New Japan Philharmonic

About NJP

New Japan Philharmonic

"Let's make music!"

The New Japan Philharmonic (NJP) was established as an independently managed orchestra in 1972, under conductor Seiji Ozawa.

In 1997, the Sumida Triphony Hall became the orchestra's home venue for both rehearsals and season concerts, thus effectively making the NJP the first orchestra franchise in Japan. Highly acclaimed for both its season concerts as well as performances overseas, the orchestra is also renowned for its activity within the community, giving concerts in local schools and other facilities. Seiji Ozawa became the orchestra's Honorary Conductor Laureate in 1999, and Christian Arming held the post of Music Director from 2003 to 2013. Under Arming's direction, the NJP was awarded the 3rd Mitsubishi Trust Music Incentive Award for its performance of Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher in 2006. This was followed in 2009 by Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln, for which the orchestra won the 18th Mitsubishi UFJ Trust Music Award. In the same year, the "Haydn Project" conducted by Brüggen won the 22nd Music Pen Club Award, and his "Beethoven Project" which followed in 2011 also met with great critical acclaim.

In addition, the NJP has collaborated with musician Joe Hisaichi to launch the "New Japan Philharmonic World Dream Orchestra" and has recorded the soundtracks for the films Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, and Ponyo.

In September 2016, Toshiyuki Kamioka became Music Director. The NJP has come to be highly regarded for its original approach and exceptional performances.


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