About Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra

About Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra

Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra

The Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra (NPO) is recognized as the leading orchestra in the Tokai region, the central part of Japan. The Orchestra has an excellent reputation on the Japanese classical music scene, for both its innovative programming and its wonderful performances. The NPO is called “Mei-Phil”, with love, by Japanese audiences, and holds a firm position as one of Japan’s top professional orchestras.


In April 2016, Kazuhiro KOIZUMI became our Music Director. The Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra has established relationships with many conductors. Our present conductors are Ken’ichiro KOBAYASHI (Conductor Laureate since 2003), Moshe ATZMON (Honorary Conductor since 1993), Thierry FISCHER (Honorary Guest Conductor since 2011), Masahiko ENKOJI (Resident Conductor since 2011), and Kentaro KAWASE (Conductor since 2011). In April 2014, internationally known composer Dai Fujikura is appointed as “Composer in Residence” of the NPO.



The Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra has toured internationally four times, performing very highly acclaimed concerts as follows:


– 1988         France and Switzerland. Jun’ichi HIROKAMI conducted

– 2000         Brunei, Singapore, the Philippines, South Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Taiwan. Tetsuji HONNA conducted.

– 2004         Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic (“Prague Spring” international music festival). Ryusuke NUMAJIRI, Hideaki MUTO and Tomáš HANUS conducted.

– 2006         Singapore, the Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Tatsuya SHIMONO conducted.


The Orchestra has recorded over 30 discs. Many awards and prizes have been earned, including the 23rd Tokai TV Cultural Prize in 1990, the Aichi Prefecture Arts and Culture Prize in 1991, the Agency for Cultural Affairs Work of Art Award in the Recording Division in 1997, and so on.


Musicians from the City of Nagoya and the surrounding area founded Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra in July, 1966. The first subscription concert delighted the audience in October of 1967. Subsequently, the Orchestra received an endowment from the City of Nagoya in 1973.

Today, the Orchestra performs about 120 concerts a year. Various concerts include the “Subscription Concerts”, the popular “Famous Works Series” and Welfare Concerts for disabled persons.

In 2016, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra will offer various concerts to celebrate its 50th anniversary and aim for further development.