Yesterday, Monday, September 19, YOSHIKI–songwriter, drummer/percussionist, classically-trained pianist and the creative force of the rock group X JAPAN announced a special concert event presented by Knitting Factory. “YOSHIKI CLASSICAL Special Featuring Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra” The special classical performance will take place on, January 12 and 13, 2017 at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage in New York City. Tickets, priced at $105/ $85/ $75/ $65/ $55/ $40, will be available at 11am (EST) on September 29th at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling Carnegie Charge at 212-247-7800 and Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.
“I began taking piano lessons and music theory at age four, and became interested in classical works by Beethoven and Schubert,” explains YOSHIKI. “In elementary school, I played the trumpet in the brass band, and around age ten started composing songs for piano. I’ve been writing classical music ever since. Needless to say, classical music has been a major influence in my musical career, including X Japan. I was fortunate enough to play Madison Square Garden 2 years ago with my band X Japan. Now I’m playing Carnegie Hall as a pianist with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, which was another dream of mine. Words can’t describe how honored I am to be performing at such a prestigious venue with an amazing orchestra“
For the Carnegie Hall concert, YOSHIKI will perform his original compositions alongside the world-renowned Tokyo Philharmonic; he will also play several traditional Classical pieces. The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra was named one of the Top 10 greatest orchestras in the world by CNN in 2015. This Classical concert will also take place in Japan and Hong Kong.
YOSHIKI CLASSICAL SPECIAL WORLD TOUR:
Japan -Presented By UDO Artists, Inc.-
DEC 5TH (Mon): OSAKA Castle Hall
DEC 6th (Tue): Tokyo International Forum
DEC 7th (Wed): Tokyo International Forum
DEC 8 (Thu): Tokyo International Forum
For Ticket and information, please visit www.udo.jp
Hong Kong -Present By Big Honor Entertainment-
DEC 29th (Thu) Hong Kong Asia World Expo
For Tickets and information, please visit: www.puffinent.net
YOSHIKI composed a piano concerto and performed it with a 77-piece orchestra to celebrate the tenth year of the Emperor of Japan’s reign in 1999. In 2015, he composed the theme song and conducted the Super World Orchestra at the opening ceremony of the World Expo. In 2012, Yoshiki composed the official theme song for the Golden Globes®. His classical concerts in 2014 captivated crowds earning him standing ovations and sold out shows in over 10 countries as he performed classical versions of X JAPAN songs and popular rock tracks with a string sextet live on stage, as well as some traditional Classical pieces. His album, YOSHIKI CLASSICAL debuted at #1 on the iTunes Classical Music chart in 10 countries around the world. Pianist MagazineravedYOSHIKI CLASSICAL a “true labor of love from a talented artist who’s made an impressive mark within the classical and rock genres.” The album featured performances by YOSHIKI as both the composer and pianist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra. Produced by YOSHIKI, the album two songs that were produced by the legendary Beatles producer
Sir George Martin.