Seiji Ozawa has cancer, expects to conduct again after six months
Seiji Ozawa, one of the biggest names in classical music for decades, "said Thursday that he has esophageal cancer and will cancel his concerts for the next six months to focus on treatment," the New York Times reports.
The 74-year-old Japanese conductor will miss the final portion of his eight-year tenure as chief conductor of the Vienna State Opera, AP reports. His contract expires in June.
Ozawa's cancer was detected recently during a routine checkup. According to news accounts, the cancer has not spread.
At his press conference in Tokyo (see photo at left), the Times notes, Ozawa said: “I have no problems drinking and eating. I intend to be back in even less than six months.”
Ozawa led the Boston Symphony for 29 years and has conducted throughout the world. He'll miss more than two dozen conducting engagements in the months ahead.
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