BALKAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

BALKAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

The Balkan Chamber Orchestra (BCO) was founded for the co-prosperity of all Balkan nation in 2007 by a Japanese conductor, Toshio Yanagisawa. On 17 May 2009 a commemorative concert by musicians of multi-ethnic groups was held in Mitrovica for the first time after the conflict in Kosovo, under the guidance of UNDP, KFOR, and the Police. Since then, BCO serves as a cultural bridge connecting people around the world through music.

Toshio Yanagisawa and BCO members travel all over the world to give one or two concerts per year named “World Peace Concert” aiming to achieve “co-prosperity” of all people and “world citizens” without boundaries of all kinds. So far, the “World Peace Concert” was held in Vienna, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Geneva, New York, and Tokyo as well as at the General Assembly Hall of the UN Office at Geneva. BCO has collaborated with renowned musicians such as Akiko Suwanai (violin), Pascal Roge (piano), Peter Jablonski (piano) and so on. It also realized an improvisation concert with Roma children in Albania, in cooperation with UNDP.

BCO is composed of excellent musicians who lead the classical music world in respective Balkan countries. It should be noted that despite the difficulties to promote classical music in the recovery process after the conflict, BCO’s quality of music has improved tremendously.

バルカン室内管弦楽団

2007年、バルカン半島の民族共栄を願って日本人指揮者柳澤寿男によって設立。2009年5月17日、ミトロヴィッツァにおいて、国連開発計画、国連安全保障部隊、警察などの指導の下、コソヴォ紛争後初となる多民族合同オーケストラの歴史的コンサートが実現。以降、バルカン室内管弦楽団は多民族間文化交流の貴重な音楽の架け橋となっている。民族の「共存共栄」、国や民族、宗教を乗り越えた「世界市民」を願ったWorld Peace Concertと称するコンサートを年に一、二度行うため、柳澤寿男とバルカン室内管弦楽団は世界中を旅している。

これまでに、ウィーン、サラエヴォ、ベオグラード、ジュネーヴ、ニューヨーク、東京などでコンサートを開催しているほか、ジュネーヴ国連欧州本部総会議場での平和祈念コンサートも開催している。また、諏訪内晶子 (ヴァイオリン)、パスカル・ロジェ(ピアノ)、ペーテル・ヤブロンスキー(ピアノ)など国際的なソリストとも共演し、アルバニアでは国連開発計画の指導のもと、ロマ民族の子供たちとも楽譜のない即興音楽の共演も果たしている。バルカン室内管弦楽団はバルカン半島各地のクラシック音楽界をリードする奏者を中心に組織されているが、クラシック音楽というジャンルが、戦後復興のなかで、未だ大変な地域も含め、急速なクオリティーアップを図っている。

CONCERT

2019

WORLD PEACE CONCERT IN TOKYO 2019
May 17/Tokyo Dai-ichi Seimei Hall (Japan)
[Peace Messenger] Shinosuke Tatekawa
[Conductor] Toshio Yanagisawa, [Flute] Fujii Ryuta, [Piano] Peter Jablonski
[Orchestra] Balkan Chamber Orchestra
Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Hisatada Otaka: Flute Concerto Op.30b
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for String Orchestra in C major, op.48

2018

WORLD PEACE CONCERT IN TOKYO 2018
June 21/Tokyo Dai-ichi Seimei Hall (Japan)
[Peace Messenger] Takuro Tatsumi
[Conductor] Toshio Yanagisawa, [Flute] Ryuta Fujii
[Piano] Yosuke Yamashita
[Orchestra] Balkan Chamber Orchestra
Doppler: Hungarian Pastorale Fantasie op.26
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Mendelssohn: Symphony no.4 in A major, op.90 “Italian”

2017

WORLD PEACE CONCERT IN VIENNA 2017
September 19/Wiener Konzerthaus Mozart-Saal (Austria)
[Conductor] Toshio Yanagisawa, [Piano] Pascal Roge
[Orchestra] Balkan Chamber Orchestra
Kaoru Wada: Kyo-Ga for String Orchestra
Saint-Saens (arr. Cyril Plante): Piano Concerto no.5 in F major, op.103 “Egyptique”
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for String Orchestra in C major, op.48 etc.

2016

WORLD PEACE CONCERT IN GENEVA 2016
October 17/Victoria Hall Geneva (Switzerland)
[Conductor] Toshio Yanagisawa, [Piano] Peter Jablonski
[Orchestra] Balkan Chamber Orchestra
Kaoru Wada: Kyo-Ga for String Orchestra
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto no.1 in c minor, op.35
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for String Orchestra in C major, op.48 etc.

WORLD PEACE CONCERT AT THE UNITED NATIONS IN GENEVA 2016
October 18/Assembly Hall, Palais des Nations Geneva (Switzerland)
[Conductor] Toshio Yanagisawa, [Orchestra] Balkan Chamber Orchestra
Kaoru Wada: Kyo-Ga for String Orchestra
Valton Beqiri: Spirit of Tradition “Impact” “Dance”
Koji Tamaki: “Kanki no Uta” for Balkan Chamber Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for String Orchestra in C major, op.48
Hosted by United Nations in Geneva,
Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Geneva

WORLD PEACE CONCERT IN TOKYO 2016
June 10/Tokyo Dai-ichi Seimei Hall (Japan)
[Peace Messenger] Takuro Tatsumi
[Conductor] Toshio Yanagisawa, [Piano] Kazune Shimizu
[Trumpet] Alexei Tokarev
[Orchestra] Balkan Chamber Orchestra
Kaoru Wada: Kyo-Ga for String Orchestra
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto no.1 in C minor, op.35
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for String Orchestra in C major, op.48 etc.

2015

WORLD PEACE CONCERT IN BELGRADE 2015
June 27/Kolarac Hall Belgrade (Serbia)
[Conductor] Toshio Yanagisawa, [Violin] Akiko Suwanai
[Orchestra] Balkan Chamber Orchestra
Kaoru Wada: Kyo-Ga for String Orchestra
Mendelssohn: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor, op.64
Mendelssohn: Symphony no.4 in A major, op.90 “Italian”

2014

ROAD TO WORLD PEACE CONCERT IN SARAJEVO 2014
July 5/National Theater Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
[Conductor] Toshio Yanagisawa, [Piano] Takeshi Kakehashi
[Soprano] Aida Corbadzic, [Alto] Irena Parlov
[Tenor] Amir Saracevic, [Baritone] Ivan Saric
[Orchestra] Balkan Chamber Orchestra, Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra
[Choir] Road to World Peace Concert Choir, National theater Sarajevo Opera Choir
Mozart: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra no.13 in C major, K415
Beethoven: Symphony no.9 in D major, op.125

ROAD TO WORLD PEACE CONCERT IN TOKYO 2014
May 29/Kioi Hall Tokyo (Japan)
[Conductor] Toshio Yanagisawa, [Piano] Takeshi Kakehashi
[Soprano] Minako Fujita, [Alto] Miki Kita
[Tenor] Toshiaki Murakami, [Baritone] Jhon Hao
[Orchestra] Balkan Chamber Orchestra
[Choir] Road to World Peace Concert Choir
Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony in C-minor op.110a
Beethoven: Symphony no.9 in D major, op.125

2013

BALKAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA IN TIRANE 2013
June 5/Akerina Room, International Hotel Tirana (Albania)
[Conductor] Toshio Yanagisawa, [Flute] Yuki Saito
[Orchestra] Balkan Chamber Orchestra
Vujic: “Kolo” for Flute and String Orchestra
Beqiri: Spirit of Tradition Ⅰ Genesis, Ⅱ Impact, Ⅲ Survival, Ⅳ Dance etc.

2012

BALKAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA IN TOKYO 2012
October 6/Musashino Bunkakaikan Tokyo (Japan)
[Peace Messenger] Takuro Tatsumi
[Conductor] Toshio Yanagisawa
[Soprano] Charlotte de Rothschild, [Baritone] Tasuku Naono
[Orchestra] Balkan Chamber Orchestra
[Choir] Kokubunji-shi Onkagurenmei Choir
Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony in C-minor op.110a
Beqiri: Spirit of Tradition Ⅱ Impact, Ⅲ Survival, Ⅳ Dance
Faure: Requiem

2011

BALKAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA IN TIRANE 2011
November 8/Theatri Metropole Tirana (Albania)
[Conductor] Toshio Yanagisawa
[Orchestra] Roma children musicians and Balkan Chamber Orchestra
Roma Folk Music etc.
Supported by United Nations Development Programme, Albania

BALKAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA IN VIENNA 2011
May 17/Vienna Musikverein Brahms-Saal (Austria)
[Conductor] Toshio Yanagisawa
[Orchestra] Balkan Chamber Orchestra
Shigeaki Saegusa: Requiem for String Orchestra
Beqiri: Spirit of Tradition Ⅰ Genesis, Ⅱ Impact, Ⅲ Survival, Ⅳ Dance etc.
Bartok: Rumanian Folk Dances
Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony in C-minor op.110a