NHK Symphony Orchestra

NHK Symphony Orchestra
Former name New Symphony Orchestra
Founded 1926
Concert hall NHK Hall, Suntory Hall
Principal conductor Paavo Järvi
Website NHK Symphony Orchestra

The NHK Symphony Orchestra (NHK交響楽団 NHK Kōkyō Gakudan) is a Japanese orchestra based in Tokyo. The orchestra gives concerts in several venues, including the NHK Hall, Suntory Hall, and the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall.

The orchestra began as the New Symphony Orchestra on October 5, 1926 and was the country's first professional symphony orchestra. Later, it changed its name to the Japan Symphony Orchestra. In 1951, after receiving financial support from NHK, the orchestra took its current name.[1]

The most recent music director of the orchestra was Vladimir Ashkenazy, from 2004 to 2007. Ashkenazy now has the title of conductor laureate. Charles Dutoit, the orchestra's music director from 1998 to 2003, is now its music director emeritus. Wolfgang Sawallisch, honorary conductor from 1967 to 1994, held the title of honorary conductor laureate until his death. The orchestra's current permanent conductors are Yuzo Toyama, since 1979, and Tadaaki Otaka, since 2010. Herbert Blomstedt holds the title of honorary conductor, since 1986. André Previn has the title of principal guest conductor, and is scheduled to relinquish that post in August 2012. In June 2012, the orchestra named Paavo Järvi as its next chief conductor, as of the 2015–2016 season, with an initial contract of 3 years.[2]

Permanent Conductors and Music Directors

Honorary Conductors

See also


  1. Kodansha International Staff (2002). The Japan Book: A Comprehensive Pocket Guide. Kodansha International. p. 147. ISBN 4-7700-2847-4.
  2. "Paavo Järvi Appointed as Chief Conductor From the 2015/16 season" (Press release). NHK Symphony Orchestra. July 6, 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
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