This week, Nathalie Stutzmann began her tour of Japan, with two Schubert programmes; one as a contralto in Schubert’s Die Schone Mullerin with pianist Inger Södergren, and a second programme as contralto and conductor with Inger Södergren and a quartet of highly regarded string players. Bringing together their talents specifically for this project, they perform a programme of Schubert songs specially arranged by composer Ingvar Karkoff interspersed with chamber excerpts, including the Scherzo from Schubert’s Piano Trio in B-flat major.
Performances began on 4 May, at Arkas Sasebo, Nagasaki and continue through to 19 May at Toppan Hall, Tokyo. They will also perform at Hyogo Performing Arts Center, Iichiko Cultural Centre, Musik Saal Akishino and Kanagawa Kenritsu Ongakudo.
- 4 May – Arkas Sasebo, Nagasaki
- 6 May – Hyogo Performing Arts Center, Nishinomiya
- 9 May – Iichiko Cultural Centre, Oita-shi
- 11 May – Musik Saal Akishino, Nara
- 13 May – Kanagawa Kenritsu Ongakudo, Yokohama
- 17 May – Toppan Hall, Tokyo
- 19 May – Toppan Hall, Tokyo
Quartet members: Kyoko Shikata (solo concert master, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra), Eri Takimura (principal violin, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra), Manubu Suzuki (solo principal viola, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra), and Hajime Ohtomo (member, Quartet Excelsior).
Nathalie has recently had a number of highly successful conducting debuts, including with Kristiansand Symfoniorkester, London Philharmonic Orchestra (Mozart’s Requiem) and St Matthew Passion with Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Earlier this year at Monte Carlo Opera she had a great success with Tannhäuser. Highlights for the remainder of this season include conducting the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and returning to Japan this summer for the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival.