Iceland Symphony Orchestra head for debut 12 date tour to Japan with conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy to some of the most important venues in Japan. Piano soloist Nobu performs for the entirety of the tour. The programme includes works by Icelandic and Finnish composers alongside those of Rachmaninov and Chopin.
The tour begins on 3 November at Kawasaki’s Symphony Hall where pianist Nobu joins the Orchestra for Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2. Sigurbjörnsson’s Glacier Nocturne and Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.2 complete the programme. From here they head to Hamamatsu’s Act City Concert Hall where Nobu performs Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.2 either side of Sibelius’ Karelia Suite and Symphony No.2. In Sapporo, the Sigurbjörnsson and Rachmaninov programme returns on 6 November, and is also performed at Hiroshima (9 November), Fukuoka’s Symphony Hall (10 November), Osaka’s Festival Hall (11 November), Okayama Symphony Hall (14 November), and Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (16 November). The Sibelius and Chopin combination is performed at Tokyo City Opera (8 November), Nagoya NTK Forest Hall (13 November), and Muse Tokorozawa (17 November). The tour is brought to a close at Nagaoka with the same programme on 18 November.