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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko arrived in Tokyo Thursday for a 12 day tour of Japan.
A group of 25 Maestro! Music Lovers arrive today and will attend the orchestra's sold out concerts in Tokyo on Monday (Suntory Hall) and Wednesday (Orchard Hall). During their stay they will also attend concerts with Paavo Järvi amd NHK Symphony Orchestra, Junichi Hirokami and Kyoto Symphony Orchestra and finally Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
Despite a six hour delay with Cathay Pacific the Maestro! team managed to get all our guests re-routed onto Japan Airlines so that they will arrive just 40 minutes late in Tokyo (rather than 8 hours!).
The 14 night tour covers Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Hiroshima, Kyoto and Hong Kong.
Outstanding reviews from both the Berliner Morgenpost & Der Tagesspiegel for Vasily's debut performances with the Berliner Philharmoniker last week.
With barely eight weeks notice he took over the podium from the injured Zubin Mehta and conducted the hugely demanding Schoenberg Violin Concerto (his first time conducting this work as well!).
Not to add any pressure of course but the violinist tasked with performing the piece was Michael Barenboim, son of the legendary Daniel.
No less than 30 music lovers and loyal followers of Vasily from Liverpool and the Northwest travelled to Berlin to attended the performance. During their stay they also enjoyed a new production premiere of Don Quixote with the Staatsballet Berlin and had dinner on the roof of the Reichstag.
The Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, perhaps the greatest operatic baritone of his generation, died this week in London of complications from brain cancer. He was 55 years old.
Siberian born Hvorostovsky won the Cardiff Singer of the World 1989, beating Bryn Terfel (who is in Liverpool just this week performing Falstaff).
In 1992 Dmitri accepted an invitation to come to Liverpool and perform in a gala concert 'Fanfare for a New World' together with a star-studded cast including Montserrat Caballé, Rita Hunter, Alfredo Kraus, Julia Migenes and Sir Peter Ustinov. The concert, staged to mark the 500th anniversary of the Grand Regata Columbus was attended by King Juan Carlos of Spain, HRH Prince Andrew and twelve ambassadors.
You can watch Dmitri's performance that evening 25 years ago by clicking the 'Related News Link' button below.
In June 2015 he announced that he was suffering from a brain tumor, and in December last year announced that he would be withdrawing from all future staged operas. He managed one last surprise appearance during the Met Gala in May this year for a poignant performance of the "Cortigiani" aria from Verdi's Rigoletto. You can see that performance here: