Japan Philharmonic Orchestra

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra

The Japan Philharmonic Orchestra was founded on June 22, 1956, as the exclusive subsidiary orchestra under the Nippon Cultural Broadcasting. Akeo Watanabe served the first Chief (Resident) conductor of the orchestra. In 1958, Jean Fournet conducted "Pelléas et Mélisande" of Debussy, it was the premiere performance in Japan.

Japan Philharmonic made a subsidiary contract with Fuji Television in 1959. Between 1961 and 1989, regular concerts were held in Tokyo Bunka Kaikan hall, in Tokyo. Akeo Watanabe completed his recordings of Jean Sibelius symphonies in 1962, which were released from Nippon Columbia Company (now Columbia Music Entertainment). Charles Munch conducted the symphony No. 9 of Ludwig Van Beethoven in 1962. Japan Philharmonic undertook its first overseas tour of the United States and Canada in 1963. Since then the orchestra has toured Europe several times and Hawaii.

In March 1972, Nippon Cultural Broadcasting and Fuji Television subsidiary contracts broke away, the orchestra foundation was dissolved. Seiji Ozawa was the principal conductor and the music adviser at the time. One-third of those original members left, then formed the New Japan Philharmonic in 1972 led by Seiji Ozawa and Naozumi Yamamoto (conductor and secretary-general).

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra Association was founded in 1973, newly formed as a self-organized orchestra. Václav Smetáček was appointed as a guest conductor. Japan Philharmonic Orchestra Association chorus was formed end of the year.

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra Association once again became a foundation in 1985, touring resumed again.

A friendly relationships between Japan philharmonic and Suginami City begin in July 1994.

Yokohama concert hall was moved and settled in Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall in 1998 for Yokohama venue program.

Suginami Public Hall was re-opened with remodeled in June 2006. Japan Philharmonic and Suginami city announced that the formal friendship agreement was signed. Suginami Public Hall is used for rehearsals and some other orchestral events. Members of orchestra regularly visit schools in Suginami area for educational purpose of music and open concerts. Japan philharmonic administrative office is also located in Suginami.

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra´s main subscription concerts take place in Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

Pietari Inkinen was appointed Chief Conductor from 2016/2017 season.

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