The Tokyo Sinfonia is dedicated to presenting programmes to raise the standard of performance, encourage the next generation, and develop new audiences for music.
In 2006, Maestro Rÿker established the Tokyo Sinfonia, a string orchestra of highly talented young Japanese musicians. Under his baton, the Tokyo Sinfonia has attracted new, dedicated audiences to such venues as Oji Hall in Ginza, Nagoya’s Munetsugu Hall, the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan, the Golden Hall of the Tokyo Masonic Centre, and the Great Hall of the Russian Embassy.
Maestro Rÿker and the Tokyo Sinfonia plan a full calendar of hallmark concerts. In Ginza’s Oji Hall, a series of symphonies and concerti for strings features seminal contributions to the repertoire in the masterful arrangements of Robert Rÿker. In the foreign correspondents’ club in Yurakucho, an attractive and accessible series of dinner-concert serenades combines a nation’s great music with its traditional cuisine.
The String Orchestra is a vital, sensitive, gorgeous sounding ensemble. There is a dearth of major compositions for string orchestras around which to build compelling concert programmes. On the other hand, great composers have written major works for quintets and other ensembles of strings.
Conductor/composer Robert Rÿker has ingeniously scored a central corpus of magnificent chamber music masterpieces for a full string orchestra to fill this void. The results are splendid. A special series of concerts in the elegant ambiance and intimate acoustics of Oji Hall regularly features Robert Rÿker conducting the Tokyo Sinfonia in world premieres of these magnificent symphonies for strings.
The concert series featuring symphonies is supported by a complementary series featuring maestro Rÿker’s presentations of concerti. The inaugural concert featured principals of the Tokyo Sinfonia in concerted works for violin, viola, violoncello, and contrabass. The program shows off the excellence of the strings and provides a spotlight on the talented players who lead each section. The series has included a rare programme featuring the singing sound of saxophone with the 19 strings of the Tokyo Sinfonia.
Following each performance, the audience is invited to the lobby to enjoy a glass of Champagne and chat with the conductor, soloists and members of the orchestra. It makes for a memorable evening to recharge the emotional batteries and remind yourself that the world is indeed full of genuine beauty. Rÿker Associates is proud to present this addition to the musical repertoire for the enjoyment and benefit of the world of music in general, and the musical audience of Tokyo in particular.