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 2017/18 season include performances with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, who celebrate their 90th anniversary this season, with renowned soloists Steven Isserlis and Catherine Wyn-Rogers, and extensive work in Japan with many of the country’s leading orchestras, including Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Sapporo Symphony and the New Japan Philharmonic.




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.