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Chamber Music Series<br />Yu Kosuge & Benedict Klöckner

Chamber Music Series
Yu Kosuge & Benedict Klöckner
Pre-school children may not enter The performance has finished

Saturday, July 1, 2023Starts at 3:00 P.M.
Seijo Hall Access Map
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Address: 6-2-1 Seijo, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Note: No parking is available. Please use the train or bus.

By train, take the Odakyu Line, and get off at ‘Seijo Gakuenmae’. (4 min walk)

Yu Kosuge, a pianist who has been attracting attention for her youthful sensitivity and deep understanding of music, will finally put on a joint performance with Benedict Klöckner, a cellist who has won high appraisal from Barenboim and Rattle !
It will be a rare opportunity to hear the honed music of professionals who perform internationally, including in Europe.

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Yu Kosuge (piano) profile
Benedict Klöckner (cello) profile


Dai Fujikura: Sweet Suites*
J.S.Bach: Cello Suite No.2 d minor BWV 1008*
D.Shostakovich: Sonata for Cello and Piano d minor
J.S.Bach/M.Hess: “Jesus bleibet meine Freude” BWV147**
J.S.Bach/F.Busoni: Choralvorspiel “Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr” BWV 639**
J.Brahms: Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 F major Op.99

*Cello Solo
**Piano Solo

Admission fees

General: 4,500yen
Setagaya Arts Card and Setagaya Public Theatre Club members: 3,800yen (advance sales only)
*Reserved seats only / Includes consumption tax
*Pre-school children may not enter

*Wheelchair spaces available (limited / reservations required)
Fee: 3,800yen with free admission for one escort
Call the Setagaya Public Theatre Ticket Centre (03-5432-1515) by 7:00 P.M. on the day before the performance.

*Tickets will only be sold by phone or online. Tickets will not be sold or issued through the Ticket Centre.
*Payments are to be made at 7-Eleven or online using a credit card.
*Tickets will only be issued through ticket terminals at 7-Eleven (handling fee of 110 yen will be charged per ticket).
*Be sure to read “A Request for Visitors to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19” before coming to the venue.

Start of sales

10:00 A.M. Monday, April 17, 2023


Yu Kosuge (piano)

With her superlative technique, sensitivity of touch, and profound understanding of the music she plays, Yu Kosuge continues to develop a distinguished international career as a concert pianist. Yu has been giving recitals and performing with orchestras since early childhood; at the age of nine she made her debut with the Tokyo New City Orchestra. In 1993 she moved to Europe to continue her studies in Hannover and Salzburg and received great support and inspiration from András Schiff.
Yu Kosuge has appeared at leading venues in Berlin, Hamburg, Köln, Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Zurich, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tokyo, Washington and New York. She has performed at festivals across Europe including Salzburger Festspiele, Rheingau, Schleswig-Holstein, Bremen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Passau, Braunschweig, Mozartwoche Salzburg, Holland Music Festival, Piano Festival Lille, La Roque d'Anthéron Piano Festival and La Folle Journée de Nantes. She also enjoys chamber music and has performed with members of the Berlin Philharmonic.
Yu Kosuge regularly performs with all the major Japanese orchestras, and with many leading European orchestras including the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, NDR Radiophilharmonie, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Camerata Salzburg, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, St Petersburg Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with conductors including Seiji Ozawa, Jun Märkl, Philippe Herreweghe, Gerd Albrecht, Lawrence Foster, Sakari Oramo, Christian Arming, Yutaka Sado, Mark Wigglesworth, Kazuki Yamada, Osmo Vänskä, Vasili Petrenko and Dennis Russell Davies.
In September 2009 Sony released Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No 1 with the Mito Chamber Orchestra and Seiji Ozawa with a selection from Songs Without Words. Yu Kosuge's other recordings on Sony include Liszt's 12 Études d´exécution transcendante, Chopin's Préludes and Nocturne, and Mozart's Piano Concertos Nos 20 and 22.
In 2015 Yu Kosuge completed recording all 32 Beethoven Sonatas, which were released as a box set in the autumn of 2016.
Her latest recital series ‘Four Elements’ cycle was released by Orchid Classics .
In March 2017 Yu Kosuge won the Suntory Music Award, presented to individuals or organizations who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of Western music in Japan.

Benedict Klöckner (cello)

Benedict Klöckner, born in 1989, is one of the outstanding artists of his generation. He performs worldwide as a soloist with renowned orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie, the NDR Radiophilharmonie, the MDR Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie, the Kremerata Baltica, the Camerata Oslo and the Munich Chamber Orchestra and works with renowned conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, Ingo Metzmacher, Michael Sanderling, Clemens Schuldt, Heinrich Schiff and Sir Simon Rattle.
He appears in concert halls such as the Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall New York, Kennedy Center Washington, Symphony Hall Chicago, Arts Center Seoul, Musikverein Vienna, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Tonhalle Zurich, Gasteig in Munich, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Rudolfinum Prague, Athenaeum Bucharest and Barbican, Cadogan and Wigmore Hall London.
In the 2021/ 2022 season he will perform the 6 Bach Suites at the Berlin Philharmonie, the Alte Oper Frankfurt and Carnegie Hall in New York. On a tour of South America, he will give guest performances of chamber music programs at the Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, among other venues, and will give concerts with the Filarmónica de Buenos Aires. He will make his debuts in Japan at Suntory Hall in Tokyo and in South Africa with the Johannesburg and Capetown Philharmonic Orchestras. He will also perform the Schumann Concerto at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and at the Seoul Arts Center.
Benedict Kloeckner is a welcome guest at festivals around the world. His chamber music partners include Emanuel Ax, Lisa Batiashvili, Yuri Bashmet, Christoph Eschenbach, Vilde Frang, Anna Fedorova, Gidon Kremer, Anne Sophie Mutter and Sir András Schiff.
An intensive and regular collaboration connects him with contemporary composers. In 2018 he performed the world premiere of Wolfgang Rihm's Double Concerto for 2 Cellos and Strings, as well as the world premiere of Eun Hwa Cho's Cello Concerto at the Seoul Arts Center together with the Korean Chamber Orchestra conducted by Christoph Poppen. With the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg conducted by Peter Tilling, he gave the Austrian premiere of Dai Fujikura's Cello Concerto. In 2020 he gave the world premiere of seven works composed for him by Howard Blake, Elena Kats Chernin, José Elizondo, Dai Fujikura, Geoffrey Gordon, Bongani Ndodana-Breen and Eric Tanguy. The premiere of a new cello concerto by Bongani Ndodana-Breen with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra is scheduled for 2021.
His CD recordings have been highly praised by the international press and nominated for the German Record Critics Award, among others. Recordings have been made in collaboration with artists such as Gidon Kremer, conductors Heinrich Schiff and Michael Sanderling, pianists Danae Dörken, Anna Fedorova and José Gallardo, and composers Wolfgang Rihm and Howard Blake.
Since 2014 Benedict Kloeckner has been Artistic Director of the "International Music Festival Koblenz" IMUKO, which he founded, where he organizes concerts with renowned artists such as Benjamin Grosvenor, Vilde Frang, Tianwa Yang, Boris Giltburg and the Munich and Georgian Chamber Orchestras.
Benedict Kloeckner received his artistic training with Prof. M. Ostertag, Prof. Frans Helmerson and Gary Hoffman at the Kronberg Academy, made possible by the Angela Winkler Scholarship. He received important impulses and valuable support for his artistic development from Gidon Kremer, Steven Isserlis, Michael Sanderling and Sir András Schiff. His first teachers were Gabriel Mesado and Martin Rummel.
Benedict Kloeckner plays the "Ex Maurice Gendron" cello by Francesco Rugeri (1680) on generous loan. He obtains his concert attire exclusively from DE FILIPO Uomo.


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