Tadaaki Otaka

Permanent Conductor, NHK Symphony and Tokyo Philharmonic
Conductor Laureate, BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Chief Conductor, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra (from April 2017, Music Director April 2018)

© Martin Richardson


Japanese Maestro Tadaaki Otaka is Permanent Conductor of the NHK Symphony, Conductor Laureate of BBC National Orchestra of Wales and has recently been announced as Chief Conductor of Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra. 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 Orchestra, 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.




Osaka Philharmonic

Tadaaki Otaka has recently been announced as the new Chief Conductor of Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra. He succeeds Michiyoshi Inoue who steps down in April 2017 when Otaka will become  Musical Advisor, taking up the position of Music Director from April 2018 until at least Spring 2021.

Maestro Otaka will become the third Chief Conductor of the orchestra which was originally known as the Kansai Symphony and established in 1947.