Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa
Ensemble Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa
Music Director:Hiroyuki Iwaki
Principal Guest Conductor:Gunter Pichler
Artistic Director:Michael Dauth
Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa was founded in 1988 with support from the
prefecture of Ishikawa and the city of Kanazawa, a city symbolizing Japanese
Art, Culture and Tradition. The initiative was taken by Hiroyuki Iwaki, the
present Music Director, to create this multinational chamber orchestra that
consists of 40 member musicians. One of the youngest orchestras in the country,
it has a busy schedule presenting more than 100 concerts a year in Kanazawa
City, Ishikawa Ongakudo Concert Hall and Ishikawa Prefecture as well as in all major cities throughout Japan.
Additionally, the orchestra regularly performs abroad:recent tours have an cludedgermany,France,Spain and Britain as well as cities in South-East Asia and
Conductors and Soloists performing with the orchestra have included james
DePreist, Jean-Pierre Wallez, Jean-Francois Paillard, Nicholas Kraemer and
Andras Ligeti as well as Hermann Prey, Karl Leister, Wolfram Christ, Rainer
Kuchl,Mario Brunello, Yo-Yo Ma, Stanisrav Bunin, Salvatore Accardo, Bruno Camino, Dmitrij Kitajenko, Kyoko Takezawa and Akiko Suwanai.
Future engagements will include Gidon Kremer and many others.
Although the Orchestra's programme building is based on Classical and Romantic repertoires, great emphasis is put on interoretation of contemporary misic.
The endeavor to commission,explore,and perform new music has led to more than 50 world premieres, mostly of pieces written by composers in residence,namely Toshi Ichiyanagi,Maki Ishii,Yuzo Toyama,Akira Nishimura,Joji Yuasa, Toru Takemitsu, Toshiro Mayuzumi,Shinichiro Ikebe,Keiko Fujiie, Hikaru Hayashi, Tetsuji Emura,Teizo Matsumura and Akira Miyoshi.
Among many CD productions of Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Bizet/Shchedrin's Carmen Suite and Schnittke's Concerto Grosso No.1, recorded by Deutsche Grammophon,received the Record Academy Prize in 1992. Vol.2, an album recorded in the same label and composed entirely of commissioned new music, also received the Record Academy Prize in 1995.