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【The 2020 Seiji Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy Okushiga’s 35th Annual Concert was a great success! 】

【The 2020 Seiji Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy Okushiga’s 35th Annual Concert was a great success! 】
Due to the current social conditions we were faced with many restrictions and could not present the concert as usual in order to protect the health and safety of our audience, staff, and students. The power of music prevailed despite the hardships and the 35th OICMA Okushiga concert will always be remembered as one close to our hearts.
The eight Academy attendees survived five intensive days of training with an accumulative performance of two quartets and one octet. An incredible performance full of tension and fulfillment was warmly received by the live audience in the concert venue and by music lovers around the world watching the live stream.
Unfortunately, the Ozawa Concert scheduled to be held at Yamanouchi Junior High School was unable to take place. We alternatively screened a special video dedicated to the 35-year history of the OICMA and it brought nostalgia to the audience.
Mr. Sadao Harada and Mr. Julien Szulman who have been online tutors for this year’s performance made an appearance on the screen and were met by the audience with heartfelt applause, followed by a live greeting on the stage from Ms. Yoshiko Kawamoto who was the tutor in residence at Okushiga.
Finally, we would like to thank everyone at Okushiga Kogen Jokai for its continued support and sponsorship of the OICMA Okushiga Concert.
The concert will be available for viewing on YouTube until September 21st!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEdi1CoIDno

Okushiga Kogen Jokai members
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The seminar goes on day and night!

The seminar goes on day and night! Music can be heard until midnight! 2020 OICMA members continue working on the Mendelssohn Octet Op.20 after the dinner with online tutors Sadao Harada (Vc) in Germany and Julien Szulman (Vn) in France. Yoshiko Kawamoto (Va) has been tutoring and staying with the Academy students in Okushiga.
The music practiced and performed by the 2020 OICMA members seems to be alive. It swells and shifts following the rhythm of the Okushiga day from its crispy sunny day, to an afternoon thunderstorm, and ending in a beautiful evening with shining moonlight. Don’t miss the colorful and nature filled concert tomorrow at 15:30(Japan time) online!

https://youtu.be/DEdi1CoIDno

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Seminar Day 2

The rehearsal of the Mendelssohn Octet led by Yoshiko Kawamoto has begun!
The honorable Mr. Taiga Harigai, CEO, Lanxess Japan, the crown sponsor of Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy Okushiga, paid us a visit during the rehearsal, and attentively listened to the rehearsal.
The students were also encouraged by Mr. Ming Cheng Chien, CEO, Lanxess Asia Pacific Region via video call for their hard work. 
Mr. Chien warmly spoke to the students saying “I am very sorry that I cannot be there with you to witness your progress. I believe that beautiful music has no limits. Work together and collaborate with your colleagues, learn as much as you can from your teachers in order to strive for the best outcome. Thank you everyone for your dedication and hard work. Wishing you a happy, fruitful experience!”
Mr. Harigai said that he was very happy to be at the rehearsal even for the short time in such a difficult time. Helping the Academy has given Mr. Harigai an appreciation of classical music and he promised long lasting support.
He is very much looking forward to the live streaming of the Academy students’ performance. .
Join us to enjoy the live streaming concert of Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy Okushiga from the link below at 15:30 on September 6th, 2020!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp6KGNjBzoU&feature=youtu.be


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【2020 Audition Information】


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【Tokyo Performance closed with Seiji Ozawa’s conduct】