a string ensemble of members of the Berlin Philharmonic, visited Narita Municipal Shimofusa Junior High School in Chiba Prefecture. Before an audience of 350 persons in the gymnasium, including students of the junior high school and three nearby elementary schools and their parents, the artists gave a wonderful performance, together with commentary, of the La Musette suite by Georg Philip Telemann. The students listened to the clear, beautiful music intently and with bated breath. After the performance, as a token of gratitude for the outreach mini concert, the junior high and elementary school students themselves gave a heartwarming performance of the song “Tsubasa wo kudasai” (Give Me Wings), and the brass band of Shimofusa Junior High School gave a stirring rendition of Centuria. The gymnasium was filled with rapturous applause.

Performers: Berliner Baroque Soloists (a string ensemble of members of the Berlin Philharmonic)?Kotowa Machida (violin), Raimar Orlovsky (violin), Walter Kussner (viola), Stephan Koncz (cello), Ulrich Wolff (double bass)

Comments by Audience

  • “It was a wonderful performance?really beautiful music, and so powerful, it was hard to believe only five people were playing. I belong to the brass band, and I intend to practice hard so that one day I can create sounds like the Berlin Philharmonic.” (Student: female)
  • “I was delighted to be able to hear a performance by the Berlin Philharmonic. It was the first time for me to hear a live performance. Every single piece was explained, so it was very easy to understand. They are world famous, so for them to come to Shimofusa Junior High School…I’m sure we’ll never have the chance to see them again. The double bass player was fantastic. I was amazed how fast his hands moved. I was also amazed when I heard that they practiced at least three hours and usually six or seven hours a day. I understood the importance of practice. I was really happy today to be able to hear a live performance and spoken German.” (Student: female)
  • “I was very moved by hearing the live sound of stringed instruments for the first time. I was mentally tired from my daily preparations for the senior high school entrance examinations, but the concert gave me strength. And listening to the orchestra members, I understood that the world-famous Berlin Phil really is in a class of its own. The performance by the brass band was very dynamic as well, and I thought for the first time that I would like to be able to play an instrument too. Inspired by this valuable experience, I will study hard for my entrance examinations.” (Student: male)
  • “It was the first time in my life for me to hear a professional concert performance. Each member focused seriously on a single piece of music and played so cheerfully. Watching them, I was immediately drawn into the performance. Each member played a different instrument, but while performing, they were looking at one another and listening to one another’s music. That’s why they can move people and put on a world-class performance. The performance made me think that when I get older, I want to go to Germany and hear the Berlin Philharmonic perform once again.” (Student: female)
  • “I heard a performance by the Berlin Philharmonic for the first time when I was a student. I was amazed that the principal trombone player was a small woman. I had aspired to follow the path of music from before then, but for the first time I noticed that I had never before been so very deeply moved. Listening to the performance of the Berlin Philharmonic, for the first time ever I cried without being either sad or happy. The Berlin Phil’s music reaches people’s hearts. I want everyone to open up their hearts and enjoy music.” (Teacher: female)

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Outline

Name: TDK Orchestra Concert 2011
Berlin Philharmonic Japan Performance
Conducted by Sir Simon Rattle
Sponsorship, invitation, production: Fuji Television Network, Inc.
Special support: TDK Corporation
Performer: Berlin Philharmonic
Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle
Performance dates: November 22, 2011 (Tue) (Program 1)
November 23, 2011 (Wed) (Program 2)
November 24, 2011 (Thu) (Program 3)
Programs:
Program 1:
Gustav Mahler*, Symphony No. 9
*The year 2011 marked the 100th anniversary of Mahler’s death.
Program 2:
Maurice Ravel, Alborada del gracioso (Morning Song of a Jester)
Toshio Hosokawa, horn concerto Moment of Blossoming
Horn: Stefan Dohr (soloist)
Anton Bruckner, Symphony No. 9