PMF Founded by Leonard BernsteinPMF MUSIC PARTNER February2016 vol. 16

An experience to treasure for a lifetime〜PMF 2016 Posters〜

Official posters for PMF 2016, the festival's 27th implementation, have now arrived! The design expresses something of the dynamism that results when Artistic Director Valery Gergiev conducts the PMF Orchestra. This design will appear in various forms throughout the season. The brilliant sounds that are only possible when such talented young musicians come together from all over the world will surely be an experience to treasure for a lifetime.

PMF 2016 Posters

The first edition of the PMF 2016 Concert Schedule has also been released, full of information on this summer's concerts. PMF 2016 Concert Schedules will be sent to members of PMF Friends.

PMF 2016 Concert Schedule
PMF 2016 Official Poster / Concert Schedule

PMF 2016 Audition results have been announced!

From November 2015 to January 2016, a total of 1,065 people from 58 countries and regions applied, and 97 people from 28 countries and regions were selected (among them, for the first time, a musician from Cuba!).
The inspiring sound of this summer's PMF Academy, bound by music as they overcome barriers of language and nationality, will surely once again display the “harmony of peace” only possible at the international educational Pacific Music Festival.

PMF 2016 Audition results have been announced!

PMF 2016 Audition Results

Festival Highlights

〜The Bernstein Legacy Concert & PMF Orchestra Concerts〜

Over 30 concerts will be presented at PMF 2016, mainly in Sapporo but also in greater Hokkaido and Tokyo. Here we present a few highlights.

The Bernstein Legacy Concert features music by leading 20th century conductor and composer and PMF-founder Leonard Bernstein alongside various pieces by other composers that he loved. This year, with gratitude and admiration for the legacy of the founder, the concert's name and concept have been updated.

Bernstein Legacy Concert, Wednesday, July 27 at 19:00, Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara

The PMF Orchestra Concerts led by Principal Conductor John Axelrod, who studied conducting with Bernstein himself, are also highly anticipated. His wide-ranging sensibilities extend from Italian cuisine and wine all the way to rock music, and his impressive career includes conducting over 150 orchestras to this point. The PMF Orchestra will surely come together and respond to his passionate leadership with powerful waves of sound!

PMF Orchestra Concert Program A, Saturday, July 23 at 17:00 / Sunday, July 24 at 14:00, Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara/PMF Orchestra Concert Program B, Saturday, July 30 at 17:00 / Sunday, July 31 at 14:00, Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara

PMF Orchestra Concerts

PMF 2016 Schedule
World Voice vol.6 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.

David Elton (PMF 2000, 01)
Principal Trumpet
Sydney Symphony Orchestra
David Elton Copyright Keith Saunders
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?
There are so many strong impressions from my time as a PMF Academy member. Perhaps the greatest highlight was performing Mahler 3 on several occasions with Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) conducting. As a young musician, performing this monumental work with MTT, surrounded by principal players of the LSO and Vienna Philharmonic was truly inspiring and memorable. The following year there was also a magical Brahms 1 performance in the Art Park conducted by Sado Yutaka.
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?
Many great friendships are formed during one's time at PMF and I'm fortunate to have maintained contact with several of my PMF friends and colleagues - so many of whom are now working all over the world in leading international orchestras and ensembles (including some alumni in the Sydney Symphony). It's such an asset having strong connections to musicians all over the world and it's incredible to see them and to perform with them again when travelling and touring.
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?
The bringing together of young musicians from so many countries, each with their own inherent style and approach to the repertoire, to perform cohesively as an orchestra as well as in chamber music is inspiring for both the musicians and audiences alike. This special bond of having played together, or even of having attended PMF at a different time or generation is a powerful link that we can all share. I can't think of a better way to spend a summer than playing such great music with friends, both new and old, in the beautiful cultural city of Sapporo.

David Elton
David Elton joined the Sydney Symphony as Principal Trumpet in 2012, having previously held the same position with the West Australian and Adelaide symphony orchestras. He has performed as a guest principal with numerous orchestras worldwide, most recently including Mahler Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, as well as touring internationally as a member of Mahler Chamber Brass and WorldBrass.
 Elton is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician. He has performed concertos with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Adelaide, West Australian (WASO), and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, including the world premiere of James Ledger's Trumpet Concerto with WASO, a work written specially for him. Recently he has toured Australia with the Seraphim Trio, and performed recitals and masterclasses in Europe and the USA.
 Elton is currently a member of the Australian National Academy of Music brass faculty. Formerly Head of Brass at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, he was also a guest faculty member at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore. He is a member of the Australian World Orchestra and a founding member of the Australian Brass Quintet.

Other interests
Distance running, triathlon, coffee, and generally eating and drinking well

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