Barenboim marks 50th anniversary of performances in Japan with Staatskapelle Berlin tour

General Music Director Daniel Barenboim leads the Staatskapelle Berlin in a five-city, fifteen-concert tour of Japan in February 2016, celebrating 50 years since his debut as a pianist in the country in 1966.

The tour kicks off on January 31 at Tokyo’s Electron Hall Miyagi, where Barenboim will conduct Bruckner’s Second Symphony and lead Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 from the keyboard.

Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin take residence at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall in performances of Mozart and Bruckner throughout February, opening on February 1 with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4. On February 5, 9, 10, 11 and 13 they present Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 26 and Bruckner’s First Symphony. February 14 sees the orchestra in Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony. Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 and Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony are featured on February 15.

The tour of Japan also encompasses concerts on February 3 at Festival Hall in Osaka and on February 4 at Aichi Prefectural Arts Theater in Nagoya.

Peral Music, Daniel Barenboim’s record label for the thinking ear, highlights this landmark with the release of two recordings, Bruckner: Symphonies 4-9 and Bruckner: The Compete Symphonies, in January.