PMF 2021

July 23 - August 1
Highlights

Schedule Highlights

PMF2021
July 23 - August 1 Highlights

Schedule Highlights ※Details subject to change.

July

21 (Wed) PMF Ensemble Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara Small Hall
22 (Thu) PMF Classical Lab♪ Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
22 (Thu) PMF Open Masterclass I Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara Small Hall
23 (Fri) PMF Ensemble Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara Small Hall
23 (Fri) PMF 2021 Opening Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
24 (Sat) PMF Ensemble Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara Small Hall
24 (Sat) PMF Open Masterclass II Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara Small Hall
24 (Sat) PMF Orchestra JAPAN Concert in Tomakomai Tomakomai Shimin Kaikan
25 (Sun) PMF Host City Orchestra Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
25 (Sun) PMF Open Masterclass III Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara Small Hall
25 (Sun) PMF Hoheikan Concert Hoheikan in Nakajima Park
26 (Mon) PMF Ensemble Concert in Hakodate Hakodate Performing Arts Center
26 (Mon) Yuko Mifune Piano Recital Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
27 (Tue) Sunao Goko Violin Recital Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
27 (Tue) PMF Ensemble Concert in Naie Naiecho Bunka Hall
27 (Tue) PMF Ensemble Concert in Kiyota Sapporo Ward Community Center
28 (Wed) Fumiaki Miura Violin Recital Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
29 (Thu) PMF Sapporo Sosei Square Concert Sapporo Sosei Square
29 (Thu) PMF Clock Tower Concert Sapporo Clock Tower Hall
30 (Fri) PMF Ensemble Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara Small Hall
31 (Sat) Picnic Concert Sapporo Art Park Outdoor Stage

August

1(Sun) PMF GALA Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
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PMF Orchestra JAPAN

PMF2021
July 23 - August 1 Highlights

PMF Orchestra JAPAN

For the first time in the festival's history, PMF 2021 will feature the "PMF Orchestra JAPAN," with players including members of last year's Academy who currently reside in Japan, PMF alumni and principal players currently active in Japanese orchestras, and university music students, providing to young musicians the invaluable experience of playing alongside professionals. In addition to 2 orchestra programs, these musicians will perform chamber concerts in various locations in Sapporo and greater Hokkaido.

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American Landscapes ©Shin Yamagishi

PMF2021
July 23 - August 1 Highlights

©Shin Yamagishi

American Landscapes

PMF Orchestra JAPAN [Program A]

Date

July 23 (Fri) Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
July 24 (Sat) Tomakomai Shimin Kaikan

Program

Bernstein: Candide overture

Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F

Copland: Rodeo - 4 Dance Episodes

Gershwin (arr. Bennett): Porgy and Bess - A Symphonic Picture

Program A will feature an all-American program led by Keitaro Harada, a PMF Conducting Academy alumnus whose growing international presence throughout North America, Asia, and Europe has brought wide acclaim. Pianist Yuko Mifune, raised and trained in the USA and known for her beautiful tone and dynamic virtuosity will perform Gershwin's jazz-infused Piano Concerto in F! Sensational young violinist Sunao Goko, who performed the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the PMF Orchestra and Marin Alsop in 2019, will serve as concertmaster.

This program also includes Gershwin's Porgy and Bess - A Symphonic Picture. In 2019, the opera Porgy and Bess was performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York for the first time in 30 years, to great acclaim. This suite, arranged by Gershwin's close collaborator Robert Russell Bennett, captures the essence of this fascinating and multifaceted work in orchestral form.

Keitaro Harada
Keitaro Harada ©Shin Yamagishi
Yuko Mifune
Yuko Mifune ©Akira Muto
Sunao Goko
Sunao Goko ©Hisao Suzuki
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The allure of old Russia ©Felix Broede

PMF2021
July 23 - August 1 Highlights

©Felix Broede

The allure of old Russia

PMF Orchestra JAPAN [Program B]

Date

July 31 (Sat) Picnic Concert
(Sapporo Art Park, Outdoor Stage)
August 1 (Sun) PMF GALA Concert
(Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara)

Program

Y. Akutagawa: Triptyque for string orchestra

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2 in g minor, Op. 63

Stravinsky: Petrushka (1947 version)

Program B will include works by Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and Yasushi Akutagawa led by Nodoka Okisawa, winner of the international conducting competition in Besançon in 2019 and rising star on the international stage. Internationally renowned soloist Fumiaki Miura, youngest winner of the Joseph Joachim Hannover International Violin Competition in 2009 and frequent guest of prestigious orchestras and music festivals around the world, will perform Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2, one of the great masterpieces of the 20th century.

The concert opens with Akutagawa's Triptyque for strings. Akutagawa's inclination toward Soviet music and composers was apparently compelling; he went so far as to sneak into the Soviet Union, with which his native Japan had no diplomatic relations, somehow managing to befriend composers including even Khachaturian and Shostakovich. Triptyque was written a year prior to these travels, and its strongly Russian aesthetic can be seen as an expression of the power Russian music held over him in that period.

The concert concludes with Stravinsky's beloved Petrushka (1947 version), colorfully depicting a story of 3 puppets during an 1830 fair in St. Petersburg.

Nodoka Okisawa
Nodoka Okisawa ©Felix Broede
Fumiaki Miura
Fumiaki Miura ©Yuji Hori
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PMF Digital Contents

PMF2021
July 23 - August 1 Highlights

PMF Digital Contents

This year, a significant portion of PMF's educational curriculum will take place online. PMF faculty members from around the world will teach masterclasses remotely for members of the 2020 Academy who live outside Japan, and these sessions, which will conclude with performances, will be made available online.

Outreach programs will include in-person open masterclasses for Hokkaido-university music students, taught by members of the PMF Orchestra JAPAN, including alumni who are principal players of orchestras throughout Japan.

Masterclasses
Masterclasses
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Returning after 29 years

PMF2021
July 23 - August 1 Highlights

Returning after 29 years

Eiji Oue and the PMF Host City Orchestra

Date

July 25 (Sun) Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara

Program

Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61, and more

Eiji Oue returns to PMF for the first time in 29 years, after assisting festival founder Leonard Bernstein at the first PMF in 1990 and going on to make multiple appearances at the festival during its early period. This year he will conduct the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra in Schumann's Symphony No. 2, which Bernstein conducted with the PMF Orchestra. With 11 PMF alumni active as members of the SSO, the Host City Orchestra Concert reflects the history of the festival itself, and the sound of this beloved orchestra is not to be missed!

Eiji Oue
Eiji Oue ©Takashi Iijima
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