Earthly paradise, a romantic idyll, true love: this is the beginning of the programme. From Wagners symphonic birthday present for his wife to the sorrow and homesickness of Takemitsu, in his typically strange style uniting Japanese tradition and western innovation.

With Vaughan Williams’ lark, dark clouds threaten and the mood becomes gloomy. Yoshimatsu mourns the nearly extinct toki or Japanese crested ibis, and Richard Strauss ends with the death of an artist.


Richard Wagner • Siegfried Idylle
Toru Takemitsu • Nostalghia
Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Lark Ascending
Takashi Yoshimatsu • Threnody to Toki, for string orchestra & piano, op. 12
Richard Strauss • Tod und Verklärung, op. 24



Jun Märkl


Jun Märkl is a highly-respected interpreter of both symphonic and operatic Germanic repertoire, and appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras, among others the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo and the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich.

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Akiko Suwanai, violin


Praised by The Times for her ​“noble playing, with its rhythmic life, taut and rigorous,” Japanese violinist Akiko Suwanai was the youngest ever winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1990. Since then she has enjoyed a flourishing international career and appears regularly with celebrated maestros and foremost orchestras across the globe.

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