This week sees Kensho Watanabe return to Orchestre Métropolitain for five concerts from tonight through to Sunday 25 November. Conducting a programme of Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1. Kensho will also be joined on stage by Kerson Leong for Korngold’s Violin Concerto. The concerts will take place across Montreal at Eglise Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs (21 November), Maison Symphonique de Montréal (22 November), Saint-Joachim Church (23 November), Église évangélique arménienne (24 November) and Maison de la culture Mercier (25 November).
Recent highlights for Kensho have included his critically acclaimed debut with the Houston Symphony, as well as his Japanese debut at the Matsumoto Festival. This season sees Kensho return to the podium in Philadelphia to give three subscription concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra in January 2019. He will also debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Detroit Symphony and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.