- What: Yoshiki in Concert with The Tokyo Philharmonic
- When: Thursday, January 12 and Friday, January 13, 2017 – 7:30 PM both evenings
- Where: Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, 57th St. and Seventh Ave. in Manhattan
- URL: https://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2017/1/12/0730/PM/Yoshiki-Classical-Special-with-Tokyo-Philharmonic-Orchestra/
Yoshiki--composer, classically-trained pianist, drummer/percussionist, and the creative force behind the rock group X Japan, has announced a special concert event presented Knitting Factory - Yoshiki Classical, Featuring The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. This special classical performance will take place on, Thursday, January 12 and Friday, January 13, 2017 – 7:30 PM both evenings, at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage in New York City.
For the Carnegie Hall concert, Yoshiki will perform his original compositions alongside the world-renowned Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. He will also play several traditional selections TBA. The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra was named one of the Top 10 orchestras in the world by CNN in 2015.
“I began taking piano lessons and music theory at age four, and became interested in classical works by Beethoven and Schubert,” explains Yoshiki. “In elementary school, I played the trumpet in the brass band, and around age ten started composing songs for piano. I’ve been writing classical music ever since. Needless to say, classical music has been a major influence in my musical career, including X Japan. I was fortunate enough to play Madison Square Garden 2 years ago with my band X Japan. Now I’m playing Carnegie Hall as a pianist with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, which was another dream of mine. Words can’t describe how honored I am to be performing at such a prestigious venue with an amazing orchestra.”
Tickets for the January 12 and 13 concerts, priced at $105/ $85/ $75/ $65/ $55/ $40, will be available at 11am (EST) on September 29th at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling Carnegie Charge at 212-247-7800 and Carnegie Hall’s website -https://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2017/1/12/0730/PM/Yoshiki-Classical-Special-with-Tokyo-Philharmonic-Orchestra/.
Yoshiki composed Anniversary for piano and orchestra, and performed it with a 77-piece orchestra to celebrate the tenth year of the Emperor of Japan's reign in 1999. In 2015, he composed the theme song and conducted the Super World Orchestra at the opening ceremony of the World Expo. In 2012, Yoshiki composed the official theme song for the Golden Globes®. His classical concerts in 2014 captivated crowds earning him standing ovations and sold out shows in more than 10 countries as he performed classical versions of X Japan songs and popular rock tracks with a string sextet live on stage, as well as some traditional Classical pieces.
His album, Yoshiki Classical debuted at #1 on the iTunes Classical Music chart in 10 countries around the world. Pianist Magazine raved Yoshiki Classical a “true labor of love from a talented artist who’s made an impressive mark within the classical and rock genres.” The album featured performances by YOSHIKI as both the composer and pianist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra. Produced by Yoshiki, the album included two selections that were produced by the legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin. For more information about the album Yoshiki Classical, visit: http://www.yoshiki.net/classical.html. Yoshiki is a Kawai Artist.
In 2011, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra celebrated its 100th anniversary as Japan’s first symphony orchestra. With about 130 musicians, TPO performs both symphonies and operas regularly. TPO is proud to have appointed Maestro Myung-Whun Chung, who has been conducting the orchestra since 2001, as Honorary Music Director, Maestro Mikhail Pletnev as Special Guest Conductor and Maestro Andrea Battistoni as Principal Guest Conductor. In March, 2014, TPO became made a very successful world tour of six major cities: New York, Madrid, Paris, London, Singapore and Bangkok. In December 2015, TPO held Beethoven’s 9th symphony concerts in Seoul and Tokyo with Mastro Myung-Whun Chung, with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra combined into one orchestra.
This Yoshiki Classical World Concert Tour will also take place in Japan and Hong Kong.
Japan -Presented By UDO Artists, Inc.-
December 5 (Mon): OSAKA Castle Hall
December 6 (Tue): Tokyo International Forum
December 7 (Wed): Tokyo International Forum
December 8(Thu): Tokyo International Forum
For tickets and information, please visit www.udo.jp
Hong Kong – Presented By Big Honor Entertainment-
December 29 (Thu): Hong Kong, Asia World Expo
For Tickets and information, please visit: www.puffinent.net
The new music documentary about Yoshiki’s rock group X Japan titled WE ARE X--from Passion Pictures—will be released by Drafthouse Films in New York and Los Angeles on October 21, 2016, followed by nationwide release. Since its premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival--where it was awarded the Special Jury Prize for editing--the film has continued to garner critical acclaim due to its remarkably candid portrayal of its subject, Yoshiki, leader of X Japan.
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