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Japan's Ozawa vows to weave musical spell as long as health holds

By Junko Fujita TOKYO (Reuters) - Seiji Ozawa, one of the world's most famous music conductors, said on Thursday he intended to keep going for years to come, despite frustration that recent ill-health has prevented him from being as active as he used to be. Ozawa, 78, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in January 2010, which was followed by lower back surgery in January 2011, and has since concentrated his activities in Japan.

Japan maestro Ozawa to skip lessons in Switzerland

Acclaimed Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa has pulled out of a trip to Switzerland that was to mark his return to the podium in Europe after years of poor health, an official told AFP Thursday. The 77-year-old maestro had planned to take part in lessons at the Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland in Rolle, starting June 22. But he has decided to cancel the plan as his condition would not allow him to "take such long flights", said the official at his office in Tokyo. This was his second straight cancellation of annual lessons at the academy.

Seiji Ozawa: a life in music from moped to maestro

More than fifty years ago, a wiry young musician from a humble family slung his guitar on his back and boarded a cargo ship in Japan. Seiji Ozawa had pestered companies all over the country for sponsorship that would fund his voyage to Europe and help fulfil his dream of learning classical music in the place of its birth. Only one firm -- Fuji Heavy Industries -- was prepared to take a gamble on this precociously talented young man, supplying a moped to help him get around the continent.

Japan maestro Ozawa says he has time 'given by God'

Acclaimed Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa said Wednesday he wants to use the time he "has been given by God" after surviving cancer to teach the next generation of musicians. The 77-year-old, who underwent surgery for cancer of the oesophagus in 2010 and was treated for a hernia in 2011, said he will invite 24 of Asia's most talented young string players to attend his chamber music academy in Japan.

Conductor Seiji Ozawa to take up baton in August

Tokyo, Feb 19 (EFE).- Orchestra conductor Seiji Ozawa, who cancelled his appearances almost a year ago because of his poor state of health, will return to the podium in August at a festival in the central Japanese city of Matsumoto, NHK television reported Tuesday. Ozawa will direct the opera "L'Enfant et les Sortileges" by French composer Maurice Ravel as a featured part of the event, organizers of the Saito Kinen Classical Music Festival told NHK.

Japanese maestro Ozawa to make August comeback

Acclaimed Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa is to return to the podium this year, officials said Tuesday, after more than a year out of the limelight during his battle with cancer. The 77-year-old maestro, who underwent surgery for oesophagus cancer in 2010 and was treated for a hernia in 2011, said in March last year he would take a year off to concentrate on his recovery.

Japan maestro Ozawa to make comeback in August

TOKYO, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Seiji Ozawa, Japan's most famous conductor, is set to make a comeback in August at a music festival after taking more than a year off to recover from a spell of bad health that included bouts of pneumonia. The former Vienna State Opera music director, 77, who before that was conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in January 2010 and completed treatment later that year.
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