Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Another death in the family

Hiroyuki Iwaki died yesterday in Japan. He was the Chief Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for 15 years, was appointed their first Conductor Laureate in 1990, and celebrated his 30th year with the orchestra in 2003. His name is well-known in Melbourne, and the auditorium at the ABC studios in Southbank is named after him.

In the words of the MSO's Managing Director, Trevor Green:
Maestro Iwaki was one of the great architects, a builder of the present Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Many of our finest musicians were appointed by him during his years as Chief Conductor and his musical stamp on the Orchremains today. This will be the real legacy that he leaves for us all in perpetuity.

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