Season Finale with Otomo & Watts
Featuring Maestro Naoto Otomo & pianist André Watts
Saturday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. | Blaisdell Concert Hall
Sunday, June 11 at 4:00 p.m. | Blaisdell Concert Hall
The season finale couldn’t be any more sizzling. World-renowned pianist, André Watts and the esteemed Meastro – Naoto Otomo will join the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra for the final concert of the 16-17 Halekulani Masterworks Season. The program is fiery and powerful, featuring works by Rachmaninoff, Ravel, and Stravinsky.
Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 2
Ravel – Mother Goose Suite
Stravinsky – The Firebird
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Naoto Otomo, conductor
Born in 1958, Naoto Otomo graduated from the Toho Gakuen School of Music having studied conducting under Seiji Ozawa, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Tadaaki Odaka and Morihiro Okabe. His studies took him to Tanglewood where he worked with conductors such as André Previn, Leonard Bernstein and Igor Markevitch. While still a student at Toho Gakuen, Naoto Otomo was named Assistant Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, and upon the recommendation of its members, made his debut with the orchestra at the age of 22. During his career, Naoto Otomo has regularly made appearances with major orchestras both in Japan and overseas. Having previously held the posts of Conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Permanent Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor, Permanent Conductor as well as Music Director of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, he is currently Music Director of the Gunma Symphony Orchestra, Honorary Guest Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Conductor Laureate of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, and Music Advisor to the Ryukyu Symphony Orchestra. In 2004, he was appointed as the first Music Director of the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan concert hall, a post he held for 8 years. He also led the Osaka Philharmonic on a tour of Europe in 1986, and his tours with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra to Southeast Asia in 1992, Portugal in 1994 and 1996, and Europe in 2001 were all extremely successful.
Outside Japan, Naoto Otomo has appeared with the Colorado Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; in July 2001 he led the Philharmonia Orchestra on their tour to Japan, in March 2012 he conducted the opening concert of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, and in June 2012 he appeared as a guest conductor with the Lorraine National Orchestra. He was invited to George Enescu International Festival in 2013 where he conducted String Octet in C Major, Op.7. Critics acclaimed “this octet has been performed several times, but this is by far the best,” and “the performance by a Japanese orchestra gives hope to western music.” There is much anticipation of future work in both Europe and the United States.
Andre Watts, piano
André Watts burst upon the music world at the age of 16 when Leonard Bernstein chose him to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic in their Young People’s Concerts, broadcast nationwide on CBS-TV. Only two weeks later, Bernstein asked him to substitute at the last minute for the ailing Glenn Gould in performances of Liszt’s E-flat Concerto with the New York Philharmonic, thus launching his career in storybook fashion. More than 50 years later, André Watts remains one of today’s most celebrated and beloved superstars.
A perennial favorite with orchestras throughout the US, Mr. Watts is also a regular guest at the major summer music festivals including Ravinia, the Hollywood Bowl, Saratoga and Tanglewood. Recent and upcoming engagements include appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Philadelphia and on tour, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the St. Louis, Atlanta, Detroit, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Seattle and National symphonies among others. In celebration of the Liszt anniversary in 2011, Mr. Watts played all-Liszt recitals throughout the US, while recent international engagements include concerto and recital appearances in Japan, Hong Kong, Germany and Spain.
Concert Conversations with the Guest Artists
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