Berlin Phil concertmaster is given a new car

Berlin Phil concertmaster is given a new car


norman lebrecht

August 30, 2016

The lives of professional sports and classical players are converging ever faster.

This is Daishin Kashimoto, first concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, receiving his new RX 450h hybrid from Lexus, his sponsor.

Local motor media are running picture and story.

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  • Carlos Solare says:

    To quote a phrase from a recent thread: “Bitte Deutsch lernen!”. Nowhere in the press release linked is there any mention of Mr. Kashimoto being “given” a car, or of Lexus “sponsoring” him. How about he bought it? A much less interesting “story”, of course, and as we all know, truth should never be allowed to get in the way of a good story.

  • Gerhard says:

    The Lexus advertising article which Max Grimm linked above doesn’t state that Mr. Kashimoto “received” his car, but that he merely picked it up. Nowhere Lexus claims to be Mr. Kashimoto’s “sponsor”. It stands to reason that his willingness to appear in that press release will have been rewarded with some kind of benefit, but there is no mentioning of it, of course. The rest is a mere fabrication without any factual background.