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Friday, 27th September 2013
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Seiji Ozawa achieves global award

Musical virtuoso and Japanese national treasure Seiji Ozawa has been recognised by the US with a Global Citizen Award for his "inspirational and historic contributions to the arts".

Victor Chu, chairman of the first eastern investment group, who presented the award, described him as a "Japanese national treasure as well as an international treasure."

"Tonight we salute him for his timeless contribution to educating young musicians," he added.

Mr Ozawa has been recognised as a vocal advocate for the arts over the decades and lists his stint as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 29 years as one of his finest achievements.

The 78-year-old conductor was not able to attend the ceremony in New York due to health reasons, but said he was pleased to receive the accolade and added that it would be good not only for him, but also for the classical genre in general.

He has vowed to spend his remaining time on this earth inspiring young musicians.

Written by Mark Smith

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