Open a new door
Although humanity can learn from history, there are still many difficulties in the world.
However, we can still have hope, because the Human Being has a heart and art nourishes hearts. I don’t know if the music itself can represent hope, but I’m sure it can convey it. In any case, we can believe it and this belief can be a key to open a new door.
In music, keys indicate tone and harmonies. Each indication brings a value to the note. Current times lead us to relearn the harmony of music. If we look at the etymology of the word harmony, «ἁρμονία», we find the word «union». I would like to continue to hope that it will be possible to reconnect things and human beings.
In 2020, for the Olympic Games in Japan, I did a gigantic job with the Tokyo Philharmonic Choir: recording hymns from around the world. When I finished this mission, I realized there’s no border on Earth. It was a feeling, of course. People can draw lines and make separations to find their identity and promote understanding between peoples. But separations also create conflicts. I think it would be great not only to divide to separate, but also and especially to exchange and share. Not just dividing the Earth, but sharing it among all.
We can open a new door to a new world, and that is my wish for this new season.
During my seventh year as Musical Director, we will work with great conductors and soloists and offer you exceptional programs. You will discover exciting projects. The «Mozart in Monaco» Festival that we initiated last season, and which received a nice welcome will be renewed. Daniel Lozakovich, a young and extraordinary musician, will be our Artist in Residence. He was born in the 21st century, and being only 21 years old, he’s a kind of genius. He has a fabulous technique. His playing is marked by a lyricism full of sensitivity, and will bring us fresh air through his interpretations.
I am particularly attached to my first appearance in the series «Young Public». I am looking forward to talking with the younger generations about this extremely interesting «Terre de Joie» project! More than ever, OPMC will focus on educational programs.
I am glad that the last seasons have shown a certain musical accomplishment. Our relationship with the public is growing stronger and we hope that you will continue to support our activity and share beautiful musical moments with us.
Together, let’s open this new door!