25th Anniversary Pacific Music Festival 2014

PMF will hold its 25th anniversary music festival this year, a quarter century since its first implementation in 1990. PMF Academy members to this point - cumulatively over 3000, from 70 countries and regions - are now active all over the world as members of renowned orchestras, as chamber musicians, and as soloists. The content presented in this 25th implementation of PMF will be rich and highly varied, as is only appropriate in such a memorial year.

Main Artists

Yutaka Sado © Takashi Iijima

Yutaka Sado

The maestro who conducted in the first PMF alongside Bernstein will return to PMF once again!
PMF Orchestra (Program C), conducting Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, and more.

John Nelson © Marco Borgrreve

John Nelson

PMF Orchestra (Program B), conducting Sibelius' Symphony No. 2, and more.

Osmo Vänskä © Greg Helgeson

Osmo Vänskä

Hailing from Finland, the highly talented former Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra will conduct the PMF Orchestra (Program S) in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, and more.

Domingo Hindoyan © Tom Fecht

Domingo Hindoyan

This PMF graduate from Venezuela, a rising and enthusiastic young conductor, will conduct the PMF Orchestra (Program A) in Schumann's Symphony No. 2, and more.

Ryusuke Numajiri

Ryusuke Numajiri

This Maestro, active in Japan and abroad and currently Music Director of Germany's prestigious Theater Lübeck, will conduct the PMF Stage Opera "Ariadne auf Naxos."

Gaetano d'Espinosa

Gaetano d'Espinosa

Four years after participating in PMF with Fabio Luisi, this brilliant young conductor - appearing these days with more and more orchestras, including the NHK Symphony Orchestra - will conduct the PMF Special Concert II.


Behzod Abduraimov © Ben Ealovega and Decca

piano Behzod Abduraimov

"Piano Concerto No. 1"

A 23-year-old prodigy from Uzbekistan with overwhelming technique and musicality.

Sergey Antonov © Susan Wilson

cello Sergey Antonov

"Variations on a Rococo Theme"

A 30-year-old from Russia. First-Prize Winner in the Cello Category of the 13th International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Sergei Nakariakov © Thierry Cohen

trumpet & flugelhorn Sergei Nakariakov

"Horn Concerto No. 4"

Considered the Paganini of the trumpet world, active as one of the world's best trumpet soloists.

Berlin Philharmonic Brass Ensemble

Berlin Philharmonic Brass Ensemble

An extravagant beginning to PMF 2014, this Pre-Concert features an ensemble comprised of some of the world's leading orchestral performers presenting pure perfection.


Placement of a Bernstein statue

Leonard Bernstein

A statue of PMF-founder Leonard Bernstein is being produced, honoring his achievements. It will be placed in Nakajima Park, near the PMF-affiliated Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara. The unveiling ceremony is planned for Saturday, July 12.

PMF 25th Anniversary Logo

PMF 25th Anniversary Logo

Marking PMF's 25th anniversary, a logo has been designed. Combining founder Leonard Bernstein in profile, gently smiling as he conducts - an image taken from the first PMF - with the number 25, its design communicates something of the joy of music. This PMF official logo, in blue and elegant gold, commemorates this quarter-century anniversary season.

PMF Stage Opera in Kitara,
"Ariadne auf Naxos"

R. Strauss

A work by R. Strauss, for whom 2014 represents the 150th anniversary of his birth. Enjoy this simultaneously tragic and comic story with surprising twists!

PMF Special Concert I
~Bernstein Memorial~

Leonard Bernstein

A look back on Bernstein's life, with large-screen imagery, featuring content with connections to him: pieces that he composed, symphonic music from Mahler (whose music Bernstein specialized in), and much more.

Schumann's Symphony No. 2
- once again!

conducted by Bernstein at the 1st PMF

The only piece conducted by Bernstein at the 1st PMF will be performed once again, a quarter century on, by Guest Conductor Domingo Hindoyan and the PMF Orchestra.

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We sincerely hope that you will attend!

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