Orchestras

Tokyo Symphony Orchestra

Introduction

The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) was founded in 1946. Jonathan Nott, taking over as Music Director of the Orchestra in 2014, opened his inaugural season with a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9. The Orchestra has Hubert Soudant and Kazuyoshi Akiyama as Laureate Conductors, Norichika Iimori as Resident Conductor, Krzysztof Urbanski as Principal Guest Conductor, and Naoto Otomo as Honorary Guest Conductor.

Since becoming the resident orchestra of the City of Kawasaki in July 2004, the TSO has been holding Kawasaki subscription concerts, masterpiece collection concerts, music appreciation classes and citizens concerts, as well as visiting and performing at facilities in various parts of the city.

The Tokyo Symphony has a reputation for giving first performances of a number of new contemporary music and opera works. Some of the major new works that it has performed in recent years include Helmut Lachenmann’s opera The Little Match Girl (2000, Japanese premiere, concert-style) Toshiro Mayuzumi’s opera Kojiki (A Record of Ancient Matters, Schoenberg Project, 2011) and others, which have attracted attention in music circles.

Outside of Japan, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra has performed 71 times in 53 cities, commencing with a North American tour in 1976. In October 2016 Askonas Holt organised an historic tour for the orchestra around Europe, with concerts in Wrocław, Zagreb, Vienna, Rotterdam and Dortmund.


Introduction

The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) was founded in 1946. Jonathan Nott, taking over as Music Director of the Orchestra in 2014, opened his inaugural season with a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9. The Orchestra has Hubert Soudant and Kazuyoshi Akiyama as Laureate Conductors, Norichika Iimori as Resident Conductor, Krzysztof Urbanski as Principal Guest Conductor, and Naoto Otomo as Honorary Guest Conductor.

Since becoming the resident orchestra of the City of Kawasaki in July 2004, the TSO has been holding Kawasaki subscription concerts, masterpiece collection concerts, music appreciation classes and citizens concerts, as well as visiting and performing at facilities in various parts of the city.

The Tokyo Symphony has a reputation for giving first performances of a number of new contemporary music and opera works. Some of the major new works that it has performed in recent years include Helmut Lachenmann’s opera The Little Match Girl (2000, Japanese premiere, concert-style) Toshiro Mayuzumi’s opera Kojiki (A Record of Ancient Matters, Schoenberg Project, 2011) and others, which have attracted attention in music circles.

Outside of Japan, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra has performed 71 times in 53 cities, commencing with a North American tour in 1976. In October 2016 Askonas Holt organised an historic tour for the orchestra around Europe, with concerts in Wrocław, Zagreb, Vienna, Rotterdam and Dortmund.