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Received the 65th Yokohama Cultural Award Culture and Art Encouragement Award! Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra Permanent conductor, Kensuke Kawase talks about the attraction and future of Kanagawa Phil

―― Congratulations on the 65th Yokohama Culture Award for receiving the Culture and Art Encouragement Award!

Kawase : Thank you very much.

In the historic Yokohama Cultural Award, the Culture and Art Encouragement Award is an award for young people who are currently active and who are expected to be more active in the future. How did you receive the award report?

Kawase : I have made a debut and will be 10 years next year, but I have a chance to get various awards from last year to this year. I was very happy to receive another award there. Especially this time, it comes from Yokohama City, which is the knee of Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra. I am very grateful that this is the award only because more people learned about me through the activities at Kanagawa Phil.

-Certainly, Kawase-san has received many awards such as the Watanabe Music Foundation Music Award, the Kanagawa Culture Award Future Award, the Hideo Saito Memorial Foundation Award, and the Idemitsu Music Award since last year.

Kawase : Yes. However ... I think that the conductor you look at has an image that leads the orchestra with confidence on the stage, but you will not know what will happen if you do not do the concert. There is also pressure that it may fail, but that's why we don't want to quit the challenge. There is always the fear that "Is this good?" However, I think that being able to receive an award in this way is a proof that you are interested in your music or that you find it interesting. That leads to great confidence in me.

-Because the expectations of those who actually came to Kawase-san's concert were also included.

Kawase : That's why only I got the prizeI do not think that. This time, I also spoke in the presentation ceremony speech, but even if the conductor looks great, I can not even make a single sound. It would not be possible without the presence of an orchestra to play. The award from Kanagawa Prefecture and Yokohama City, in particular, was earned because it was together with the members of the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra. I would like to express my gratitude to all the performers, staff and customers who come to see the performance.

-After the presentation ceremony, the commemorative Oe Tei violin concert was also held. How was the ceremony?

Kawase : Not only music but also people from various fields were awarded the Yokohama Cultural Award, and knowledge was deepened just by listening to speeches. Then I met Oe Minoru-kun, who appeared in a commemorative concert, for the first time in three years since I conducted the concert at the concert where he won the Japanese Music Competition. I was happy too.

-And Mr. Kawase was appointed to Kanagawa Phil in 2014 as the youngest permanent conductor of a domestic orchestra, and it seems to have reached its third year this year. How do you feel in retrospect?

Kawase : It was a while. And from the first year, I was given a regular concert of the 300th anniversary of the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, and came to put out a CD, and it was taken up to NHK ... and so on, I was given a variety of experiences. I think it has been three years. At the same time, what should I do as a regular conductor by letting me experience the first experience of my life as a Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra? There is also the difficulty that. The answer is in the midst of searching.

-How do you cope with the difficulties and sense of responsibility?

Kawase : You don't take care of yourself. Because I am a character that makes things go awry (laughs), I am trying to treat the orchestra members as being a human being with an honest and human touch.

――I think that the straight character is likely to appear in musicality.

Kawase : I think I want you to do that too. It is very difficult for people to share music and play together. I especially feel that I'm doing rehearsals, but in the first place music does not understand in words, it feels in the body. The more I say to the orchestra, "I want to play like this," the more I feel like I'm moving away from the essence. For example ... in a drama or movie, there may be a scene where a couple asks, "How much do you like me?" (Lol)

--Yes. It is also everyday life, such a scene (laughs).

Kawase : But when I say “I like it,” I think I can not express the true feelings and feelings. It's the same with music. As a conductor, I have always realized the difficulty of expressing what I feel and how to convey it to the orchestra. However, if you can get along with the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra in this way, you will be able to try various things in musical terms, and you can grow yourself. I think it was really good to be able to get in touch with the orchestra in the position of a standing conductor.

―― Mr. Kawase has been performing with not only the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, but also many other orchestras such as the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra. Where do you feel the attractiveness of the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra?

Kawase : There are a lot of people who are very friendly and who are thinking and fighting flexibly to make the orchestra better by themselves. The attitude also appears in music, and pursues good things thoroughly, and questions can be discussed together. I announced a three-year contract extension from April 2017 to March 2020 in October, but I look forward to seeing how it will change in the next three years.

-How about the attraction of music?

Kawase : Classical musicians such as Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven have always been good at it. Technically, of course, I firmly express the language of classical works. Rather than just following the notes, it is full of charm that speaks with sounds. In particular, Naoto Ashiya-kun, who took office as the first concert master at the same time as I, is younger than I, but has many ideas that I do not have and I have a wealth of experience in chamber music. With that power in, you can express music with punctuation marks. I feel that the expressiveness of natural intonation and harmony is increasing. In addition to that, recently it has become more dynamic. I think that Kanagawa Phil will grow more and more musically.

-For the past three years, you have been challenged with such Kanagawa Phil and various performances. What is your concern when you think about the program that you will lead?

Kawase : Rather than being a conductor, it's a program I want to listen to as a music fan. What I keep in mind is that in terms of food Fit. " By putting accents in between the standard delicious course dishes, the taste of each one is further enhanced. Even at a concert, putting accented songs will make it more interesting to hear the classic famous songs in a different way. We are choosing music to think that we want to deliver new enjoyment to customers while thinking about the aim as one package.

--- Where is the idea coming from?

Kawase : Recently, I am reading a novel "silence" written by Endo Shusaku on the subject of Christianity. There are several, so if you combine it with Mendelssohn Symphony No. 5 "Reformation", it may be interesting to see the difference between the same Christian theme songs as music, too? ……And. I always think about that.

-The day when that theme will come true may come. And soon, on December 3rd, a regular concert will be held by Mr. Kawase led by Kanagawa Prefectural Hall. The program is Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125" with chorus ", which becomes year-end regular.

Kawase : "Ninth" has become so popular that there are customers who can not pass the year without hearing this. Syrah's poem "Songs of Rejoicing" sung in the fourth movement is a theme for all human beings and brothers, but since it is something that can not be realized in reality, an eternal wish is included. That's why it is a work that has tremendous energy, so I hope that it will be a good opportunity to receive great power from this song and think about how to live in the future and how to interact with people.

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-It's a very enduring question, but do you get tired of playing the ninth every year every year?

Kawase : That's not ...! (Laughs) Shaking "the ninth" at the end of the year is also my own yearly compilation. So, every year, what I read from the score is different, and it is also a ruler that lets me know what I have been thinking and growing in a year. It's a song with new discoveries every year, so you never get bored.

-After completing the yearly compilation of such year, a regular concert at Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall, which will be the beginning of 2017, is waiting for January 21 next year. I am looking forward to it.

Kawase : Usually, I am allowed to shake the schedule at the Minato Mirai Hall three times a year, but one of the three is always "It's a bit unusual, but this dish is very delicious!" , I have proposed a kind of strange recommendation. That's what the January schedule is. The second of Rachmaninoff's symphony is most famous, but this time it is a song that is not played very often, but I wanted to listen to the third, which I think is the most fulfilling work. In addition, I would like to introduce the flute player Ueno Seiji-kun, who was a companion with my European debut, to the customers of Kanagawa, and put the "violin (flute) concerto in D minor" of Hachaturian (Lumphal Arrangement) into the program. Yes. "Violin Concerto in D minor" is also my solo / concertmaster Yasuda Ishida's 18th, but this time you will listen to it on a flute. And the first song is JS Bach (Ergar Arranged) 's "Fantasy and Fugaha minor Op. 86". This is a very cool song, so I want many people to listen to it alone.