Tadaaki Otaka


Japanese Maestro Tadaaki Otaka is Permanent Conductor of the NHK Symphony and Conductor Laureate of BBC National Orchestra of Wales. In April 2015 he was appointed Honorary Music Director of Sapporo Symphony after a distinguished career as their Music Director. He is also Honorary Conductor Laureate of the Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo, and has previously served as Principal Guest Conductor of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (2009-2012) and as Artistic Director of the New National Theatre, Tokyo (2010-2014)

Plans for the 2016-17 season includes return visits to Orchestre National d'Ile de France, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Brussels Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia, and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Recent highlights include return visits to BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, 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.

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    Belshazzar's Feast (Praise ye)



Takashi YOSHIMATSU - Threnody to Toki
Shostakovich, Cello concerto n°1
Shostakovich, Symphonie nr. 5

Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra
Edgar Moreau, Cello

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Belshazzar's Feast - RPO

Royal Festival Hall

"I have heard both Walton himself and Malcolm Sargent give stunningly impressive live accounts of this thrilling and still completely unique masterpiece, but this - to my astonished delight - was right up there with them.... A great concert and a fine tribute to the power and depth of British Music" Robert Matthew-Walker

Juilliard Orchestra

Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Juilliard School

"....the Juilliard Orchestra played with exquisite attention to nuance under the direction of Tadaaki Otaka.... Mr. Otaka excelled at conjuring up billowing surges of great plasticity and vaporous pianissimos, as in Mr. Takemitsu’s “Twill by Twilight,” which begins with an upward curling motif that drifts, planes and seemingly evaporates into nothing. There was a wonderful transparency to parts of Mr. Miyoshi’s “Noesis” where the borders between individual sounds seemed to grew porous." The New York Times, Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim

Beethoven and Brahms


St David's Hall

"The performance was a superb confirmation of Otaka’s status as an interpretation of symphonic music, extending beyond Rachmaninov as far as Takemitsu." **** Simon Rees, Bachtrack

BBC National Orchestra of Wales


"One sense a mutual respect and fondness which are reflected in performance. This concert was no exception as so often Otaka drew playing of the highest order from the orchestra" April 2013 Seen and Heard, Glyn Pursglove


Oct 2010

BBC Symphony Chorus and National Chorus of Wales

'BBCNOW and their Conductor Laureate, Tadaaki Otaka, have a long and honorable record of interpreting Mahler, and this performance had the ideal combination of innocence and intensity' The Guardian, Rian Evans

BBC Prom 2012

BBC Symphony Chorus and National Chorus of Wales

'...performed with finesse and intensity by the BBCNOW under Tadaaki Otaka, with the BBC Symphony Chorus and National Chorus of Wales creating an impressively coordinated 250-strong choir' The Guardian Guy Dammann