TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announced today that it will hold its annual series of concerts, "Toyota Classics-A World of Harmony", for classical music fans in Asia from October 22 to November 4. The event will take place in seven cities, including Singapore, Manila and Taipei. The Manila concert will be held on October 24 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theatre. Joining the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra is most-awarded Filipino pianist, Jovianney Emmanuel Cruz.

This year's tour-the 17th since TMC began holding the concerts in 1990-continues to aim at contributing to the culture of music in Asia. The event will also be conducted in cooperation with Toyota distributors in Asia, with proceeds from each concert donated to local charities.

In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the 2006 Toyota Classics series will feature the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra performing a collection of Mozart's masterpieces and world-famous classical selections.

The orchestra will be under the direction of Maestro Tatsuya Shimono, an award-winning conductor recognized at the Tokyo International Music Competition and the Besanšon International Competition for Young Conductors in France.

The featured soloist will be flutist Ayako Takagi, one of the most acclaimed performers of her generation, whose numerous awards include grand prizes at the Japan Winds Competition. She has also performed extensively with various European orchestras including Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra and Ensemble Orchestral de Paris.

Moreover, the orchestra will perform pieces with local artists to encourage international exchange through music.

Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra

Founded on July 10, 1966. The present conductor lineup is Ryusuke Numajiri (Permanent Conductor), Ken'ichiro Kobayashi (Laureate Conductor), Moshe Atzmon (Honorary Conductor) and Bob Sakuma (Pops Orchestra Music Director). The orchestra has received the Tokai TV Cultural Prize (1990), the Aichi Prefecture Arts and Culture Prize (1991) and the Agency for Cultural Affairs Award for recording arts (1997).

Tatsuya Shimono (Conductor)

Mr. Shimono rose to prominence following his receipt of the first prize for conducting in the 12th Tokyo International Music Competition and the Hideo Saito award in 2000, and, in September 2001, first prize in the 47th Besanšon International Competition for Young Conductors. Since then, he has performed as guest conductor of many major orchestras of Japan as well as of the Strasbourg Phil (France), the Bordeaux Orchestra (France), the Cannes Orchestra (France), the Besanšon Phil (France) and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra (Austria), among others. In 2005 he participated in the La Folle Journée au Japon music festival and made a debut as guest conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi (Italy), which often led to repeat invitations.

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