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Wednesday, 3rd November 2010
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Japanese conductor honoured by orchestra

Conductor Seiji Ozawa has been made an honorary member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

The orchestra is currently touring Japan and its chairman presented Mr Ozawa with his membership certificate in a ceremony held at Tokyo's Suntory Hall.

As the orchestra toured Japan, its chairman Clemens Hellsberg handed the 75-year-old maestro a certificate of honorary membership in a ceremony at Tokyo's Suntory Hall.

"As a token of our love for Mr Ozawa, we present you with this honour," said chairman Clemens Hellsberg.

"We wish that this honour will help you, the maestro, get better as much as possible."

Mr Ozawa was diagnosed with cancer at the start of the year and has made a few brief appearances since starting treatment. However, the conductor explained he is hoping to gradually return to regular performances.

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra will play eight concerts in Japan in the cities of Tokyo, Kawaguchi, Kawasaki, Nishinomiya and Miyaza.

Written by Susan Ballion.