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Concert and talk -- Ensemble Raro Habsburg and chamber music

2014-10-1 (Wed) 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Since last academic year, Osaka University's Graduate School of Letters has implemented a program for cultivating personnel for art management "Art Festival II: voice to the voiceless, voice to that which is everywhere, and give voice to my voice." As part of this art festival, "Concert and Talk: Ensemble Raro -- Habsburg and chamber music" will be held on Wednesday, October 1. Citizens selected from applicants are involved in its planning, implementation, and management as festival fellows.
Ensemble Raro is a piano quartet which has developed since its piano performances of last year performed under the theme of "Habsburg-inspired sound" made it quite well-known in the world.
This chamber music concert and talk has invited Ensemble Raro, a quartet consisting of young musicians, one from Austria, one, Latvia, one, Russia, and one, Romania, and has been seen as an embodiment of the expanded culture of the capital Vienna.
If the Ensemble Raro's sound is completed as a mixture of different sounds, their music can be said to be "Viennese"; however, chamber music also has an aspect of homophonic art made with homogeneous musical instruments. In that sense, Habsburg chamber music can be said to be a paradoxical music produced from a balance between the heterogeneity and homogeneity.
In this event, together with music performance of pieces made by musicians for the Habsburg family such as Schubert, Mahler, and Dvořák, Dr. Ito will talk about music from the above-mentioned viewpoint.
Performers including HEDENBORG Naoki, a member of Ensemble Raro and is active as a cellist in the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, will also speak.
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 1
Doors open at 18:30.
Venue: SAJI Keizo Memorial Hall, 10th floor, Osaka University Nakanoshima Center, 4-3-53 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka
No fees will be charged for attending this symposium.
Registration is necessary.
All seats are unreserved.
Space is limited to first 150 people.
Please note that this event is not intended for children of preschool age and younger.
Making Application
Application will be accepted online or by email at
Entitle your email "Application for Habsburg Chamber Music." Please send your name, The name of the person in charge of the group, your telephone number, and the number of participants.
Application deadline: Tuesday, September 23, 20:00.
Applications will be accepted until all openings are filled.
Admission tickets will be distributed from 17:30. Successful applications must receive the admission tickets before entering the venue.

All spots have been filled. Registration is now finished.
For more information, contact:

Art Festival Human Resources, Development Office, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University

Ensemble Raro

Ensemble Raro, piano quartet -- HEDENBORG Naoki (chello), Alexander SITKOVETSKY (violin),
Razvan POPOVICI (viola), Diana KETLER (piano)
ITO Nobuhiro, Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University; musicologist

Songs to be played

  • String Trio No.1 in B flat major, D471, F. Schubert
  • Fragment eines Klavierquartettsatz, G. Mahler
  • Piano Quartet No.1 D major, Op.23, A. Dvořák

The above program may be subject to some modification.

Ensemble Raro
The piano quartet of young musicians aims to integrate rich tradition of chamber music in Europe with innovative approaches. Since the forming of the group in 2004, the group has been active in music festivals in Europe, enjoying great success. The performance recorded by Bavarian Radio was broadcast in the world, including in Japan. They were invited to perform at the Wiener Konzerthaus in 2009 and at Carnegie Hall in 2010, receiving a high evaluation.
ITO Nobuhiro
Born in Kyoto City in 1960. Graduate of the School of Letters, Osaka University. Doctor's degree in literature from Osaka University. He served as a visiting researcher at Liszt Academy and assistant professor at the Course for School Teachers, Osaka Kyoiku University. Following that, since 2010, he has been a professor at the Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University. His specialties are the history of music and ethnomusicology.
Sponsored by: Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University, Center for the Study of Communication-Design, Osaka University; Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University; Museum of Osaka University
In cooperation with: The Phoenix Hall, Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co.,Ltd; Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University
Supported by: 2014-15 Program for cultivating personnel for art festivals in cooperation with theaters, concert halls, and art museums, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Culture and Art Promotion Project using Universities

Date: 2014-10-1 (Wed) 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

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