The JSO tour of Japan - rave reviews!

November 29, 2016

The JSO tour of Japan – rave reviews!

The JSO tour of Japan - rave reviews!

The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra is currently on a very successful tour of Japan. Despite our flight cancellation due to the strike in El-Al, and two earthquakes as well during our tour - it proceeds according to plan, in front of full concert halls, amazing audiences and rave reviews!

Jewish Orchestra describes magnificent drama – Kanazawa International Music Festival in Kanazawa “Tomomi Nishimoto and Mahler” – Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra visits Japan for the first time

The Hokoku Shimbun had published a review on our concert at the city of Kanazawa. The review, discusses  Mahler's Symphony No. 5, one of the pieces performed, and praises the orchestra, particularly Japanese conductor Ms. Tomomi Nishimoto and cellist Dmitry Yablonsky who had left a lasting impression on all who attended the concert.





Passionate baton of Ms. Nishimoto – Performance of Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra – Aomori

(Touoh Nippo, regional newspaper in Aomori)

A great review of the performance of the conductor Nishimoto and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra took place on 22nd of November in Aomori.

Approximately 1300 audience fully enjoyed the performance of the female conductor and the distinguished orchestra which is one of representative orchestras in Israel.

A middle school student who came to the concert said “It was my first time to listen to the performance of an orchestra, and I was overwhelmed (in a good way).”



Orchestra from Jerusalem to tour Japan

(Nov. 16, Japan Times)


Classical music fans in Japan are set for a treat when the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra conducts its first tour of this country from Nov. 19 through Dec. 4.

Throughout its 80-year history as a leading orchestra, the JSO has played a crucial role in shaping the cultural climate of Israel.

Its colourful sound has attracted fans and musicians alike, as seen in the fact that some of the world’s most cherished artists have collaborated with the orchestra, including Polish-American pianist Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982), German-born American conductor Otto Klemperer (1885-1973), and violinists Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999) and Isaac Stern (1920-2001), to name just a few.

The meticulous performances of the orchestra’s string section stand out in particular, reflecting the strong Jewish tradition of playing such instruments.

Led by Russian conductor and cellist Dmitry Yablonsky on this occasion, the upcoming tour will feature various collaborations with Japanese musicians.

Conductor Tomomi Nishimoto is scheduled to perform at 10 concerts nationwide that will also feature the great Jewish composer Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. Additionally, she will collaborate with Yablonsky on Antonin Dvorak’s Cello Concerto.

Yablonsky will handle the baton in Tsu, Mie Prefecture, on Nov. 19 and in Tokyo on Nov. 24, where he’ll collaborate with well-known pianist Ingrid Fujiko Hemming.

In addition to the touring schedule, there will be a performance with a different program in Tokyo on Nov. 21 under the baton of Hisayoshi Inoue, who was a pupil of the late Israeli conductor Gary Bertini (1927-2005), the former musical director of the JSO.

“Traditionally, Jewish people love playing string instruments, especially the violin, and have passed on their skills for generations. There are so many prominent Jewish violinists,” Inoue says. “With various historical backgrounds and with the circumstances of the moment, many musicians have moved into Israel.”

Inoue will perform Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s magnificent yet rarely played Piano Concerto No. 2 with up-and-coming Japanese pianist Tomohiro Adachi.

“I was very inspired by our performing together. It was really worth going,” says Adachi, who was in Jerusalem a couple of days for the rehearsals. “It’s a big challenge for me, but I will do my very best to perform this extraordinary concerto with the JSO in Japan.”

Nishimoto spent several days in Jerusalem conducting the JSO earlier this month. She visited the Old City district and says, “While passing the many pilgrims, I recognised people’s feelings and could look back on human history.”

It’s a sentiment she hopes to convey to her audience on the Japan tour.

The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra will perform in Tokyo on Nov. 21, 24 and 29, as well as in Tsu, Mie Prefecture, on Nov. 19, Yokohama on Nov. 20, Aomori on Nov. 22, Sendai on Nov. 23, Niigata on Nov. 25, Kanazawa on Nov. 27, Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, on Nov. 28, Takamatsu on Dec. 1, Shunan, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on Dec. 3 and Osaka on Dec. 4. Tickets range in price from ¥5,000 to ¥15,000. For more information, call Tempo Primo at 03-5810-7772 or visit or



Conductor Ms. Nishimoto to perform with Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra which will be visiting Japan – Israel

(Nov. 11th, Jiji)

The article introduces the performance of Ms. Nishimoto and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra took place on Nov. 12th in Jerusalem.



Wishing to deliver scent of winds from the holy place – Ms. Tomomi Nishimoto to conduct Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra on 25th in Niigata – challenging masterpiece of Mahler

(Niigata Nippo, regional newspaper in Niigata)


Tomomi Nishimoto to conduct Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra at their first performance in Japan (Oct. 21st, Article on Ticket Pia’s website)

Japanese conductor Tomomi Nishimoto talks how much she’s excited about conducting the orchestra and going to Israel.




'I have conducted more 30 orchestras around the world, but his is a dream come true, and I will be conducting one of Israel's leading orchestras', says Nishimoto. 'The encounter with Mahler's Fifth is important for me. It's a beloved piece, and the Jewish orchestra carries a special meaning - I would like for the players to play for each other, to share the piece, and to create a chemical reaction. I expect an experience that would transcend all expectations.


Tomomi Nishimoto, the traveling conductor – “I want to bring back indescribable things, such as local atmosphere and wings, to Japan”

(Asahi, Masahide Hayashi *writer specialized in music)

-Ms. Nishimoto talks how she’s excited about performing with Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra as well as visiting Israel for the first time for the performance.