Guide to the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo

« This was without a doubt the best performance of Mahler's First Symphony...The First often gets bogged down, but this performance was bright and always exciting giving the instrumentalists enough room to show their skills... and what skills.I have no doubt that the NHK Symphony is the greatest orchestra at this time.I could go on and on about the French horns, and the..... It was a delight. »
Sidney Feinleib

Paavo Järvi: Musical ambassador

Where is home for Paavi Järvi? The life of an international conductor consists of airports and hotel-hopping and Järvi’s passport is more well-travelled than most. 
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Smetana: Má Vlast (My Country)
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Pinchas Steinberg

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Glinka, Borodine, Tchaïkovski
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Vladimir Fedoseyev

TokyoNHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo

Dutilleux, Saint-Saëns, Ravel
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Paavo Järvi; Hisako Kawamura

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Schumann, Schubert
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Paavo Järvi; Tanja Tetzlaff
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La Philharmonie accueille le "NHK" de Tokyo : Paavo Järvi et Janine Jansen en public conquis

Retour attendu que celui de l'ancien directeur musical de l'Orchestre de Paris. Celui qui sut porter à ses sommets la phalange parisienne exerce-t-il le même art avec sa nouvelle formation, l'Orchestra de la NHK de Tokyo ?

Mendelssohn in Tokyo: Luisi, Znaider and NHKSO

Nikolaj Znaider and Fabio Luisi, along with NHKSO Tokyo, re-stated the obvious truth of art music that “it is all about the details.”

NHK Symphony Orchestra's magnificent Mahler Six

Is the very, very good the enemy of the great? It is hard to fault a performance as fine as this – except perhaps against a benchmark no longer recognised.
Conductor Paavo Järvi © Kaupo Kikkas
Conductor Paavo Järvi
© Kaupo Kikkas

The history of the NHK Symphony Orchestra dates back to October 5th, 1926 when a professional orchestra called the New Symphony Orchestra was formed. After being briefly called the Japan Symphony Orchestra, it was renamed the NHK Symphony Orchestra when it began to receive full financial support from Nippon Hoso Kyokai (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) in 1951. During those years, the orchestra invited German conductor Josef Rosenstock as its Chief Conductor, under whose baton the orchestra established the foundation to become Japan’s leading orchestra. Thereafter, the orchestra continually invited many of the world’s most renowned conductors of the time, including Herbert von Karajan, Ernest Ansermet, Joseph Keilberth, and Lovro von Matačić, to name but a few, and worked with some of the world’s most celebrated soloists to offer the public innumerable outstanding performances which have become entrenched as part of Japan’s history of classical music. The subscription concerts series, which is the core of its activities, started on February 20th, 1927, and has continued without interruption ever since, even during the Second World War. 2016, NHK Symphony Orchestra celebrated its 90th anniversary.
In recent years, the Orchestra has presented approximately 120 concerts nationwide annually, including 54 subscription concerts which have been relayed to every corner of the country on NHK Television and through FM radio broadcasts. The concerts can also be heard in Europe, the United States and Asia through its international broadcast service. It has also won world-wide acclaim for its overseas tours, including its first appearance in the Salzburg Festival in August 2013. 
Conductors who are closely associated with the NHK Symphony Orchestra include Paavo Järvi (Chief Conductor), Charles Dutoit (Music Director Emeritus), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Conductor Laureate), Herbert Blomstedt (Honorary Conductor), André Previn (Honorary Guest Conductor), Yuzo Toyama (Permanent Conductor), and Tadaaki Otaka (Permanent Conductor).