Ozawa leads orchestra for first time in 3 years

The Japanese orchestra conductor Ozawa Seiji has lately been out of the spotlight. But now, he has delighted music fans by leading an orchestra for the first time in three years.

The Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival kicks off in central Japan this Friday with concerts to mark its 30th anniversary.

Ozawa won't be conducting during the festival. But he led an orchestra during a pre-opening performance without an audience.

He also shared his thoughts about his motivation. He said children and adults are suffering in the pandemic and wars and that he wants music to bring people together with a sense they all share the same planet.

The whole performance with Ozawa conducting will start streaming online at the beginning of next month.