Recently the NHK News On-line reported the following:
小澤征爾さん入院 １か月治療に専念 今月の公演は降板
Mr. Seiji Ozawa the international conductor was hospitalized, his heart valve did not function well and was diagnosed as having “Aortic valve stenosis ". It was said that it was possible to take approximately 1 month before being discharged, his conducting scheduled for this month was replaced in order to concentrate on treatment.
According to his office, Mr. Seiji Ozawa (82) complained about poor physical condition on the 27th and had received a check in a hospital last month, after that he was diagnosed as suffering from “aorta valve stricture" : his heart valve did not function well and the part which pumped blood to the whole body had become smaller.
While hospitalized, examination was done at the same time. In order to receive treatment after careful examination, it was said that there was the possibility of taking approximately 1 month before being discharged from the hospital.
Mr. Ozawa was scheduled to hold the “Ozawa Seiji Music School Opera Project” in Kyoto, Nagoya and Tokyo this month. On top of conducting for 4 time, he was supposed to talk in lectures for children, but all these were replaced and his conducting role had a substitute.
Mr. Ozawa commented that “I am really full of sorrow feelings. I deeply and sincerely apologize to the customer who was looking forward to the performance. For myself I feel very regrettable, in order to be able conduct in front of everybody, I would like to concentrate on treatment to encourage the recovery of my physical strength."
Mr. Ozawa is an internationally famous music conductor. I wish him a quick recovery from the ailment.