Maestro Tadaaki Otaka is Permanent Conductor of the NHK Symphony and Conductor Laureate of BBC National Orchestra of Wales – to which he was appointed in 1996. In April 2015 he was appointed Honorary Music Director of Sapporo Symphony after a distinguished career as their Music Director. He is Honorary Conductor Laureate of the Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo, which he founded in 1995 and swiftly established as one of Japan’s best chamber ensembles. He served as Principal Guest Conductor of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra from 2009-2012 and as Artistic Director of the New National Theatre, Tokyo from 2010-2014.
Forthcoming projects include return visits to BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Tokyo Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sapporo Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic and NHK Symphony. In early 2015, he conducted a special programme at the Juilliard School of Music, New York in celebration of the compositions of Takemitsu, of whom he is an acclaimed interpreter.