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Saturday, September 01, 2007


Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa

OEK means Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa which is a small orchestra in Kanazawa, Japan. It was founded in 1988 by Kanazawa city and gets support from Ishikawa prefecture and Kanazawa city. It has played in Ongakudo since 2001. Hiroyuki Iwaki recommended the first conductor, Amanuma Yuuko. Hiroyuki Iwaki died in 2006, but he was named the honorary musical director of the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa and his memory lives on. He created OEK as the country’s first multinational chamber orchestra, consisting of 40 musicians from all over the world. For example, Dmitrij Kitajenko is from Leningrad and Gunter Pichler is from Vienna.

OEK is one of the youngest orchestras in Japan; it has a busy schedule presenting more than 100 concerts a year in Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture and in all major cities throughout Japan. It regularly performs abroad: they have had recent tours in Europe as well as to South-East Asia and Australia. It plays works by Tchaikovsky, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, modern music and many original compositions. It is a small orchestra, but it plays grand music. Regular concerts are the Master series, Philharmony series and Fantasy series. In 2007, Michiyoshi Inoue became the new musical director.

In 2002, the orchestra played the main theme of NHK’s Taiga drama “Toshiie to Matsu.” Recently, classical music has become popular among because of many people from the influence of comics. OEK plays music that appeared in the comics. For example, Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 appeared in “Nodame Cantabil” and OEK performed it. Also, OEK has guest performaners such as Stanislay Bunin and Yo-yo Ma. The orchestra will become a famous orchestra. Also, it will perform a lot of overseas performances and play music with many famous players. It will make classical music more popular with people.

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