On February 14, Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania opened 100 year independence anniversary celebrations in Japan with a concert of Maestro Mr. Gidon Kremer and the chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica, that was followed by reception.
The concert was attended by His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince and Her Imperial Highness the Crown Princess of Japan, prominent members of the Parliament, Government, press, Japan’s cultural and business community, and diplomatic corps. During the speech Mr. Hirofumi Nakasone, Chairman of Japan-Latvia and Japan-Lithuania Parliamentary Friendship Group, congratulated three Baltic States with centennial. Mr. Nakasone praised the power of music and song in the process of regaining independence and stressed the importance of strengthening the cooperation between Japan and three Baltic countries.
Maestro Mr. Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica are well known in Japan – in 2009 Kremerata Baltica received Japan Praemium Imperiale grant for young artists and in 2016 Mr. Gidon Kremer received Japan Praemium Imperiale prize for lifetime contribution and achievements in music.
This concert marks the start of the celebrations in Japan of the 100th anniversary of the independence of Estonia and the Latvia and of the restoration of the State of Lithuania and will be followed by other festive events throughout the year.
Reception following the concert is part of the public diplomacy program of Latvia’s and Lithuania`s centennial and was organized by Embassy of Latvia in Japan, as well as the Embassy Estonia and the Embassy of Lithuania.