Japan’s Maestro Seiji Ozawa has decided to cancel his trip to Rolle in the canton of Vaud because of health conditions. His trip to Switzerland would’ve marked his return to Europe and allow him to participate at the Seiji Ozawa International Academy this month. The conductor has decided to stay in the country and participate only in local events.
Ozawa’s supposed trip to Rolle, Switzerland is the second straight cancelled trip causing him to miss participation in his academy. The maestro had a surgery back in 2010 because of cancer of the esophagus. In 2011, he was treated for hernia. Given his age and medical history, taking long flights are may impose some risks and are usually discouraged.
Although Maestro Ozawa will be missed by his academy’s students, classical music enthusiasts in Japan can still witness his performance on August 12 and September 7. The 77-year old conductor will be performing at the Saiton Kinen Music Festival in Matsumoto, Chubu. “Now he is rehearsing (in Japan), and he is fine,” according to the official who released the information regarding the cancellation of Ozawa’s trip. The famous annual classical music festival at the Nagano Prefecture every August and September was actually founded by the Maestro himself in 1992.