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INFORMATION

June 4, 2019
The 21st MUSIC FESTIVAL Argerich's Meeting Point in Beppu has completed all its programs.
We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the audience and those who are concerned.
We hope for your continued support and cooperation to the activities of Argerich Arts Foundation.
June 3, 2019
The 101st Pinocchio Concert was held at the official residence of the Ambassador of Switzerland in the Swiss Embassy, Tokyo.
After the concert, an artists' talk show was held. Ms. Martha Argerich and Ms. Kyoko Ito talked to the audience about the purpose of the Pinocchio Concert project for their better understanding.
[Program]
W. A. Andante & 5 Variations for Piano 4 hands in G major K.501
M. Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye
Martha Argerich (piano), Kyoko Ito (piano)

June 2, 2019
"Special Quartet - The attraction of string instrument" was held at Heiwa Shimin Koen Noh Theater, Oita City, the first venue for the Music Festival.
Special performances by Japanese master musicians were displayed on the solemn stage.

June 1, 2019
The Open Cello Master Class was held with highly esteemed, top Japanese cellist Ms. Kaeko Mukoyama at Argerich's Haus. The audience watched her careful teaching attentively.

May 31, 2019
The Chamber Music Concert was held at B-Con Plaza, Beppu City, the base of the Music Festival.
Japanese artists who are active inside and outside Japan, Mr. Baborák from Czech and Ms. Argerich gave sublime performances. In addition, the audience enjoyed the Special Family Program, unique to the Music Festival.
[Encores]
F. Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No.1 in d-flat minor op.49 3rd movement
Martha Argerich (piano), Yasushi Toyoshima (violin), Kaeko Mukoyama (cello)
M. Ravel: Ma Mère l‘Oye Piano 4 hands version III. Laideronnette, impératrice des pagodes
Marth Argerich (piano), David Chen (piano)

May 28, 2019
The concerts jointly produced by the Beppu Argerich Music Festival and the Mito Chamber Orchestra (concerts related to the Music Festival) were held at Art Tower Mito on the 26th and 28th. Both of the concerts ended full of excitement.
[Encores]
26th,
Schumann/Liszt: Widmung (Dedication) from Schuman's "Myrthen" op.25-1
Schumann: Kinderszenen op.15-1 Von fremden Ländern und Menschen
Martha Argerich (piano)
28th,
Schumann: Fantasiestücke op.73
Martha Argerich (piano), Radek Baborák (horn)

May 26, 2019
Musicians soaring on the international scene Vol.5 Fumiya Koido Piano Recital was held at Argerich's Haus. The young promising musician gave beautiful and expressive performances.
[Encores]
Scriabin: Deux poemes op.32
Beethoven: 6 Bagatellen in G major,op.126-5

May 24, 2019
Japan Life Insurance Company presents Pinocchio support concert "Argerich performs Beethoven" - the 100st anniversary Pinocchio Concert was held at Tokyo Opera City.
The Emperor Emeritus and Empress Emerita attended the concert.
After the concert, the hall was filled with standing ovation and sustained applause by a capacity audience up to the balcony who were so moved by the performances full of passion and beauty by our General Director Ms. Martha Argerich, Maestro Seiji Ozwa, and the Mito Chamber Orchestra.
[Encores]
R. Schuman: Kinderszenen op.15-1 Von fremden Ländern und Menschen
J. S. Bach: Englische Suiten Nr.3 g-moll BWV 808 5.Gavotte I

May 19, 2019
A Community Concert "Mischa Maisky Cello Recita" was held at Granz Taketa in Taketa City, one of the Music Festival's information centers: Chevalier. Mr. Mischa Maisky, Advisory Committee of the Music Festival, and his daughter Ms. Lily Maisky gave soulful performances. Responding to the voice of bravo and all the audience's standing ovation, they gave six encores.
[Encores]
Rentaro Taki: The Moon over the Ruined Castle (arranged by Rikuya Terashima)
Saint Saens: Aria: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix from the opera Samson et Dalila
Debussy: Préludes Livre 1. 12 Minstrels
Kreisler: Liebesleid
Bartok Romanian Folk Dances
Rachmaninoff: Vocalise

May 19, 2019
The Future Project was held at "Shiiki presents Argerich's Haus".
Novelist Mr. Keiichiro Hirano talked about Beethoven, the theme of this year's Music Festival.
Mr. Hirano kindly responded to questions from the attendants after his lecture, making it a fun time for them.
The regular program "My favorite piece" was:
Beethoven String Quartet No.14 in C# minor, op.131 the first movement

May 18, 2019
Best of Best Series Vol.7 Orchestra Concert was held at iichiko Grand Theater in Oita City.
Under the baton of Maestro Charles Dutoit, Mr. Mischa Maisky, Ms. Martha Argerich (General Director of the Music Festival) and Tokyo College of Music Symphony Orchestra performed. The capacity audience gave a grand applause with the voice of bravo.
[Encores]
J.S. Bach : Unaccompanied Cello Suite No.1 Prelude
F. Chopin : Introduction and Polonaise brillante ( for Violoncello and Piano) in C major, op.3
F. Chopin : Cello Sonata 3rd movement Largo

May 12, 2019
Opening of the Beppu Argerich Music Festival in Oita Prefecture!
The Concert by Young Musicians of Oita Prefecture was held today.
Starting with a fanfare by the brass band of Oita Prefectural Beppu Shosei High School and the opening address by the Mayor of Beppu, Mr. Nagano, ten artists in seven groups who are closely connected with Oita Prefecture displayed fresh performances. Having an audience of over three hundred, the concert was a great success celebrating the opening of the Music Festival in the main venues in Oita.

May 8, 2019
The 21st Beppu Argerich Music Festival has begun!
Japan-Korea Cultural Exchange Special Concert Vol.6 in Seoul, MUSIC FESTIVAL Argerich's Meeting Point in Beppu
The concert was held at Seoul Arts Center (Seoul, Korea) from 20:00 on May 7, 2019. The concert was a great success with a capacity audience of 2,500.
[Encore]
3rd Movement from Mozart Sonata for Two Pianos in D major K.448

April 17, 2019
For the digest page of the Music Festival, - click here -
March 29, 2019
Yu Kosuge (piano) will join the Chamber Music Concert on Friday, May 31.
She will participate in the Beppu Argerich Music Festival for the first time.
L. v. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.21 C-Major, op.53 "Waldstein"
L. v. Beethoven: Seven Variations in E-flat major on "Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen" from Die Zauberflote by Mozart, WoO. 46
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March 18, 2019
[ Important Notice ]
Concert in Tokyo on May 24 (Fri.)
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March 12, 2019
The 21st MUSIC FESTIVAL Argerich's Meeting Point in Beppu 2019 advertisement - Click here.
March 11, 2019
The date of Japan-Korea Cultural Exchange Special Concert in Seoul Vol.6 MUSIC FESTIVAL Argerich's Meeting Point in Beppu has been changed!

The date of the concert has been changed to Tuesday, May 7.
Doors: 19:30 Starts: 20:00
Place: Seoul Arts Center
Organized by: CREDIA
http://www.clubbalcony.com(Details are explained in Hangul.)
For the information on the concert, click here.-->

Mr. Fumiya Koido, who was awarded the Argerich Arts Foundation Prize and is going to perform at the 21st Beppu Argerich Music Festival, won First Prize at the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition in the UK.
February 25, 2019
< Planned program for the Chamber Music Concert on May 31 >
One piece has been decided as follows:
R. Schumann: Fantasiestücke op.73
Martha Argerich (piano), Radek Baborák (horn)

* For a piano trio, either of the follow two pieces will be performed. (planned)
F. Mendelssohnn: Piano Trio No.2 in C minor op.66
Or
L. v. Beethoven: Piano Trio No.5 in D major op.70 No.1 "Ghost"
Martha Argerich (piano), Yasushi Toyoshima (violin), Kaeko Mukoyama (cello)

We will let you know other pieces (including the planned ones) to be performed on our website as soon as they have been decided.
February 5, 2019
Press conference for the 21st MUSIC FESTIVAL Argerich's Meeting Point in Beppu was held at the Oita Prefectural Government building.

To see the schedule for the 21st MUSIC FESTIVAL, click here - Programs
To get tickets of the 21st MUSIC FESTIVAL, click here - Ticket Information
January 1, 2019
A Happy New Year!
We sincerely appreciate your support over the past year, and look forward to your continuous support in the coming year.
We wish you good health and happiness.

January 1, 2019
From all the staff members of Argerich Arts Foundation
December 18, 2018
A Pinocchio Concert was held at the official residence of the Japanese Ambassador to Italy in Rome City. After the concert Ms. Argerich and Ms. Kyoko Ito gave a press conference to communicate the objective of the Pinocchio Project.

December 16, 2018
MUSIC FESTIVAL Argerich's Meeting Point in Rome to promote relations between Rome and Oita was held at Auditorium Parco della Musica. Before the concert, the Oita Fair was held at Spazio Risonanze in the venue to introduce Oita and our Music Festival to the people in Rome. In the concert at Santa Cecilia Hall, Ms. Argerich and other artists charmed an audience of 2,800.
(Encore) From Saint-Saëns: Le carnaval des animaux

December 4, 2018
Oita Prefecture Fair will be held before the concert: MUSIC FESTIVAL Argerich's Meeting Point in Rome for exchanges between Oita and Rome on December 16 (Sun.).
- Click here ( PDF written in Italian )
December 1, 2018
The 2018-2019 Chamber Music Series "What Beethoven weaves" Vol.8 Michie Koyama & Yoshiko Kawamoto Duo Recital was held at "Shiiki presents Argerich's Haus," following the previous week. The artists gave soulful performances.
(Encores)
J. Brahms: 11 Choralvorspiele op.122 8. Es ist ein 'Ros' entsprungen
L. Harline: When You Wish upon a Star
F. Chopin: Mazurka No.45 op.67-4
E. Elgar: Salut d'amour

November 26, 2018
The 2018-2019 Chamber Music Series "What Beethoven weaves" Vol.7 Sayaka Shoji & Yu Kosuge Duo Recital was held at "Shiiki presents Argerich's Haus."
Splendid performances were presented in a space where the artists and the audience were closely connected.
(Encore)
R. Schumann: Violin Sonata F.A.E 2nd movement Intermezzo

November 3, 2018
Ms. Kyoko Ito, General Producer of the Beppu Argerich Music Festival, received the 77th Nishinippon Cultural Award for her achievements to develop the Music Festival and connect the outlaying city in Japan and the global music sphere.
November 1, 2018
General Director Ms. Martha Argerich received the Commendatore of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic from President Sergio Mattarella on October 24.
October 11, 2018
Their Imperial Highnesses The Crown Prince and Crown Princess, who visited Oita to attend the opening ceremony of the 33rd National Cultural Festival Oita 2018 and the 18th National Disabled Art and Cultural Festival Oita 2018, visited the 92nd Pinocchio Concert held at "Shiiki presents Argerich's Haus" on October 7.
Seventy-eight people including the fifth and sixth graders from Myojo Elementary School and their parents and teachers attended and Ms. Kyoko Ito gave a performance and talk.
After the concert, The Crown Prince and Crown Princess asked the children about their impression of the concert and their school like. The Prince and Princess gave the staff members warm words including "This is a nice hall." and "Please carefully keep it."

September 20, 2018
The record of the 20th anniversary MUSIC FESTIVAL Argerich's Meeting Point in Beppu has been posted
- Click here.
September 2, 2018
The 20th anniversary of MUSIC FESTIVAL Argerich's Meeting Point in Beppu, Concert in Rome
"MUSIC FESTIVAL Argerich's Meeting Point in Rome - for exchanges between Rome and Oita"  - Click here.
August 12, 2018
Shiiki presents Argerich's Haus Concert LINEUP (November 2018 to March 2019)
March 18, 2018
The 20th anniversary MUSIC FESTIVAL Argerich's Meeting Point in Beppu 2018 advertisement - Click here.
February 26, 2018
Sales information about the 19th Music Festival live recording DVD WITH BENEFITS! - Click here
November 3, 2016
Ms. Martha Argerich, President of Argerich Arts Foundation, was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by the Government of Japan for decorations on foreign nationals in the autumn of 2016. The decoration was awarded for the achievements of her music activities for forty-six years in Japan since her first visit, and for contributions to the development of music culture and promotion of friendship and goodwill in Japan, which are also activities of the Argerich Arts Foundation. Her receiving the decoration is a great honor for our Foundation. We would like to share this joy with you.
August 21, 2016
We have posted an essay titled "Bridge to the Future" (written by Kyoko Ito).
To read the essay, click here.
June 24, 2016
It was announced on June 23 that Ms. Martha Argerich, President of Argerich Arts Foundation, will receive the Kennedy Center Honors that praises achievements made in the cultural and art field in the US. The award ceremony will be held on December 4 at the White House. The ceremony that marks the 39th anniversary this year will be broadcast all over the US on December 29.
February 13, 2015
For "Shiiki presents Argerich's Haus," click here.
Past Information - click here.


Meeting Point --

The official name: MUSIC FESTIVAL Argerich's Meeting Point in Beppu represents our wish to share the thought that
“Music does not stand alone, but is always with people.”

Fostering --

What we can do for children,
looking ahead to the next one hundred years.

Special Cooperation
Oita Bank
Cooperation
Nippon Life Insurance Company
Kawano Neurosugical Hospital
Canon
JR Kyushu
Konpiragu
iichiko