Tadaaki Otaka returns to BBC National Orchestra of Wales as part of their anniversary celebrations

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.

^ Catherine Wyn-Rogers

Highlights of the past season for Catherine include Dvorak’s Requiem with the late Jiří Bělohlávek conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Das Lied von der Erde with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis, Mrs Sedley in an unforgettable five-star Peter Grimes at the Edinburgh Festival with Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic, Juno in Semele in Vienna and London with Christophe Rousset, and a return to the Welsh National Opera in Frank Martin’s Le vin herbé. Catherine also appears on Decca’s 2017 release of Dream of Gerontius, which was conducted by Daniel Barenboim and recorded at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin.

Find out more on the BBC NOW website: 7 December and 11 December. Both concerts will also be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3: 7 December and 11 December.

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