Wuliangye(五粮液) signed Five years £500k sponsorship with Philharmonia Orchestra

Wuliangye(五粮液) group, Chinese top Baijiu (Chinese alcoholic beverage) manufacturer signed five years £500k sponsorship with Philharmonia Orchestra as “Principal International Partner”.

Official announcement from orchestra says its “is the first of its kind, bringing together one of China’s premiere brands with one of the UK’s cultural leaders”.

Orchestra’s current major sponsor includes BB Energy, Citi Bank, Elephant Communications, Krug, McDermott Will & Emery, Meridien Piccadilly and sappi.

Philharmonia Orchestra with Vladimir Ashkenazy is planning China tour at June 2015, at Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre (June 17&18) and Beijing NCPA(20&21).

Source: Philharmonia Orchestra “Wuliangye announced as Philharmonia’s New Principal International Partner “

Philharmonia Orchestra China tour Shanghai Detail (Chinese )

Philharmonia Orchestra China tour Beijing Detail (Chinese)

Seoul Philharmonic to cancel thier US tour in April

Even though there is no official announcement on their official website, according to some media, Seoul Philharmonic seems to cancel their US tour originally planned to be April in seven cities.

“In a written statement to tour venues, the production agency and the SPO said “the cancellation is due to a recent and significant cut in tour funding from the City of Seoul.”

It continued, “The SPO, which is heavily subsidized by the City of Seoul, has failed to secure sufficient financial support from alternative sources”

The Korea Times says.



LFJ2015 English website open and Time table ver1 announced

La Folle Journée, originally from France and came to Tokyo Japan, renew their website to 2015 version and has announced 2015 program(May2-4).

This years artists includes
Bach Collegium Japan (orch)
Ricercar Consort(ensemble)
Sinfonia Varsovia(orch)

Vox Clamantis(chor)

Akane Sakai(pf)
Anne Queffélec(pf)
Boris Berezovsky(pf)

Ekaterina Derzhavina(pf)
Mami Hagiwara(pf)

Yulianna Avdeeva(pf)
Zhu Xiao-Mei(pf)

Augustin Dumay(vn)
Shunske Sato(vn)
Tatsuki Narita(vn)

full list is available here.


LFJ 2015 theme and schedule has announced

Still only available in Japanese, LFJ has announced its 2015 theme and schedule as below,

Theme: Passions

Period: May 2(Sat) – May 4(Mon)

Venue: Tokyo International Forum, Yomiuri Hall and Ohtemachi, Marunouchi, Yurakucho area

Program of paid concert will be announced at Feb 12

For further information go visit Official website.


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Suntory Hall: 35.666632, 139.741428
Tokyo Opera City: 35.682945, 139.686908
Kioi Hall: 35.682028, 139.732575
Tokyo International Forum: 35.676657, 139.764300
The New National Theatre, Tokyo: 35.682443, 139.685880
Toppan Hall: 35.709326, 139.741618
Hakuju Hall: 35.667329, 139.690174
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Suntory Hall, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
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Tokyo Opera City, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
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日本東京都千代田区紀尾井町6−5 紀尾井ホール
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Quick over view

Tokyo is a city so called capital of classical music in far east, every major orchestra/musicians have been to Japan for touring.

Suntory hall and TOC(Tokyo Opera City) is the most popular concert hall for orchestra or piano, Kioi Hall and Toppan Hall is famous for pretty small ensemble or solo performance.

For festival, La Folle Journée au Japon (every May) and Spring Festival in Tokyo (Every March) will be most characteristic and well known.

Besides, local orchestras has great quality yet they are not well known outside Japan.


How can I buy concert ticket in Japan?

If you able to read Japanese, purchase from e-plus or Ticket Pia is quick and convenient way but if you feel too tough, here is the tips. Analog, but its easy and safe.
* Credit card issued not in Japan is normally not accepted at these ticket agency
*Ticket is normally divided in 3-5 category(S-D), S is most expensive.

1) Purchase from Orchestra
If you willing to see Japanese orchestra,  contacting each orchesrtra’s ticket office is the best way since normally they are organizing the concert and issuing tickets by themselves, so they probably have best choice for seating. They normally accepts phone and email for ticket purchase.

As you may know sometimes English acceptance here is not perfect, I suggest you to write them via email to avoid any misunderstandings. Normally they will ask you to pick up ticket at the venue 3omin prior to the concert begins. Paying by JPY cash is safest, if you prefer to pay by credit card, ask them first with showing which card brand you would like to.

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2)Purchase from Promoter
If you have specific concert of inbound non-Japanese musician in your mind, best way is contacts promoter directly(First you should check who is inviting your artist in mind). They will tell you how to.

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3) Purchase from Venue
You can just go to the venue and ask for tickets at the ticket box but not recommended since its priory of ticketing is not top(Organizer is top priority), you may feel hard to communicate with English to the person at ticket box. However, if you would like to choose from various option or have question, you can just walk in, they may work hard for you.

Or if you find attracting concert at hall’s website, you can write to them and ask how to buy.

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■ Major Concert hall

  • Suntory Hall
  • Tokyo Opera City(TOC)
  • Kioi Hall

■ Music Festival

  • La Folle Journee au Japon
  • Spring Festival in Tokyo
  • Suntory Summer Festival


■ Major Concert hall

  • Minato Mirai Concert Hall


■ Major Concert hall

  • Kitara Sapporo


■ Major Concert hall

  • The Symphony Hall
  • Festival Hall
  • Phoenix Hall


■ Major Concert hall

  • ACROS Fukuoka(Fukuoka Symphony Hall)
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