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Tuesday, 24th December 2013
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Conductor Seiji Ozawa makes music vow

World famous conductor Seiji Ozawa has vowed to continue conducting and teaching for as long as he possibly can, despite running into a number of health issues that have led him to focus his efforts on Japan in recent years.

The 78-year-old musician was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in January 2010, and underwent back surgery a year later, but the former director of the Vienna State Opera, del told Reuters he has no plans for retiring.

"I will continue doing everything I have always done - teaching and conducting orchestra until I die," he said.

Ozawa's trademark tenacity coupled with his flowing hair and Boston Red Sox tie have made him an international celebrity on the classical music scene.

He most recently conducted the Ravel opera, The Child and the Spells at the Saito Kinen Festival, which took place in the Japanese city of Matsumoto, and plans to go skiing towards the end of December.

Written by Mark Smith