Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland

Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 July 2019

Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland à la Fondation Louis Vuitton, le 11 juillet 2018. © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Raphaël Martiq
Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland
Masterclass

Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland à la Fondation Louis Vuitton, le 11 juillet 2018. © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Raphaël Martiq

Passionate about teaching, Seiji Ozawa believes that playing chamber music, particularly in a quartet, is essential, so he founded his Academy in 2004. Every year, 25 young musicians rigorously selected from the world’s leading conservatoires and competitions go to Switzerland to attend the Seiji Ozawa International Academy, where they work - together and in quartets - with Nobuko Imai, Pamela Frank and Sadao Harada, three world-renowned tutors and performers.

 

For the fifth consecutive year, the Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland will come to the Fondation for a final session with a masterclass and special concert with string quartets, octets and ensembles under the direction of the maestro Kazuki Yamada, who will conduct an arrangement for string ensemble of Mendelssohn’s Octet, Op. 20.

THE ARTISTS

Tutors
Students
Kazuki Yamada

Conductor

 

Born in 1979 in Kanagawa, Japan, Kazuki Yamada studied piano before devoting himself to orchestral conducting. After graduating from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, he won the 2009 Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors. Since then, he has directed the orchestras of St Petersburg, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Cologne, Birmingham, Berlin, Paris, Toulouse and Australia, and of the broadcasters Rai and NHK, as well as the Philharmonia Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, the English Chamber Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

Since 2017, Kazuki Yamada has been the artistic and musical director of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra and principal conductor of both the Japan and Sendai Philharmonic Orchestras. He is associate conductor of the Orchestral Ensemble Kanazawa, musical director of the Yokohama Sinfonietta, of the Philharmonic Chorus of Tokyo and principal guest conductor of the Birmingham Symphonic Orchestra. 

Nobuko Imai

Tutor

 

Born in 1943, the famous violist Nobuko Imai studied at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Japan, like Seiji Ozawa and Sadao Harada, then at Yale University and the Juilliard School in the United States. A world-renowned violist, member of the famous Vermeer Quartet and founder of the Michelangelo Quartet, Nobuko Imai performs with prestigious orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. 

She also plays with top-class artists such as Gidon Kremer, Midori, Isaac Stern, Martha Argerich and many others. In 2009, she created the first international competition dedicated to the viola. Considered one of the greatest violists of our time, her talent and charisma make Nobuko Imai a much sought-after tutor. She currently teaches at the Amsterdam Conservatory, the Kronberg Academy and the Queen Sofia College of Music in Madrid. She is associate professor at Ueno Gakuen University in Tokyo 

Sadao Harada

Tutor

 

At the age of 11, young Sadao Harada followed the same musical training as Seiji Ozawa, as a cellist, with Maestro Hideo Saito at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo. He became the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra’s youngest ever first cello. He then left for New York where he studied chamber music at the Juilliard School, with Robert Mann as his tutor. 

In 1969, he founded the Tokyo String Quartet, which he directed for 30 years and which became a huge success. He performs around the world as a renowned soloist and chamber musician. He is a professor at Yale University in the United States of America, at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen in Germany and at Ueno Gakuen University in Japan. Sadao Harada is famous for his exceptional technical mastery and dynamic interpretations.

Pamela Frank

Tutor

 

Pamela Frank’s parents introduced her to music at a very young age and she quickly gained a worldwide reputation with her classical and contemporary repertoire. As a soloist or chamber musician, she plays with the world's most famous orchestras (New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic and more). 

In 1999, she won the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize. Pamela Frank is a much sought-after teacher. She is a violin teacher at the Curtis Institute of Music and each year at the Tanglewood, Ravinia and Verbier Festivals. She is also artistic director of the Evnin Rising Stars programme at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts and chair of the 2018 Menuhin Competition. With physiotherapist Howard Nelson, she started Fit as a Fiddle, a programme offering musicians treatment to enable them to continue their musical careers after an injury.

violon

Christel Lee, Yume Fujise, Eva Rabchevska, Sarah Jegou, Diana Adamyan, Jane Hyeonjin Cho,  Vassily Chmykov, Felicitas Schiffner, Suyeon Kim, Julien Szulman, Shuichi Okada, Alexandre Pascal

 

viola

Takehiro Konoe, Hayang Park, Gueli Kim, Bella Chich, Manuel Vioque-Judde, Violaine Despeyroux

 

cello

Jonathan Roozeman, Magdalena Ceple, Gabriel Esteban, Stéphanie Huang, Bumjun Kim, Sharon Tsai

The essential

Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 July 2019
Auditorium

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  • - Full price €25.00
  • - Member price €15.00

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PROGRAMME

WEDNESDAY 10 JULY 

 

4.00p.m.-6.00p.m.:

Masterclass and public rehearsal

(excerpts)

 

Georges Enescu, String Octet, Op. 7

 

Felix Mendelssohn, Octet, Op. 20, arranged for string ensemble

 

 

THURSDAY 11 JULY 

 

8.30p.m.: Concert

First half: movements from string quartets and octets

 

Ludwig Van Beethoven

String Quartet, Op. 59 no. 1

 

Johannes Brahms

String Quartet, Op. 51 no. 1

 

Claude Debussy

String Quartet, Op. 10

 

Joseph Haydn

String Quartet, Op. 76, no. 1

 

Georges Enescu

String Octet, Op. 7

 

 

Second half: string ensemble conducted by Kazuki Yamada

Felix Mendelssohn, Octet, Op. 20, arranged for string ensemble 

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