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Sony Super Audio CD Concert V
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Sony Super Audio CD Concert V
To celebrate the 15th year of Sony Thailand

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Welcome back to the Pan-Asian Philharmonic Orchestra band conducted by Yoshikazu Fukumara, with Italian pianist Alessio Bax and Hungarian violinist Vilmos Olah, this concert will bring you the works of Tchaikovsky, Saint Saens and Brahms. Special music composed by Isao Matsushita will also be played to celebrate 15 years of Sony Thailand. All proceeds will be donated to charity.

YOSHIKAZU FUKUMURA (Music Director & Conductor)

Maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura, One of Japaneses best-know and most versatile conductors, knows no limit to challenging music projects. For the Sony Super Audio CD Concert II, he has created the Pan-Asian Festival Orchestra By pulling some of the better musicians from all over Asia, namely Japan, Hong Kong and Vietnam together with half of the orchestra recruited in Thailand.

Formally Musician Director of The Tokyo City Ballet, Kyoto Municipal Symphony, Nagoya Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, Yomiuri Japan Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic Kyushu Symphony, Sapporo Symphony, Gunma Symphony Orchestraand enjoys a growing prestige abroad.

Born in 1946, Maestro Fukumura entered the prestigious Toho music school in 1962 to study composition, piano, trombone and conducting. Fukumuras formal debut as a professional conductor in 1968 in the 118 subscription concert of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra was a sensational success and won him instant recognition. In 1970, he achieved nationwide recognition in Japan as the regular conductor of the NHK TV Concert series Music of the World. In 1972, Fukumura was appointed music director of the Kyoto Municipal education by communalizing between Japan and Italy to study conducting under Maestro Franco Ferrere at the famous Santa Cecilia Academy of Music in Rome from 1974 to 1976.

During the past ten years, while continually guest appearances with most major Japanese orchestras, Fukumura has made recording and conducted festival and subscription concerts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Korea Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony , Beijing Central China Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, Taiwan National Symphony, Vietnam National Symphony, Caracas Philharmonic, Cuba National Symphony, etc. Since early 1983, he has regularly conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

Highlights of this involvement are the yearly series of enormously successful fund raising concerts, which attracted audiences of over 30,000 to each program, and the four concerts presented at the Hong Kong Festival of Asian Arts in October 1988, he was engaged as the Principal Conductor to the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and also the first foreign conductor to be awarded this distinction in China. During his 1989-1990 visit in Shanghai, he made various TV recording and conducted more than thirty concerts and Second Beijing International Arts Festival, all leading up to a successful debut tour of Japan. Engagements in 1994-1995 include concerts in Italy. Romania and the Sixth Concert Tour with Latin American Orchestra in Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela and Chile.

Fukumura has been decorated by both the Cuban and Vietnamese governments for his efforts in developing cultural and artistic life in these two countries.


ALESSIO BAX (Piano)

First prize winner in the universally acknowledged Leeds International Pianoforte Competition in September 2000, Alessio Bax is already established as an accomplished performer throughout the world. His winning performance in Leeds of Brahms Piano Concerto no. 1 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle touched audience and jury alike.

Since winning Leeds Bax has performed in recital in London's International Piano Series (Queen Elizabeth Hall) as well as in Hanover, Munich (Herkulessaal), Paris, Tokyo (Kioi Hall) and with the Houston Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Bax graduated at the age of fourteen from the Conservatory of Bari, in his native Italy, with honours. He studied piano with Angela Montemurro in Bari and Francois Joel Thiollier in France. For four consecutive summers, he won the Guido Agosti scholarship at the Chigiana Academy in Siena, from whom he received an Honours Diploma. Soon after graduating from the Conservatory in Bari, he gained a scholarship to study with the Spanish maestro, Joaqu?n Ach?carro, at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Bax has since obtained an Artist Certificate and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the same university and is now on the teaching faculty of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. In 1997, when he was not yet twenty, Bax received first prizes at the Hamamatsu Competition, Japan, and in other major competitions in Europe and Asia. . . .

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Venue Thai Cultural Center
Location Ratchadapisek Rd., Bangkok
Show Date Friday 12th September 2003
Door Open 7.30 P.M.
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Highlights of recent seasons include recital performances throughout Europe, Japan and the USA. Bax has performed an extensive concerto repertoire with orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Orchestre National de Lille, Matav Hungarian Symphony Orchestra and the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. He has worked with a number of esteemed conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Vernon Handley, Petr Altrichter, Owain Arwel Hughes, Sergiu Commissiona, Gisele Ben-Dor, Norichika Iimori and Ken-ichiro Kobayashi. In the summer of 2001 he performed in the Bath, Harrogate and Ruhr Klavier Festivals and the Snape Malting Proms in Aldeburgh. Engagements in 2002/03 include concerts with the London Philharmonic (Royal Festival Hall), Houston Symphony, Tokyo Symphony (Suntory Hall) and Nashville Symphony orchestras in addition to various Spanish and Italian orchestras and numerous recitals around the world including Tokyo, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Madrid, Bilbao and Milan.

Bax has recorded the complete piano and organ works of Marcel Dupr? with Stefan Engels (Naxos). His Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 with the New Japan Philharmonic recorded live at the Hamamatsu competition finals was released in 1997 (Fontec). His second release for Fontec was a live recording of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Hamamatsu Symphony Orchestra.


VILMOS OLAH ( Violin )

Vilmos Olah was born in Budapest at 1975
Mr. Olah won 1st prize Janos Koncz Hungarian National Competition 1986, 1989, and 1992, In 1988, he had been invited playing solo recital in Julia Richmann Hall and in UN Palace at New York, and the Harvard University, Boston. In 1991 gave successful concert series in Germany including Hamburg, Munich.

He won 1st prize Pacem In Terris International Competition, Bayreuth and got a full scholarship in Mozarteum Salzburg. The end of the year he won a Mozarteum Prize Concert.

He became concertmaster and leader of the Hungarian Radio and Television Youth Orchestra. That time he appeared several concerts in Europe and made his first solo CD record, which became Recording of the year in Scandinavia.

Mr. Olah won in 1995 the Grand Luc Adolph International Competition in Luxembourg. He became the leader of Camerata Transsylvanica Orchestra. With this orchestra made major success as a soloist in Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, France and Netherland.

In 1998, he won International Concerto Competition in Santa Barbara and made his 2nd CD with the Finnish Radio Orchestra.

In the later years he made 3 more CDs, appeared as a chamber musician as well. With Quartet Camerata Mr. Olah made successful concert tour in France performed among others Six Bartok Quartets.

In year 2000, he won 1st prize in Weiner Chamber Competition in string trio and sonata category and won a Best Performance prize for the Weiner Sonata as well. His repertoire includes 28 violin concertos, 24 Paganini Caprices, 6 Bach Sonatas and Partitas and more than 250 pieces and sonatas. Mr. Olah is playing on a Stradivarius violin 1728 (ex-Flesch)

Vilmos Olah took part master classes led by famous violin players such as Isaac Stern, Ruggiero Ricci, Yehudi Menuhin, Denes Zsigmondy and Lorand Fenyves. He is played together as a soloist with famous players like Yo-Yo Ma, Jurij Bashmet, Gil Saham, Andras Schiff ; famous conductors as Jeffrey Tate, Andras Ligeti, Jurij Simonov, Tamas Vasary, Uri Majer, Adrian Sunshine.

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