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Japanese engineer sought out by concert halls to shape sound

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By YURI KAGEYAMA

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I'll comment. Toyota-san's work on Suntory Hall was splendid, and that was in 1986 when he was just beginning to make his reputation in the world. It is a great hall to this day, one of the greatest concert halls of the world. It is always a delight for artists and audience alike to have the luxury of the great performances this wonderful hall incubates. Let us not forget Suntory's visionary chairman, Saji-san, who believed in Toyota's work and had the determination to pursue the project to completion despite the financial challenges the Suntory corporation was then suffering from the competition of shochu. Great concert halls are great achievements in part because so often they survive so many, so varied, so entrenched obstacles. Robert Rÿker Tokyo Sinfonia

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