Maestro Otaka is Permanent Conductor of the NHK, Tokyo and Sapporo Symphony Orchestras and Conductor Laureate of BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He served as Artistic Director at the New National Theatre,Tokyo 2010-14 and was Principal Guest Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra from 2009-2012.
Plans for 14/15 season includes BBCNOW, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Juilliard School of Music in a special programme to celebrate Takemitsu as well as many varied programmes with his Japanese orchestras. Recent highlights include Britten's War Requiem with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sapporo Symphony's critically-acclaimed European tour in 2011. In 2012 he conducted Walton's Belshazzar's Feast at BBC Proms with BBC National Orchestra of Wales and recently toured with NHK Symphony to China to commemorate 40 years of the normalization of diplomatic ties between the two nations.
In recognition of his outstanding services to music in the UK, Tadaaki Otaka received an honorary CBE and is also holder of the Suntory Medal, the highest musical award in his native Japan. He was Conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra for twenty years, and in 1987 he was made Music Director of BBC National Orchestra of Wales, before becoming their Conductor Laureate in 1996. His discography includes the complete Rachmaninov Symphonies and piano concertos, a Glazunov symphony cycle, Britten’s Peter Grimes and many contemporary scores.