Commemorative Concert of the 100th Anniversary of Hidekazu Yoshida's Birth

Mito Chamber Orchestra
87th Regular Concert

July 6 (Sat.), 2013, to July 7 (Sun.), 2013


Yu Kosuge ©Marco Borggreve
Jun Märkl ©Jean-Baptiste Millot

Jun Maerkl and the MCO pave the way toward a "symphony of a new dimension"

What sort of sound would be produced an orchestra consisting of seasoned Japanese performers active on the international stage? It was with that idea that Art Tower Mito's first director general, the music critic Hidekazu Yoshida, proposed the formation of the Mito Chamber Orchestra (MCO).

MCO's performances differ from those of large-scale orchestras, as the group aspires to emulate the format of chamber music. That means that all the group's players are involved actively, not passively, in the creation of the music, listening intently to the sound made by each other as they weave a tapestry of sound both elaborate and rich in nuance. The conductor in such a case does not reign over the musicians as an "absolute authority", but participates in the ensemble as a fellow member with the other musicians in the joint quest for the deepest reaches of music.

Jun Maerkl and the MCO have performed seven times together since 2004. No other conductor besides Seiji Ozawa, the group's director general, has appeared jointly with the group so often. The program this time consists of three works.

The first work on the program is '"Blossoming II,'" written by the composer Toshio Hosokawa to represent the flower of a lotus about to blossom in a pond illuminated by moonlight. It will be followed by Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3, featuring Yu Kosuge as piano soloist. She was praised lavishly by Hidekazu Yoshida as a person who would lead the next generation of Japanese pianists. Finally, MCO will perform Schubert's Symphony No. 9, "The Great," approaching it through the new dimension of the chamber orchestra. Ever since the piece's debut performance under the direction of Mendelssohn, it has generally been performed by large orchestras, so Jun Maerkl and the MCO will shine new light on it under the chamber music format.

Jun Märkl, Conductor
Yu Kosuge, Piano

Toshio Hosokawa: Blossoming II (Japan premiere)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37
Schubert: Symphony No.8 in C major, D944 "The Great"


[All seats reserved]S ¥8,000 A ¥6,500 B ¥5,000
July 6 (Sat): Start18:30/Open18:00
July 7 (Sun): Start14:00/Open13:30

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©Jean-Baptiste Millot

Jun Märkl


Born in 1959 in Munich, Maerkl studied conducting under Sergiu Celibidache, Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa, among others. Since debuting with the Wiener Staatsoper in 1993, when he conducted Puccini's "Tosca," Maerkl has guest-conducted other opera performances at the same venue, along with such other famous institutions as the Semperoper Dresden and the Metropolitan Opera, and served as permanent conductor of the Bayerische Staatsoper until 2006. In addition, he has been guest conductor of many prominent orchestras, including the Munich Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich.
From 2005 to 2011, Maerkl was music director of the Orchestre National de Lyon in France, and from 2007 to 2012 served as the primary conductor and music director of the MDR Symphony Orchestra (also known as the Leipzig Radio Symphony).
He made his Japan debut in 1997 in a special performance by the NHK Symphony Orchestra. Since first directing the Mito Chamber Orchestra (MCO) in the 57th Regular Concert in 2004, Maerkl has appeared many times with that ensemble, garnering accolades. In 2012, he was awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture, in recognition of his significant contribution to the arts.

©Marco Borggreve

Yu Kosuge


Born in 1983 in Tokyo, Kosuge is one of the most prominent young pianists today, known for her sophisticated technique, beautiful tone colors, youthful sensibility, and a profound interpretation of the repertoire. Based in Europe, she tours all over the world giving performances, playing at more than 40 venues annually. She has performed under distinguished conductors and with first-rate orchestras, and plays chamber music with virtuosos from around the world, also appearing in many music festivals, most prominently the Salzburg Festival. Kosuge also presented a total of eight recitals in Tokyo and Osaka in which she played the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven. In 2000, Germany's Phono Forum magazine gave five stars to her recording of Chopin's complete etudes. In 2002, she won the 13th Nippon Steel Music Award, as well as the Washington Award grand prize in 2004. In 2006, she took the 8th Hotel Okura Music Prize, and the 17th Idemitsu Music Prize the following year.
At Art Tower Mito (ATM), Kosuge currently serves as a regular member of the chamber group named “New "Davidsbuendler". In the 75th Regular Concert of the Mito Chamber Orchestra (MCO), she played Mendelssohn's Piano Concert No. 1 under the direction of Seiji Ozawa, receiving great acclaim. That performance is available in CD, Blu-Ray and DVD formats.



Mito Chamber Orchestra
87th 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

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