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.