The BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrates its 90th anniversary in April 2018, and is joined by some of its closest collaborators for celebratory concerts throughout the season. Over the next week, Conductor Laureate Tadaaki Otaka will conduct two programmes: first, Takemitsu’s Twill by Twilight, Elgar’s Cello Concerto with soloist Steven Isserlis and Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2 (7 December); followed by a second, all-Elgar programme (of whom Tadaaki is an acclaimed interpreter) including Elgar’s Sea Pictures with British mezzo-soprano Catherine Wyn-Rogers (11 December).
These concerts also mark Tadaaki’s recently celebrated 70th birthday and his 30 year relationship with the orchestra. See below for a photo from his first concerts with the orchestra.
Recent guest conducting highlights for Tadaaki include return visits to Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Brussels Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Sapporo Symphony and NHK Symphony. He conducts extensively this season in Japan with many of the country’s leading orchestras, including Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Sapporo Symphony and the New Japan Philharmonic.