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

Mito Chamber Orchestra
The 88th Regular Concert

October 5 (Sat.), 2013, to October 6 (Sun.), 2013


Radek Baborak
Andrej Zust

Described by some as the "hero" of horn players , Radek Baborak scales new heights as he takes the baton to lead the MCO.

With a reputation as one of the most brilliant horn players of our era, Radek Baborak, who has taken the world by storm, finally makes his appearance with Mito Chamber Orchestra (MCO) as conductor, having performed with the group previously as soloist. His natural sense of stability and composure, combined with his elegance, class, and unparalleled technique, remind people exactly what a beautiful performance can and should be. No one can be described as a genius if not Baborak!

During the MCO's 3rd European Tour of 2008, Baborak captivated audiences with his flawless performances as horn soloist. Not only that: wild applause was heard after he brilliantly led the ensemble after unexpectedly having to take over as conductor in place of Seiji Ozawa, who had suddenly fell ill, when it performed "Tsukiyo no Hasu (Moonlight Lotus)" by the Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa. Even Hidekazu Yoshida, the first director-general of Art Tower Mito (ATM), was impressed with his true value as an artist at that time - both as a performer and conductor - which will now be revealed on stage at ATM.

MCO's 88th Regular Concert opens with the "Overture in C major" by Anton Reicha (1770-1836), a composer who was born and lived until age ten in Prague (then in Bohemia), in Baborak's homeland. The next piece in the program is the Concerto for Two Horns in E-flat Major, Hob. VIId/6, attributed by some to the Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). It features the genius horn player Andrej Zust of Slovenia, who belongs to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO), and who plays together with Baborak as soloist. Please enjoy the consummate skill of these two great artists as they engage in a free "dialogue of sound."

The second half of the program features the "Divertimento" suite by the French composer Jacques Ibert (1890-1962). It is a work full of humor and wit, composed as if it were a box full of toys that had been turned upside-down. The last piece to be performed is Symphony No. 101 in D major (Hob.I-101), "The Clock," written by the mature Haydn in his later years.

Everyone who listens to the concert will surely experience a moment of bliss, finding it hard to suppress a smile, when Baborak, as conductor, collaborates with the skilled musicians of the MCO - with whom he has formed strong bonds of congenial trust - in playing these historic masterpieces wholeheartedly and sympathetically. That's right: his horn playing has the power to make people happy.

Radek Baborak, Conductor&Horn
Andrej Zust, Horn

Reicha: Overture in C major, op.24
Haydn: Concerto for two horns in E flat major
Ibert: Divertissement
Haydn: Symphony No.101 in D major, Hob.I-101 "The Clock"


[All seats reserved]S ¥6,000 A ¥5,000 B ¥4,000
October 5 (Sat): Start18:30/Open18:00
October 6 (Sun): Start14:00/Open13:30

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Radek Baborak


Born in the Czech Republic in 1976, Baborak began learning the French horn at age 8. Starting in 1989, he pursued studies at the Prague Conservatory under the tutelage of Bedrich Tylsar (b. 1939), a Czech horn player. In 1994, he won 1st Prize at the ARD Munich Competition, renowned for its difficulty, where he commanded the world's attention for his beautiful, soft timbre, being described by some as the "horn boy wonder." Since then, he has actively pursued performance activities worldwide, primarily in Europe and the United States. He has earned the deep confidence of such top-class conductors as Seiji Ozawa and the Israeli Daniel Barenboim (b. 1942 in Argentina), and has performed with countless top-flight orchestras, not the least of which is the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO).

Baborak's repertoire spans a broad range, from Baroque to contemporary music, and his distinguished technique and rich musicality have won high plaudits. To date, he has served as soloist with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO), the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO). He is also a member of the Mito Chamber Orchestra. The instrument he currently uses is an Alexander 103 French Horn, made in France. Also, since 2010, he has led the Czech Sinfonietta, an ensemble that he himself founded, and has released two CDs on the Octavia Records label.

Andrej Zust


Born in Slovenia in 1984, Zust first studied the French horn at the Ljubljana Music Academy under the Slovenian Bostjan Lipovsek (b. 1974), also receiving instruction from such prominent horn players as the German Hermann Baumann (b. 1934) and the Croatian Radovan Vlatkovic (b. 1962), among others. After placing in many competitions both domestically and abroad, he joined the Slovenia Philharmonic Orchestra in 2004 as principal performer. He has also served as member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, an international youth orchestra, and the Pacific Music Festival (PMF) Orchestra, of Sapporo, Japan, along with energetically performing as a chamber musician. After graduating from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) Orchestra Academy, he joined the BPO in 2011.



Mito Chamber Orchestra
The 88th 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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