PMF Founded by Leonard BernsteinPMF MUSIC PARTNER January2016 vol. 15

The inspirational, symphonic world created by PMF - Three programs performed by the PMF Orchestra -

Marking the 27th festival since its foundation in 1990, we are pleased to announce that PMF 2016 will be welcoming Valery Gergiev as Artistic Director and John Axelrod as Principal Conductor. We would like to notify you of the programs that will be performed by the PMF Orchestra, which will be a major part of the festival.
Leonard Bernstein was a champion of Mahler's music and played and recorded his pieces with the New York Philharmonic from the 1960s onwards. Program A features Mahler's 4th Symphony conducted by John Axelrod, who learned conducting under Bernstein. Program B highlights a unique collection of overtures and Brahms' profound 4th Symphony, both of which will delight audiences.
Program C, which sees Valery Gergiev involved as Artistic Director for the second season, features a contrast between the “Italian,” the most popular of Mendelssohn's Symphonies and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 8, which will be performed by the PMF Orchestra for the first time at PMF 2016.
These programs offer an unmissable opportunity to watch these conductors at work and enjoy the unique excitement of watching young musicians develop their talents together, as well as the inspirational symphonic world created by the PMF Orchestra.

The inspirational, symphonic world created by PMF - Three programs performed by the PMF Orchestra -

Program A Wagner:The Flying Dutchman Overture/Debussy: La Mer/Mahler:Symphony No. 4 in G major Program B Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3 Op. 72b/Mendelssohn:Meeresstille und gl?ckliche Fahrt Op. 27/Mussorgsky:Night on Bald Mountain (original version)/Brahms:Symphony No. 4 in e minor Op. 98 Principal Conductor John Axelrod copyright Stefano Botessi

Program C Mendelssohn:Symphony No. 4 in A major Op. 90 Italian/Shostakovich:Symphony No. 8 in c minor Op. 65 Artistic Director Valery Gergiev copyright Alexander Shapunov


Information on tickets for PMF 2016

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The earliest and most convenient way to purchase tickets is to utilize advance reservation services as a member of PMF Friends.

Annual membership fee: 3,000 yen (tax included)
Membership period: April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017
Application period: February 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016

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Advance reservation/discounted tickets Three weeks earlier than the regular ticket release date (Sunday, May 1)! 【Advance reservation for the PMF supporters】From 10:00 on April 10 (Sun) By Phone/Online From 9:00 on April 11 (Mon)  At the PMF Office Individual Tickets Individual tickets for PMF 2016 concerts 10% discount By Phone/Online/At the PMF Office ◎You can get tickets for any performance and seat type at a 10%  discount (without any limitation).. ※You can save even more with PMF Friends Premium Ticket Coupons.. Ticket Sets PMF Friends − My Seat (up to 100 seats) 14% to 22% discount By Phone/At the PMF Office ◎My seat allows buyers to enjoy three concerts including two PMF Orchestra Concerts and the PMF GALA Concert in the same seat. ◆My Seat S (up to 70 seats) Fixed price: 18,000 yen → Special price: 15,000 yen (tax included) ◆My Seat A (up to 30 seats) Fixed price: 14,000 yen → Special price: 12,000 yen (tax included) ※You can save even more with PMF Friends Premium Ticket Coupons. PMF Orchestra Tour S Seat Set (only for the performance in Tokyo) 17% to 24% discount By Phone/At the PMF Office ◎You can save with the purchase of two or more S Seat tickets (without any limitation). ◆Performances in Tokyo (S seats) Fixed price: 9,000 yen → 7,500 yen per ticket with the purchase of two or more tickets ※You can save even more with PMF Friends Premium Ticket Coupons. 【Exclusive to members】PMF Friends Premium Ticket Coupon A single set (1,000 yen × 11 coupons=11,000 yen) can be purchased for 10,000 yen. You can use this 10,000-yen coupon pack as cash vouchers worth 11,000 yen. From 10:00 on April 9 (Sat) Exclusive to Friends members who donate 10 or more units (10,000 yen or more) to PMF 2016 Official Support【individual tickets/ticket sets】By Phone/No mailing costs required From 10:00 on April 10 (Sun.) By Phone/Online PMF 2016 Friends Members Advance reservation of tickets 【individual tickets/ticket sets】 From 9:00 on April 11 (Mon.) At the PMF Office PMF 2016 Friends Members Ticket sales at the Window 【individual tickets/ticket sets】 From 10:00 on April 24 (Sun.) Online PMF Online Service Advance sales 【individual tickets only】 From 10:00 on May 1 (Sun) Regular ticket sales (at ticket agencies)
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World Voice vol.5 comments from PMF alumni presently on the world stage

Over 3,200 young musicians from 74 countries and regions of the world have attended PMF. This is an opportunity for PMF alumni to share their thoughts on the festival's past, present and future.

Tomoko Tanaka
(PMF 1995, 96, 97;PMF 1999-PMF International Orchestra)
second violinist
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Tomoko Tanaka
Past What was your impression of PMF when you passed the audition and attended the event as an Academy member, and what do you remember the most about your time at PMF?
It was a dream-like music festival, where I could learn a lot of things from great conductors, such as Michael Tilson Thomas and Christoph Eschenbach, as well as from principal players of the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Berliner Philharmoniker.
I was deeply impressed by the enthusiastic audience, who earnestly listened to our performances even when it was unfortunately raining on the day when the outdoor concert was held.
present A quarter-century after the founding of PMF in 1990, there are over 3,200 alumni worldwide. What impact does PMF have on your current musical life?
I could gain valuable experience living for more than a month under the same roof with players from various countries to create music together. Players from different countries took different approaches to music, which was very insightful for me.
I had the pleasure of participating in PMF three times from 1995 to 1997. The experience I had in the PMF Orchestra made me want to have opportunities to perform in orchestras with players from various countries. I joined the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and I was overwhelmed with emotion when I could join the PMF International Orchestra (consisting of the alumni that participated in the tenth anniversary music festival in 1999). I really feel proud when players from all over the world say the PMF is such a nice place to play. I strongly believe that this is the result of the concerted efforts made by the PMF Organizing Committee that hosts and manages the music festival and the hard-working volunteers in the community.
Future PMF will continue to foster young musicians and offer the inspirational power of music to a broad, global audience, inheriting founder Leonard Bernstein's vision, contributing to the classical music culture of the world, and thereby to world peace. What kind of festival would you like to see it become?
PMF, which people in Hokkaido have earnestly supported, is showing its significance by producing a lot of professionals. I would like to extend my best wishes for the PMF's continuing success.

Tomoko Tanaka
Tomoko Tanaka, who is from Kumamoto Prefecture, started playing the violin at the age of four and won the highest award in the student music competition hosted by the Kumamoto Nichinichi Shimbun at the age of seven. She has also been awarded the Western Japan Rising Star Music Award, as well as winning the first prize in the New World Symphony Competition in America, which gave her the opportunity to perform with the Symphony.
After graduating from the Faculty of Music, Aichi University of the Arts, she went on to the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and its graduate school. She played as an associate concertmaster in the New World Symphony, where Michael Tilson Thomas acts as a music director. She participated as a member of the PMF Academy for three years starting in 1995 and acted as a concertmaster in the PMF Orchestra in PMF 1997.
She also gave solo recitals and chamber music concerts in Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, America and Italy.
Currently, she is a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
In Hong Kong, she produced a charity concert for the families of victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake. She has also participated in charitable activities for the disabled, such as charity concerts.
She has studied violin under Masuko Ushioda, Koichiro Harada, Yoshitake Shindo, Marylou Speaker Churchill and Pinchas Zukerman.

Leisure time
I love walking and hiking with my pet dog Kenta (a Chow Chow).

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