The Kyoto Symphony Orchestra European Concert Tour 2015


June 7 (Sun.) Amsterdam,Holland Het Concertgebouw

Special offer to DUJAT members!

Adult: €40 ->  €20

Student: €15 -> €10

Discoun Code: IN150607KY(一般40ーー20/学生15−ー10)







Kyoto Symphony Orchestra(KSO) was founded in 1956 under the management of Kyoto City Government

to create a new culture in the city. It is the only orchestra managed by a public authority in Japan.

In May 1997, the orchestra gave concerts at Prague Spring International Music festival, EU japan Fest in

Greece, and also performed in Vienna, Krakow and Zagreb under the direction of Michiyoshi Inoue, the 9th

Chief Conductor and Music Director,to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

In celebration of its 50th anniversary in 2006, the Orchestra successfully performed Schoenberg’s «Gurre-

Lieder» first in Kyoto and toured seven domestic cities under the direction of Naoto Otomo, the 11th

Chief Conductor. KSO is also energetic in activities like instrument training workshop, concerts for young

people, concerts at welfare facilities, and coaching for the Kyoto Junior Orchestra. It celebrated the 500th

subscription concert in May 2007.

In 2008, it invited Junichi Hirokami as the 12th Chief Conductor and Naoto Otomo as the Conductor

Laureate. In April 2014, Junichi Hirokami became the 12th Chief Conductor & Music Advisor, and KSO invited

Ken Takaseki as the Principal Guest Conductor and Tatsuya Shimono as the Guest Conductor . In April 2015,

KSO received the 46th Suntory Music Award, one of Japan’s most prestigious prizes in musical achievement.

In the half-century since its foundation, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra is advancing to be a world-class

orchestra befitting Kyoto, an arts and culture city.


Born in Tokyo, Junichi Hirokami studied conducting, piano, musicology and viola at the

prestigious Tokyo College of Music. He began his conducting career at the age of 26

after winning the first Kondrashin International Conducting Competition in Amsterdam.

Since 1990, Junichi Hirokami has appeared as guest conductor with major orchestras

throughout the world including the Orchestre National de France, Berlin Radio

Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre, Symphonique de

Montreal, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, and Wiener


Between 1988 and 1995, Hirokami was Chief Conductor of Sweden’s Norrköping

Symphony Orchestra. Since then he served as Chief Conductor of the Limburg

Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic,

Principal Conductor of Japan Philharmonic and Music Director of the Columbus

Symphony Orchestra.

In recent years, he has been conducting the orchestras which include the Vancouver

Symphony Orchestra, L’Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, the Saint

Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow,

the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.

In Japan he has conducted all the major orchestras including NHK Symphony

Orchestra and the Saito Kinen Orchestra. He also received great acclaim for his

appearance with the Mito Chamber Orchestra in 2008.

He is prolific in opera as well, having led celebrated performances of “Un ballo in

maschera” and “Rigoletto” at the the Sydney Opera House, and his most recent

triumphs include “La Traviata” at the Fujiwara Opera, “Le Nozze di Figaro” and

“Ainadamar” at the Nissay Theatre, and “La Traviata” and “Aida” at the New National


Hirokami is currently Chief Conductor and Music Advisor of the Kyoto Symphony

Orchestra. In his six years, he made the orchestra grown up greatly and made a big

success at Suntory Hall, Tokyo too in 2014 which televised by NHK.

He serves as professor at Tokyo College of Music and guest professor at Kyoto City

University of Arts.