This young rising star from Philly just got the call-up of a lifetime

Kensho Watanabe

The Philadelphia Inquirer | By David Patrick Stearns

Kensho Watanabe can barely fathom the turn of events that found him on stage leading the Philadelphia Orchestra last weekend — with three hours’ notice.

 “I know what happened,” Watanabe said in an interview this week. “But my brain is still processing it.”

Surreal is one word that comes to mind, he said. Watanabe was notified at 5 p.m. Saturday that music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin had come down with a virus and could not conduct the 8 p.m. program at the Kimmel Center.


Published June 29, 2017
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The Yale Philharmonia Plays at Yale’s Woolsey Hall

Krzysztof_Penderecki_webBy Allison Geisler

On Friday, classical music lovers need to get themselves to Woolsey Hall at Yale, as guest conductor Krzyzstof Penderecki leads the Yale Philharmonia. The first half of the concert features Penderecki conducting two of his pieces, Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima and his Symphony No. 2. In between, Toshiyuki Shimada takes over conducting duties, to lead the Philharmonia in Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2, which will feature current Yale School of Music student Henry Kramer as the piano soloist.


Published October 29, 2013
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Guest conductor Krzysztof Penderecki leads the Yale Philharmonia Nov. 1

Penderecki Conducts Penderecki concert, April 30, 2010

NEW HAVEN, CT  | The Yale School of Music presents the  renowned composer and conductor Krzyzstof Penderecki in concert with the Yale Philharmonia on Friday, November 1, 2013. Penderecki, who was a member of the YSM faculty from 1972 to 1978, will lead the orchestra in two of his own compositions.

The program also features a Prokofiev piano concerto with soloist Henry Kramer and guest conductor Toshiyuki Shimada. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven). MORE

Published October 4, 2013
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Toshi Shimada appointed music director of Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra

shimada_toshiThe Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra in New London, CT., is thrilled to announce the appointment of Toshiyuki (Toshi) Shimada as its new music director. Shimada, currently the music director of the Yale Symphony Orchestra (the university’s undergraduate orchestra), will be the fifth music director in the ECSO’s 63-year history.

Toshiyuki Shimada has been music director of the Yale Symphony Orchestra of Yale University since 2005. He is also music director laureate of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, in Portland, Maine, where he served as music director from 1986 to 2006. Prior to his Portland engagement, he was associate conductor of the Houston Symphony Orchestra for six years, beginning in 1981.  Since 1998, he has also served as principal conductor of the Vienna Modern Masters record label in Austria. In addition, he is music director and chief creative officer of the Trinity Music Partners, LLC, which holds the worldwide rights to the Vatican Library Music Collection, and he has been serving as artistic adviser of the Tulare County Symphony Orchestra in California since 2007. MORE

Published June 1, 2009
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