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Yutaka Sado (AP)
Yutaka Sado's 'Conducts' His Debut
Posted: May 23, 2011
BERLIN (AP) -- Japanese conductor Yutaka Sado made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra during a regular concert here on May 20.

Sado, 50, led the prominent orchestra with passionate gestures, receiving a long ovation from the audience after the performance. The orchestra played a contemporary piece by Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu, and Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony.

Even after the members of the orchestra had left the stage, the applause from the audience would not stop, prompting the Japanese conductor to return to the stage for a bow.

After his successful debut, Sado commented that he had felt pressure, but was moved to tears by the warm applause of Berliners.

After winning the International Besancon Competition for Young Conductors in France in 1989, Sado, who is now based both in Berlin and Japan's Hyogo Prefecture, conducted various orchestras, mainly in Europe. He also serves as the artistic director of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center.

During a press conference after the performance, Sado said he believes a new door has opened for him through the experience with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

One of the many Japanese fans who flocked to the event praised the conductor, tearfully commenting, "I never could have been happier to see Mr. Sado make his childhood dream (of becoming the conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) come true."

The performance on the final day of the regular concert, scheduled to start at 8 p.m. on May 22 (3 a.m. on May 23 Japan time), will be broadcast live on Digital Concert Hall, Berlin Philharmonic's virtual concert venue on the Internet. The DVD of the final performance will also be released with its sales and royalties to be donated to the victims of the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

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