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Japan conductor Seiji Ozawa diagnosed with cancer

Seiji Ozawa is widely known as Conducter.
Ozawa announced the illness at a news conference in Tokyo.
The 74-year-old Ozawa said a diagnosis of esophageal cancer is forcing him to cancel all of his performances for the next six months so that he can concentrate on treatment.
I love his music style and expect his soonest return and also hope his overcoming cancer. 
And taking up herewith Media News regarding Ozawa's illness.

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His biography is as follows;
Japanese conductor, Seiji Ozawa, was born on September 1, 1935 to Japanese parents in the city of Shenyang, China, while it was under Japanese occupation.
When his family returned to Japan in 1944, he began studying piano with Noboru Toyomasu, heavily studying the works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
After graduating from the Seijo Junior High School in 1950, Ozawa sprained his finger in a rugby game.
Unable to continue studying the piano, his teacher at the, the Toho Gakuen School of Music (Hideo Saito), brought Ozawa to a life-changing performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, which ultimately shifted his musical focus from piano performance to conducting.

Almost a decade after the sports injury, Ozawa won the first prize at the International Competition of Orchestra Conductors in Besancon, France.
His success in France led to an invitation by Charles Munch, then the music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, to attend the Berkshire Music Center (now the Tanglewood Music Center).
In 1960, shortly after his arrival, Ozawa won the Koussevitzky Prize for outstanding student conductor, Tanglewood’s highest honor.
Receiving a scholarship to study conducting with famous Austrian conductor, Herbert von Karajan, Ozawa moved to West Berlin.
Under the tutelage of von Karajan, Ozawa caught the attention of prominent conductor, Leonard Bernstein.
Bernstein then appointed him as assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic where he remained for the next four years.
While with the New York Philharmonic, he made his first professional concert appearance with the San Francisco Symphony in 1962.
In December 1962 Ozawa was involved in a controversy with the prestigious Japanese NHK Symphony Orchestra when certain players, unhappy with his style and personality, refused to play under him.
Ozawa went on to conduct the rival Japan Philharmonic Orchestra instead.
From 1964 to 1971, Seiji Ozawa served as the first music director of the Ravinia Festival, the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

By T.S. on Jan 9, 2010

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