Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra (東京フィルハーモニー交響楽団 Tōkyō Firuhāmonī Kōkyō Gakudan) is recognized as the oldest classical orchestra in Japan [1], having been founded in Nagoya in 1911. It moved to Tokyo in 1938 and has some 166 members as of 2005.

The orchestra plays frequently at Tokyo Opera City, in Shinjuku, Orchard Hall, part of the Bunkamura (文化村) shopping and entertainment complex in Shibuya, and Suntory Hall, in Akasaka, Tokyo.[2]

Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra



  1. ^ "Japan Times"
  2. ^ "TPO Concerts"

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Adrienne Krausz

Adrienne Krausz is a Hungarian pianist, b. 1967

The winner of the 1989 Cincinnati World Competition while a student at the Ferenc Liszt Academy, she took part at the 1992 and 1993 Montecarlo Masters, reaching the finals. Soon afterwards she was engaged by Georg Solti for a European tour with the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich; she has performed internationally since. Subsequently, she took part in both posthumous hommages to Solti in Italy (October'97) and England (February'98). She has recorded for Hungaroton.

Selected performance venues - Barbican Centre, Carnegie Hall, Cité de la Musique, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Munich's Herkulessaal, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Brussels' Palais des Beaux Arts, Paris' Théâtre de la Ville.

Sir George Solti immediately engaged Miss Krausz for a European tour with the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zürich, following an audition. In the last interview he gave to the English Magazine “Classic FM” Solti specifically mentioned her as a young pianist about whom he was “extremely enthusiastic, and I very much hope to help her in her career.” Following this, Sir George introduced Miss Krausz to the Chimay Foundation Competition in Brussels where she won the first prize by unanimous decision of the jury. She was the only pianist to be invited to perform in the Tributes to Sir George Solti presented in Italy and in London.

Since then, Adrienne Krausz continues to impress the music world with each subsequent performance.

Born in Hungary, Miss Krausz started the piano at the age of nine and in 1990 graduated from the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, where her teachers were György Nádor, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados. She has also studied with Yvonne Lefébure and Lívia Rév. Since 1991 she lives in Paris.

Iván Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra invited her to open the Ascona Festival (2004) and the Bemus Festival in Belgrade (2005). She was also invited to play with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Berliner Symphoniker. She made her debut in Japan with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra in 2001. Some of her prestigious partners and groups were Michael Gielen, Youri Bashmet, Miklós Perényi, Boris Pergamenshikov, Sergej Krylov, the Keller and the Bartók Quartets, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, etc. With Shlomo Mintz she made frequent recital tours all around the world.

A finalist at the Piano Masters of Monte Carlo in both 1992 and 1993, she has won numerous first prizes in competitions such as the “World Competition” in Cincinnati (Piano USA 1989), the International Piano Competition in Senigallia (Italy 1985) the Hungarian National Piano Competition in Tarhos in 1984 and further prizes in Frankfurt (1987) and in Sydney (1988).

Other acknowledgements include the Key of the city of Cincinnati, (Ohio, USA), the “Diamonds of culture” of the city of Miskolc (Hungary), and Grand Prix of the Hungarian Radio. Adrienne has been an invited guest at music festivals like Montpellier, Menton, Monte-Carlo, Schwetzingen, the Mermoz music Festival, Yokohama, Prague, Cracow, Budapest, Stresa, Palma and Sion.

Her Shostakovich recording was chosen as “Indispensable”, in the French music-guide at Fayard edition. In 1996 she was acclaimed by the critics for her interpretation of the complete Preludes of Chopin and Shostakovich brought together on a CD.

In 2003, the Hungarian Gramophone Magazine awarded her the prize for the best recording of the year. Adrienne often returns to Hungary to give concerts and has made several recordings for the Hungarian Radio and Television Networks.

Akeo Watanabe

Akeo Watanabe (渡邉 暁雄, Watanabe Akeo, 1919–1990) was a Japanese symphonic conductor, known for his recordings of the works of Jean Sibelius.

Watanabe was born in 1919 to a Japanese father and Finnish mother. He studied music and conducted at the Tokyo Academy of Music in Japan and the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, USA. His conducting premiere was with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra in 1945. He was music director of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra from 1948 to 1954 (Kennedy 2006).

In 1956, Watanabe founded the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and continued as its resident conductor until 1968. In 1970, he became music director of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, and remained so until 1972. From 1972 to 1978, he was the music director of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. In 1978, he once again became resident conductor of the newly reformed Japan Philharmonic (now renamed the Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra), with whom he stayed until 1983. In 1988, he became the music director of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, and remained there until 1990. He was also a professor of conducting at the Tokyo University of Arts from 1962 to 1967 (Kennedy 2006).

Watanabe was a regular guest conductor with orchestras in the United States and Europe (Kennedy 2006). Watanabe made the first complete set of recordings of Sibelius' symphonies in stereophonic sound with the Japan Philharmonic from 1960 to 1962 for the Nippon Columbia Company (these were released on Columbia's Epic label in the United States). He re-recorded the Sibelius symphony cycle in digital sound with the same orchestra in 1981 for Denon.

Watanabe died in 1990. Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra records note that he remained as music director of the orchestra, which he founded, until his death.

Alexander Tselyakov

Alexander Tselyakov (born 1954) is a Russian-Canadian classical concert pianist and educator.

Alexander Tselyakov was born in Baku, Azerbaijan and made his professional début as soloist with the Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra in his native Soviet Union at the age of nine. He went on to study at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Lev Naumov and Sergei Dorensky. He has performed as guest soloist with many renowned orchestras including the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Alexander Tselyakov has won leading prizes at the prestigious VIIIth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1986), the Second International Music Competition of Japan, Tokyo (1983) and the New Orleans International Piano Competition (1995).Alexander Tselyakov is Professor of Piano at the Brandon University in Canada. He is the Artistic Director of the Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival, British Columbia, and the Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival, Manitoba, Canada.

Andrei Ioniță

Andrei Ionuț Ioniță (born 1 January 1994 in Bucharest) is a Romanian cellist. He won first prize in the cello division of the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition.Ioniță began studying piano when he was five years old and started cello lessons three years later. He studies at the Berlin University of the Arts under Jens Peter Maintz. In 2009, he won the David Popper International Cello Competition, and in 2013 won first prize in the Aram Khatchaturian International Competition. A year later, he took second place at the 63rd ARD International Competition and the Emanuel Feuermann Competition.

Andrei has already performed concertos with the Münchner Philharmoniker, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Mariinsky Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra; working with conductors such as Valeriy Gergiev, Mikhail Pletnev and Nicholas Collon.

The 2017-18 season sees Andrei debut with The Hallé and San Diego Symphony (both with Cristian Macelaru), BBC Philharmonic (with Yan Pascal Tortelier), Royal Scottish National Orchestra (with Karl-Heinz Steffens), Rochester Philharmonic and Hamburger Symphoniker. He returned to the MDR Sinfonieorchester in Leipzig and toured Europe with the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic.

In recitals he has performed at Carnegie Hall, on tour in Japan, and at the Kissinger Sommer, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Schleswig-Holstein festivals. This season includes a return to Carnegie Hall, his Wigmore Hall debut, and dates at the Verbier Festival and Konzerthaus Berlin.

Future appearances include an artistic residence at the 2018 Alpenarte Festival in Austria, a tour with the BBC Philharmonic (the UK and Romania), concerts in Denmark (Yuri Temirkanov and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra), Russia (with the Russian National Orchestra and Mikhail Pletnev) and the United States (a tour with Cristian Măcelaru and the Romanian Youth Orchestra).

Andrei is a scholarship recipient of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and performs on a violoncello made by Giovanni Battista Rogeri from Brescia in 1671, generously on loan from the foundation.


The Bunkamura (Japanese for "cultural enclave") is a concert hall, theater and museum located in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan, operated by Tokyu Group.

Dan Ettinger

Dan Ettinger (Hebrew: דן אטינגר‎; June 10, 1971) is an Israeli conductor. He has been the resident conductor at the Berlin State Opera, and is currently music director of the National Theatre Mannheim, Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Israel Symphony Orchestra, and Chief Conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.Dan Ettinger made his Royal Opera debut in 2010 conducting Rigoletto and has since returned to conduct La traviata and La bohème for the company. In the 2016/17 Season he returned to conduct Turandot, and in the 2017/18 Season to conduct Tosca.

Hiroshi Mikitani

Hiroshi Mikitani (三木谷浩史, Mikitani Hiroshi) (born March 11, 1965) is a Japanese billionaire businessman and the founder, chairman and CEO of Rakuten, Inc. He is also the president of Crimson Group, chairman of the football club Vissel Kobe, chairman of Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and a board member of Lyft. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, as of August 2017, Mikitani is worth $7.1 billion.

Jan Erik Mikalsen

Jan Erik Mikalsen (born 6 May 1979 in Kristiansund, Norway) is a Norwegian composer of contemporary music, living in Oslo.

Jos van Veldhoven

Jos van Veldhoven (born 1952 in Den Bosch) is a Dutch choral conductor. He studied musicology at the Rijksuniversiteit of Utrecht, and choral and orchestral conducting at the Royal Conservatory, the Hague. He has been artistic director of the Netherlands Bach Society (Nederlandse Bachvereniging) since 1983. In this capacity he regularly gives performances at home and abroad of the major works of Johann Sebastian Bach and his predecessors and contemporaries. In addition he has been the director since 1976 of the Utrechts Barok Consort, which he founded. He has made a great number of radio, television, and CD recordings with his ensembles, and he has appeared in festivals in the Netherlands, many countries in Western Europe, the United States, and Japan.

The New York Times stated that "Mr. van Veldhoven elicits readings in the best current style, lithe and lithing but also muscular, imaginative and spontaneous". He has been described by NRC Handelsblad as "the top ranking Netherlands choral director", and by Trouw as "one of the few Netherlands early music performers...[with] all-important pioneering zeal".

Jos van Veldhoven is a regular guest artist with international orchestras including Das Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Telemann Chamber Orchestra, and the Essener Philharmoniker. Together with director Dietrich Hilsdorf, Jos van Veldhoven has been working since 2001 on a cycle of staged Handel oratorios at the Bonn Opera. Van Veldhoven also appears in his native country as a guest conductor, including appearances with Holland Symfonia and Opera Zuid.

In previous years, Jos van Veldhoven has attracted frequent attention with performances of "new" repertoire within the realm of early music. Noteworthy among them were performances of oratorios by Telemann and Graun, Vespers by Gastoldi, Netherlands repertoire of the Golden Age, reconstructions of Bach's St Mark Passion as well as the so-called Köthener Trauermusik and many unknown 17th century musical dialogues. He also conducted a great many contemporary premieres of baroque operas by composers including Mattheson, Keiser, Andrea and Giovanni Bononcini, Legrenzi, Conti, and Scarlatti. In 2008 he celebrated his 25th anniversary as artistic director of The Netherlands Bach Society, conducting Joseph Haydn's The Creation.

Jos van Veldhoven is professor of choral conducting at the Amsterdam Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.

Kazushi Ono

Kazushi Ono (大野 和士, Ōno Kazushi, born March 4, 1960) is a Japanese conductor, born in Tokyo.

Ono studied at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and with Wolfgang Sawallisch and Giuseppe Patanè at the Bavarian State Opera (Bayerische Staatsoper), as a scholar of the Japanese Ministry of Culture. In 1987 he won First Prize in the 3rd Toscanini International Conductors' Competition.

Ono was principal conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra from 1992 to 1999, and its artistic advisor from 1999 to 2001. He currently holds the title of Conductor Laureate with the orchestra. In May 2013, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra announced the appointment of Ono as its next music director, as of April 2015, with an initial contract of 5 years.In Europe, Ono was Chief Conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra from 1990 to 1996. He was General Music Director of the Baden State Opera, Karlsruhe from 1996 to 2002. In August 2002, he became music director of La Monnaie (Brussels), after his acclaimed debut there in March 2001, conducting Salvatore Sciarrino's chamber opera Luci mie traditrici. Other contemporary operas that Ono conducted at La Monnaie include Philippe Boesmans' Julie. He stepped down as music director at La Monnaie at the end of the 2007-2008 season and became principal conductor of the Opéra National de Lyon at the start of the 2008-2009 season, with an initial contract of 5 years. In January 2014, the Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra announced the appointment of Ono as its next music director, effective September 2015, with an initial contract of 3 years. Ono concluded his tenure as principal conductor of the Opéra National de Lyon at the close of the 2016-2017 season.Ono is the recipient of the 2009 Suntory Music Award and the 2015 Asahi Prize.

Luigi Piovano

Luigi Piovano is an Italian cellist and conductor. He is Principal Cellist of the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, guest Principal Cellist of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and guest principal cellist of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. He has recorded on both the modern cello and the Baroque cello (the latter including work as cellist of Concerto Italiano with Rinaldo Alessandrini, chamber music of Robert Schumann with the Michelangelo Piano Quartet for the Chandos label, and the Cello Sonatas of Johannes Brahms). He has also recorded the complete cello works of Camille Saint-Saëns and the Cello Suites of Johann Sebastian Bach

He is a member of the piano trio Latitude 41 with pianist Bernadene Blaha and violinist Livia Sohn, which whom he has recorded the piano trios of Franz Schubert.He has recorded Vivaldi cello concertos such as the Cello Concerto in a minor, RV 422.

Music of Ni no Kuni

The music for the role-playing video game series Ni no Kuni, developed by Level-5 and published in Western regions by Bandai Namco Entertainment, is primarily composed by Joe Hisaishi and performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Hisaishi, known for his previous work on Studio Ghibli films, agreed to work on the games after witnessing the development team's passion for the project. He aimed to make the music reflect the fantasy genre, creating a compatibility between the soundtracks and the game worlds.

An album titled Ni no Kuni: Shikkoku no Madoushi Original Soundtrack was released in Japan in February 2011, featuring music from Ni no Kuni: Dominion of the Dark Djinn. A two-disc soundtrack was later released in March 2013; the first disc is a re-release of the Japanese soundtrack, while the second disc contains additional tracks from Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. Critical reception to the soundtracks have been positive, as reviewers felt that the music for the first two games connected appropriately with the gameplay, with critics stating that Hisaishi's contributions matched the art style by Studio Ghibli. Hisaishi would later returned to compose for Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, with its soundtrack releasing in June 2018.

Natural Wonder

Natural Wonder is a live album by American musician Stevie Wonder, released in 1995 and recorded in Osaka, Japan. It is an edited version of a televised concert Wonder performed with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. It is his fourth live album after Recorded Live: The 12 Year Old Genius (1963), Stevie Wonder Live (1970), and Live at the Talk of the Town (also 1970).

Premadasa Hegoda

Premadasa Hegoda (born c. 1947) is a Sri Lankan sitarist. He has lived in Japan since 1974.

Hegoda studied with Ravi Shankar. He is an associate professor of Music at the University of Tokyo and also teaches Indian music at Takasaki Art College. He also operates the Premadasa Institute of Indian Music in Tokyo.

He composed the first sitar concerto in Japan, sponsored by Nihon Television, which was performed with the Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Prince Mahidol Hall

Prince Mahidol Hall (Thai: มหิดลสิทธาคาร Mahidol Sittha-kharn) is a concert hall of Mahidol University and the largest concert hall of Thailand, located in Phutthamonthon District, Nakhon Pathom. The hall was named after Prince Mahidol Adulyadej.

The hall was inaugurated on 14 April 2014 by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and a performance by the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. The hall was also chosen by Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra on its 100th Anniversary World Tour 2014 list. The architecture concept based on physical structure of human and plant. The roof has two layers in order to cut off a noise from outside, the inner layer covered with a distinctive material, the outer layer covered with copper.

Ronald Zollman

Ronald Zollman (born 1950 in Antwerp, Belgium) is a Belgian conductor. He began musical studies at age 4. He attended the Royal Conservatories in Antwerp and in Brussels, and later studied with Igor Markevitch and Nadia Boulanger.

Zollman was music director of the Belgian National Orchestra from 1989 to 1993. From 1994 to 2002, he was music director of the National Autonomous University of Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra (Orquestra Filarmónica de la UNAM). From 2002 to 2005, he was music director of the Northern Israel Symphony, Haifa. In May 2009, Zollman accepted the Associate Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Studies position at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music in Pittsburgh, PA. In September 2011 he added the position Principal Guest Conductor of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra to his activities, and he occupied the same position at the Pilsen Philharmonic Ochesta from 2014 onward. In 2018 he became Music Director of the latter orchestra.

Over the years, Zollman has guest conducted concerts with more than 150 different orchestras on the 5 continents. Among these are the following: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble InterContemporain, London Sinfonietta, Orchestre de Paris, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orchestra (The Hague), National Orchestra of Spain, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra...

Steve Barakatt

Steve Barakatt (born May 17, 1973 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada from a family of Lebanese origins) is a Canadian composer, music producer, pianist, singer & creative director . When he was four, he began piano lessons. Over the next 10 years he studied classical music, and then switched to jazz.

Steve enjoyed many challenging musical experiences from an early age, including that of guest soloist with l'Orchestre symphonique de Québec when he was 13. When he was 16, Steve became fascinated by composition, arranging and production. He studied the new technology available and soon mastered all the intricacies of music programming. So much so that the Japanese firm Roland invited him to present their new products at the 1992 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.

A versatile and imaginative musician, Steve has been invited to appear on various recordings and live performances with many artists and ensembles from the Alexandrov Red Army Choir to the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. A true passionate artist, Steve enjoys meeting musicians and exploring all styles of music.


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Yukio Tanaka (biwa)

Yukio Tanaka (田中 之雄, Tanaka Yukio, born 1948) is a Japanese biwa player.

He studied under the satsuma biwa master Kinshi Tsuruta, whose status he inherited as a leading figure of Japanese traditional music. His honours include First Prize at the Japanese Biwa Competition, the Minister of Education, Science and Culture Prize and the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) Prize.

Tanaka has released numerous CDs and recordings for films. He performs internationally both as soloist and with orchestras, including the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the RAI Symphony Orchestra, and the Hespèrion XXI, under the baton of conductors such as Kent Nagano, Christoph Eschenbach and Jordi Savall. He is a professor at the Tokyo College of Music and a director of the Japan Biwa Association.

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