Paavo Järvi with the NHK Symphony Orchestra
Music | Japan
28 Feb 2019
Paavo Järvi with the NHK Symphony Orchestra
Music | Japan
28 Feb 2019
Paavo Järvi © Yong Bin
Paavo Järvi © Kaupo Kikkas
Paavo Järvi and NHKSO © Belinda Lawley
© NHKSO
Zee Zee
Paavo Järvi © Julia Bayer
Paavo Järvi with the NHK Symphony Orchestra
Music | Japan
28 Feb 2019

Paavo Järvi with the NHK Symphony Orchestra

Distinguished Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi returns to Hong Kong for the first time in two decades, this time as Chief Conductor for Japan’s leading NHK Symphony Orchestra. The contrasting programme opens with a shimmering sonic landscape by Takemitsu, followed by Ravel’s exhilarating, jazz-infused Piano Concerto with acclaimed soloist Zee Zee (Zhang Zuo) and Prokofiev’s heartrending Symphony No 6, rarely performed in Hong Kong.
Distinguished Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi returns to Hong Kong for the first time in two decades, this time as Chief Conductor for Japan’s leading NHK Symphony Orchestra. The contrasting programme opens with a shimmering sonic landscape by Takemitsu, followed by Ravel’s exhilarating, jazz-infused Piano Concerto with acclaimed soloist Zee Zee (Zhang Zuo) and Prokofiev’s heartrending Symphony No 6, rarely performed in Hong Kong.
“Fabulously disciplined, crisp and purposeful” ★★★★ The Guardian

“Järvi concentrated on drawing out the details, leading his musicians to the highest transparency and perfection.” Die Presse
“[Zee Zee] Taking us to another reality… Bright, expressive and moving to the extreme” Belgischer Rundfunk

After a long absence, Paavo Järvi makes a glorious return to Hong Kong alongside NHK Symphony Orchestra, Japan’s leading orchestra. A member of Estonia’s “first family” of musicians (both his father Neeme and younger brother Kristjan are also world-renowned conductors), Järvi has led the NHKSO as Chief Conductor since 2015 and celebrated the orchestra’s 90th birthday in 2016 with a European tour across some of the continent’s most prestigious venues.

The internationally-acclaimed NHKSO was Japan’s first professional orchestra at the time of its establishment and has since worked with esteemed maestros including the great Herbert von Karajan, Ernest Ansermet, Joseph Keilberth, Lovro von Matačić, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, André Previn and Yuzo Toyama, to name a few.

The orchestra’s HKAF programme is deeply expressive, with strong emotions and convictions throughout. Opener How Slow the Wind is a shimmering sonic landscape from Japanese composer Takemitsu, followed by Ravel’s exhilarating, jazz-infused Piano Concerto with the “passionate and compelling” (Los Angeles Times) pianist Zee Zee, before the contrast of Prokofiev’s heartrending Symphony No 6, rarely performed in Hong Kong.
Takemitsu
How Slow the Wind

Ravel
Piano Concerto in G major,
Piano: Zee Zee 

Prokofiev
Symphony No 6 in E-flat minor, Op 111
Introduction
“Fabulously disciplined, crisp and purposeful” ★★★★ The Guardian

“Järvi concentrated on drawing out the details, leading his musicians to the highest transparency and perfection.” Die Presse
“[Zee Zee] Taking us to another reality… Bright, expressive and moving to the extreme” Belgischer Rundfunk

After a long absence, Paavo Järvi makes a glorious return to Hong Kong alongside NHK Symphony Orchestra, Japan’s leading orchestra. A member of Estonia’s “first family” of musicians (both his father Neeme and younger brother Kristjan are also world-renowned conductors), Järvi has led the NHKSO as Chief Conductor since 2015 and celebrated the orchestra’s 90th birthday in 2016 with a European tour across some of the continent’s most prestigious venues.

The internationally-acclaimed NHKSO was Japan’s first professional orchestra at the time of its establishment and has since worked with esteemed maestros including the great Herbert von Karajan, Ernest Ansermet, Joseph Keilberth, Lovro von Matačić, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, André Previn and Yuzo Toyama, to name a few.

The orchestra’s HKAF programme is deeply expressive, with strong emotions and convictions throughout. Opener How Slow the Wind is a shimmering sonic landscape from Japanese composer Takemitsu, followed by Ravel’s exhilarating, jazz-infused Piano Concerto with the “passionate and compelling” (Los Angeles Times) pianist Zee Zee, before the contrast of Prokofiev’s heartrending Symphony No 6, rarely performed in Hong Kong.
Programme
Takemitsu
How Slow the Wind

Ravel
Piano Concerto in G major,
Piano: Zee Zee 

Prokofiev
Symphony No 6 in E-flat minor, Op 111