Photographer Nic Walker joined the Orchestra on their recent tour to Japan to some capture behind-the-scenes moment of the musicians exploring Tokyo:
Violinist Aiko took Principal Violinist Helena Rathbone to Tokyo’s Lion Café. Nestled in Shibuya, the unassuming café is a mecca for music lovers looking to indulge in a solitary moment together. The café is packed with CD’s, tapes and records, with tables are arranged like a train carriage facing forward, encouraging customers to engage with a towering custom-built speaker-system.
Cellist Melissa Barnard and violinist Maja Savnik stopped off in the inner-garden near the Meiji Shrine to get lost among nature. An escape from the nearby hustle of Shinjuku, the park’s immaculate themed gardens are a popular destination for locals and tourists to stroll through and unwind.
Violinists Glenn Christensen, Liisa Pallandi, Ilya Isakovich and cellist Timo-Veikko 'Tipi' Valve dove head first into Harajuku, exploring the stores, back alleys and tastes of Cat Street that have made the district famous internationally.
Principal Violin Satu Vänskä and Artistic Director Richard Tognetti showing that, even in the most unassuming locations, Tokyo always provides the perfect backdrop for a photo.
As night fell, violinist Ike See and Principal Bass Maxime Bibeau explored the neon paradise of Shinjuku, before ducking down a quiet alley to share dinner and some laughs with the locals.