PMF 2022

July 16 – August 2
Highlights

Schedule Highlights

PMF 2022
July 16 – August 2 Highlights

Schedule Highlights ※Details subject to change.

July

13 (Wed) PMF Open Masterclass I Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara Small Hall
14 (Thu) PMF Open Masterclass II Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara Small Hall
15 (Fri) PMF VIENNA Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara Small Hall
16 (Sat) PMF 2022 Opening Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
17 (Sun) PMF Orchestra Concert in Tomakomai Tomakomai Shimin Kaikan
18 (Mon) PMF Classical LAB♪
~Musical Journeys: Germany~
Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara Small Hall
18 (Mon) PMF BERLIN Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara Small Hall
19 (Tue) PMF Link Up Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
19 (Tue) PMF Ensemble Selection Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
20 (Wed) PMF Ensemble Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara Small Hall
21 (Thu) PMF Ensemble Concert in Kiyota Sapporo Ward Community Center
21 (Thu) PMF Ensemble Concert in Ebetsu Ebetsu Shimin Bunka Hall (Epoa Hall)
22 (Fri) The 489th Citizen's Lobby Concert Sapporo City Hall 1F Lobby
22 (Fri) PMF Host City Orchestra Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
23 (Sat) PMF Ensemble Concert in Naie Naiecho Bunka Hall"Concerto Hall"
23 (Sat) PMF Open Masterclass III Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara Small Hall
24 (Sun) PMF Ensemble Concert
~The 19th Chiiki Fureai Concert~
Sapporo Naebo Honncho Local Center
24 (Sun) PMF Clock Tower Concert Sapporo Clock Tower Hall
25 (Mon) PMF Ensemble Concert in Hakodate Hakodate Performing Arts Center
(Harmony Goryokaku)
27 (Wed) PMF Open Masterclass IV Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara Small Hall
28 (Thu) PMF Ensemble Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara Small Hall
29 (Fri) PMF AMERICA Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara Small Hall
30 (Sat) Picnic Concert Sapporo Art Park Outdoor Stage
31 (Sun) PMF GALA Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara

August

2(Tue) PMF Orchestra Concert in Tokyo Suntory Hall
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An international PMF Orchestra
– the first in 3 years

PMF 2022
July 16 – August 2 Highlights

An international PMF Orchestra
– the first in 3 years

For the first time since 2019, PMF will finally feature an international PMF Orchestra, with 52 Academy members (selected from among 973 auditions from 56 countries and regions), and including PMF alumni and professional musicians from Japanese orchestras. The PMF faculty joins the orchestra to guide and perform alongside them, creating powerfully expressive once-in-a-lifetime experiences for the Academy, and for audiences alike.

This summer, these musicians will perform 5 orchestra concerts in 2 orchestra programs (Program A and Program B), in addition to a variety of chamber ensemble concerts at various venues throughout the festival. Experience anew the harmony these young musicians create, transcending barriers of nationality, language, religion, and culture, as the PMF Orchestra.

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Ken-David Masur makes
his first appearance at PMF

PMF 2022
July 16 – August 2 Highlights

Ken-David Masur makes his first appearance at PMF

PMF Orchestra [Program A]

Date

July 16 (Sat) Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
July 17 (Sun) Tomakomai Shimin Kaikan

Program

Bernstein: Candide Overture

Beethoven: Concerto for piano, violin, and cello in C major, Op. 56*

Valentin Silvestrov: Hymn - 2001 [Japanese Premiere (July 16)]

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 in D major Op. 107 "Reformation"

Ken-David Masur makes his first appearance at PMF.
Son of conductor and humanist Kurt Masur, universally renowned for his words and deeds, Ken-David Masur was born in Leipzig. He currently serves as Principal Conductor of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and Music Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. While conducting distinguished orchestras in Europe and the US, Masur is also actively involved in music education and working with the next generation of young artists, leading orchestras and masterclasses at top universities and conservatories around the globe. His choice of Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5 "Reformation" as the main piece for his performance with the PMF Orchestra is sure to prove a powerful one, with the guidance of PMF EUROPE faculty coming together with the youthful energy of the PMF Orchestra through his deeply refined conducting.

The program also features Beethoven’s majestic Triple Concerto for violin, cello, and  piano, with three impressive young up-and-coming Japanese soloists: pianist Tomoki Kitamura, prizewinner of international competitions such as the Sydney, Leeds, and Beethoven Competition in Bonn, violinist Mayumi Kanagawa, prizewinner at the Tchaikovsky and Long-Thibaud Crespin competitions, and cellist Michiaki Ueno, who most recently won first prize at the Geneva International Music Competition in 2021 will come together to create a truly special event!

As always, the festival opens with Bernstein’s Candide overture!

Ken-David Masur
Ken-David Masur ©Adam DeTour
Mayumi Kanagawa
Mayumi Kanagawa ©Kaupo Kikkas
Michiaki Ueno
Michiaki Ueno
Tomoki Kitamura
Tomoki Kitamura ©TAKA MAYUMI
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A stellar collaboration

PMF 2022
July 16 – August 2 Highlights

A stellar collaboration

PMF Orchestra [Program B]

Date

July 30 (Sat) Picnic Concert
(Sapporo Art Park Outdoor Stage)
July 31 (Sun) PMF GALA Concert
(Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara)
August 2 (Tue) PMF Orchestra Concert in Tokyo
(Suntory Hall)

Program

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26*

Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 and more

In the festival’s second half, Lahav Shani will make his first appearance at PMF, as Principal Conductor. Born in Tel Aviv, Shani debuted with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra as conductor and solo pianist in 2016, and subsequently was appointed Chief Conductor of the orchestra in the same year. In 2020, he became Music Director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, succeeding Zubin Mehta, who had held the position for 50 years. He made global headlines when he stepped in at the last minute to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve concert in place of Kiril Petrenko.

Shani’s program at PMF will center on Brahms’s pastoral Symphony No. 2, and will feature pianist Makoto Ozone in Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Ozone, with his rare gift for leaping effortlessly between genres, has performed with Shani and European orchestras such as the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France; the synergy they will bring into collaboration with the PMF Orchestra is sure to be thrilling!

Lahav Shani
Lahav Shani ©Marco Borggreve
Makoto Ozone
Makoto Ozone ©Kazuyoshi Shimomura
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Passing the joy of music
on to future generations

PMF 2022
July 16 – August 2 Highlights

Passing the joy of music on to future generations

PMF Classical LAB♪
~Musical Journeys: Germany~

Date

July 18 (Mon) (Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara Small Hall)

Artists

Arisa Iida, navigator / MC

piaNA, (piano duo)

Program

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Arisa Iida

PMF Link Up Concert

Date

July 19 (Tue) Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara

Artists

Nearly 580 sixth graders from 9 Sapporo City elementary schools

Ken-David Masur, conductor

Kanae Kushima, MC / soprano

Sayaka Anazawa, soprano

Atsushi Okamoto, baritone

PMF Orchestra

Program

T. Cabaniss: Come to Play

Brahms (arr. Schmeling): Hungarian Dance No. 5

J. Strauss II: Blue Danube, Op. 314

Bizet: 'Toreador' from "Carmen"

Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite (1919)
Introduction, Infernal dance of King Kashchei, Finale

T. Okano: Furusato ("Home Country")

Filho: Cidade Maravilhosa

One of the most important missions of the international educational Pacific Music Festival is passing the joy and wonder of music on to future generations. PMF presents music outreach programs during the festival every year, with an eye toward festival-founder Leonard Bernstein, who championed music outreach so passionately. The PMF Classical Lab♪ presents a program exploring the Germanic tradition of classical music and its multifaceted charms, led by MC Arisa Iida and featuring piano duo “piaNA.” Since 2013, PMF has been presenting the PMF Link Up Concert, an adaptation of the Link Up program developed by the Weil Music Institute of New York’s Carnegie Hall. This program offers sixth-graders in Sapporo the invaluable opportunity to listen to music they have studied in advance performed live by the PMF Orchestra, and even to perform along with the orchestra.

PMF Orchestra
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The Sapporo Symphony Orchestra
and PMF artists, resonating in harmony

PMF 2022
July 16 – August 2 Highlights

The Sapporo Symphony Orchestra
and PMF artists, resonating in harmony

PMF Host City Orchestra Concert

Date

July 22 (Fri) Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara

Program

Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a
(St. Antoni Chorale Variations)

Mozart: Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra in B-flat major, K. 191*

Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in d minor, Op. 120 (1841 First Edition)

PMF Guest Conductor Ken-David Masur conducts the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra (PMF Host City Orchestra), and Rainer Küchl, of Wiener Philharmoniker fame, serves as guest concertmaster for the PMF Host City Orchestra Concert, with both young conductor and veteran concertmaster serving in these roles with this orchestra for the first time – not to be missed!

Ken-David Masur
Ken-David Masur ©Adam DeTour
Daniel Matsukawa
Daniel Matsukawa
Sapporo Symphony Orchestra (PMF Host City Orchestra)
Sapporo Symphony Orchestra (PMF Host City Orchestra) ©Yasuo Fujii
Rainer Küchl
Rainer Küchl ©Winnie Küchl
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A summer day outdoors, immersed in music
PMF Picnic Concert

PMF 2022
2021.7.16 - 8.2 Highlights

A summer day outdoors, immersed in music

PMF Picnic Concert

Program

Tchaikovsky: selections from Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a and more

Program

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26*
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73  and more

The Picnic Concert is a distinctly PMF experience, offering a day of music outdoors in a relaxed summertime environment.
In addition to more formal performances in concert halls, outdoor concerts were also foundational to the festival from the very beginning. PMF has presented outdoor concerts every year since the first festival in 1990, offering music to a wide audience in casual settings.
In addition to enjoying the finest music in beautiful natural surroundings, food and drink are available in designated areas, and listeners can even explore the vast Sapporo Art Park.

In Part I of the concert, the “PMF Special Trio,” made up of young jazz musicians Yoko Suzuki, Shutaro Matsui, and Kurena Ishikawa (from a project produced by Makoto Ozone at Blue Note Tokyo) will perform “borderless music” with both classical and jazz themes, and PMF faculty member Daniel Matsukawa will conduct the HBC Junior Orchestra. This year, in addition to the outdoor concert, events will also take place in the Art Hall area, including the hands-on musical instrument project TOUCH & TRY, presented by Yamaha Music Japan, a main sponsor of PMF.

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The Joy of Chamber Music
PMF 2022 Chamber Music Concerts

PMF 2022
2022.7.16 - 8.2 Highlights

The Joy of Chamber Music

PMF 2022 Chamber Music Concerts

Performed at various venues in Sapporo and Greater Hokkaido, PMF chamber music concerts present a broad range of ensemble repertoire performed by Academy, faculty, and more. The repertoire includes well-known classical masterpieces for various mixed ensembles by Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms, as well as pieces composed in the modern era, for strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Select concerts involve PMF Orchestra members (Academy and faculty) performing alongside local student wind ensembles, reflecting the festival’s mission to reach out to the younger generation of musicians.
Enjoy music up close in an intimate atmosphere - an experience entirely different from the orchestra!

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