Richard Roberts Violin Serenade Champagne Concert ~ Tokio, Oji Hall, Oct. 31


Richard Roberts, eminent Solo Concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, will appear with the Tokyo Sinfonia Wednesday evening, Oct. 31, in a richly varied programme of solo works for the violin.

Roberts has served for over three and a half decades as First Solo Concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, following his previous appointment as a Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra. In addition to his frequent performances as a soloist with the Montreal Symphony, he has appeared as guest soloist with the orchestras of Cleveland, Detroit, Edmonton, Melbourne, Minneapolis, Toronto, and elsewhere around the globe.

He was featured as a guest soloist with the Tokyo Sinfonia last year in a programme of romantic violin concertos by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Ludwig Spohr, and Robert Schumann.

Richard Roberts has served as a jurist for international violin competitions throughout Europe and America. An internationally acclaimed pedagogue, he has held teaching posts on the faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music, l’Academie Internationale de Flaine, Conservatoire de Musique du Quebec, Domaine Forget, Indiana University, the University of Maryland, McGill University, the University of Minnesota, and Northwestern University.

He has presented masterclasses at l’Academie Internationale de France, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, the Meadowmount School, the National Orchestra Institute, Northwestern University, the Royal Conservatory of Music, and the University of California at Los Angeles. In Tokyo, he will present a special masterclass Saturday afternoon, Oct. 27, at Yamano Music in Ginza. Enquiries may be made through Yamano Music

This is Richard Roberts’ second performance with the Tokyo Sinfonia.  His beautifully-rounded programme includes a survey of great works from four nations of Europe — Austria, Czech, France, and Spain.
The sunny side of the violin will be represented by Mozart’s singing Violin Concerto No 2 in D Major; the romantic side by Dvorak’s heart-felt Romance for Violin. The virtuoso violinist is challenged by Vieuxtemp’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, and Sarasate’s Airs Espagnoles dances. Robert Ryker conducts.

You can meet Richard Roberts personally following the performance too, during the artists and audience champagne reception in the lobby.


Sinfonia Plus champagne concert series No. 34
Oji Hall (Ginza)
Oct. 31, Wednesday evening from 19:00 – doors open 18:30

Mozart – Impresario Overture, K. 486
Mozart – Concerto No. 2 in D Major for Violin & Strings, K. 211
Dvorak – Romance in F Minor for Violin & Strings
Vieuztemps – Concerto No. 5 in A Minor for Violin & Strings
Sarasate – Airs Espagnoles for Violin & Strings

Artists & audience champagne reception

Supported by

Embassy of Canada

The Tokyo Sinfonia’s Richard Roberts Violin Serenade will be another delightful voyage of discovery. It all deserves to be played. It all demands to be heard. It’s always special, moving, and memorable. Magical.

Do join us. And bring a friend to enjoy it with you.

See you at the Sinfonia!

With every good wish from
Robert Ryker and the Tokyo Sinfonia


Single ¥5,500 • Group (2 or more) ¥5,000 each • Students (ID) ¥2,500


Tel (03) 3588 0738

You can indeed order tickets using the convenience of peatix or paypal. You may also contact the Tokyo Sinfonia directly by phone or by emailing us at so we can look after you personally.

Families may wonder if they can bring young children to hear the great violinist Richard Roberts perform. We often get that.

If your children are old enough to play an instrument — three or so — they are very welcome to attend Tokyo Sinfonia performances. Our conductor adds: if the mother is willing, he is willing.

Of course an afternoon nap helps.

Maestro Ryker delights in young people, and is always ready to take a moment for a photo together. Richard Roberts is equally kind and gracious. So are the 19 players of the Tokyo Sinfonia. Try us.

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