Mito Chamber Orchestra
The 86th Regular Concert

January 13 (Sun.), 2013, to January 14 (Mon.), 2013


The internationally-active Japanese conductor, Kazushi Ono, who currently serves as the principal conductor of the Opéra National de Lyon in France, makes his long-awaited first appearance in charge of the MCO. Don’t miss this concert—the first collaboration between the conductor and the ensemble—to see how the artists of MCO respond to Ono’s clear-cut conducting style. The program is packed with pieces that will reward the listener, such as Schubert’s Symphony No. 6, as well as Britten’s Nocturne, featuring the budding Japanese tenor, Satoshi Nishimura, who won the grand prize in the 80th Japan Music Competition of 2011.

Kazushi Ono, Conductor
Satoshi Nishimura, Tenor

Dvořák: Serenade for Strings in E Major, Op.22
Britten: Nocturne, Op.60
Schubert: Symphony No.6 in C Major, D589


[All seats reserved]S:¥8,000 A:¥6,500 B:¥5,000

January 13 (Sun): Start 18:30/Open 18:00
January 14 (Mon): Start 14:00/Open 13:30

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Kazushi Ono


Born in 1960, in Tokyo, Kazushi Ono graduated from the the Tokyo University of the Arts. He studied piano and composing under Hisayoshi Ando, and conducting under the late Masahisa Endo. He later studied under Wolfgang Sawallisch and Giuseppe Patanè at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. In 1987, he took first prize at the 3rd Toscanini International Conductors' Competition. Outside of Japan, Ono successively served as chief conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra from 1990 to 1996, as general musical director of the Baden-Württemberg State Theatre from 1996 to 2002, and as music director of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (also known as the Royal Opera House of Belgium) from 2002 to 2008. In Japan, he served as principal conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra from 1992 to 1999, and is currently conductor laureate there. In 2008, Ono became principal conductor of the Opéra National de Lyon in France—a post he still holds today. Starting in the 2012-13 season, he is the principal guest conductor of the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini in Parma, Italy.
In the world of opera, Ono made his conducting debut at La Scala in Milan in 2007, and later led performances at the Metropolitan Opera House, the Opéra de Paris, and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, to list the most prominent. Besides that, he has appeared as guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, to name just a few.
He is the recipient of many awards, including the Akeo Watanabe Music Foundation Music Prize, the Hideo Saito Memorial Foundation Prize, the Suntory Music Award, and the Japan Art Academy Prize and the Onshi Prize from the Japan Art Academy. The Japanese government has awarded him the Medal with Purple Ribbon, and has selected him as a Person of Cultural Merit.

Satoshi Nishimura


Born in 1981 in Chiba, Satoshi Nishimura graduated from the Nihon University College of Art at the top of his class in the music department, after which he completed the opera course in the graduate school of the Tokyo University of the Arts. In 2005, he took the grand prize in the Milan section of the the 36th Italian Voice Competition, and started studying the following year at the Bologna National Conservatory. He has performed the role of Rodolfo from Puccini's "La Bohème" at venues all across Italy, to great acclaim. Between 2008 and 2009, Nishimura actively performed in charity concerts around Japan together with the conductor Kazushi Ono. He was later selected by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs to study abroad at Verona, in an official capacity as an emerging artist. In 2010, he appeared as a soloist in "Beethoven's Ninth Symphony for the 21st Century," conducted by Yutaka Sado. In 2011, he appeared as soloist in a special 100th anniversary performance of the same work by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. The same year, he took second place, as well as the judges' special prize, in the 17th Riccardo Zandonai International Vocal Competition, known as an important "gateway to success" for young opera singers. Nishimura also took first place in the opera aria division and won the audience award in the 80th Music Competition of Japan, held in 2011. Currently, Nishimura keeps a busy performance schedule both in Japan and abroad, steadily expanding his range of activity.



Mito Chamber Orchestra
The 86th Regular Concert


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Organized by

Mito Arts Foundation

Sponsored by

POINT INC., Genden Fureai Ibaraki Foundation, Yoshida Oil Co., Ltd. Mito Keisei Hotel

In cooperation with

All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.

Supported by

THE IBARAKI SHIMBUN Co.,Ltd., Mito Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Grants from

Agency for Cultural Affairs

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