TOKYO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

About Us

In a new form that is different from the conventional oversea-tour performances of Japanese orchestras, we will establish a new base in Asia, expand our perspective from Japan to Asia as a whole, and develop multifaceted activities.
Our aim is to embrace diverse sense of values and cultures, engage in cultural and human exchange through music, and improve musical culture throughout Asia. By absorbing the good parts of each country and working hard together, we are convinced that we can make a big contribution to the development of the music culture in Japan.
Nowadays the interests of the musicians, classical music fans, and wealthy people from Asian countries are heading to Europe, so we would like to turn their attentions to Japan. It is expected that the standards of musicians in Asian countries as a whole will improve by increasing the numbers of multinational members in Japanese orchestras and multinational applicants of the music universities.
We will also look into the possibility of attracting visitors from abroad to the concerts in Japan, aiming to establish a more active place for international exchange.
By drawing attentions of domestic and international audience to the field of music, we aim to revitalize the music world itself and to establish a large artistic and cultural sphere that covers the whole of Asia.

Schedule

May 27th - 31st

Silapakorn Summer Music School/ SCB Training Centre, Pattaya

– TSO musicians are sent to a music camp organised by Silpakorn University; the TSO is responsible for teaching and performing for auditioned students from different parts of the country.

June 1st and 2nd

Silapakorn Summer Music School Concert/ SCB Training Centre (Pattaya), Silpakorn University Hall (Bangkok)

Artist

– Hikotaro Yazaki, Conductor
– SSMS Orchestra, Orchestra

Program

‐Mozart:Serenade No.6, K.239
‐Haydn:Symphony No.53 “Imperial” Hob.I.53
‐Schubert:Symphony No.5

Initiatives in FY2023

March 22nd

Special Concert by Tokyo Symphony Orchestrathe Cultural Center of Thailand (Bangkok)

Artist

– Naoto Otomo, Conductor
– Mone Hattori, Violin

Program

– Royal anthem of Thailand
– Sibelius: Violin Concerto
– Brahms: Symphony No.1

Support

Siam Music Yamaha Co., Ltd.
Zignature Marketing and Technology Co., Ltd.

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Report

The first Bangkok concert of the Asia Project was held at the Thai Cultural Centre. It was said that tickets for classical concerts in Thailand rarely sell out, but thanks to publicity on social networking sites and other media, tickets were sold out and attracted a lot of local media attention, with Naoto Otomo (conductor), Mone Hattori (vn) and Hirooka, managing director, responding to the press before the performance began.
In Thailand, the concert began with Royal anthem of Thailand. The Sibelius Violin Concerto that followed captivated the audience with its passionate performance, prompting enthusiastic cheers from the audience. Ms Hattori also responded with two solo encores. And in the Brahms Symphony No. 1, the orchestra members felt a great response in conveying the group’s artistry and passion for music to the Thai audience, making it a deeply moving and memorable night for the orchestra. We will continue our activities to increase the number of classical music fans in Asia and to raise the level of music through exchanges.


<A drink after work>
March in Bangkok is the hottest month of the year with little rainfall. On this day, the temperature was over 30℃ and air conditioning was essential. In this situation, members of the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra greeted the musicians after their performance with “Singha Beer”, a typical Thai beer! Even at night, the temperature is still hot and the heat of the concert is cooled with a glass of chilled Singha Beer. The guests enjoyed the fleeting exchanges between those who had formed a partnership.

  • TSO President Tetsuya Okazaki chatting with Harald Link, President of the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra.


<Strong support from the Embassy of Japan>
The Asia Project’s activities in Thailand have been strongly supported by the Embassy of Japan in Thailand, including the use of the embassy hall for the partnership signing ceremony in February, the string ensemble’s performance at the National Day reception the following day, and a promotional stand. Ambassador Masato Otaka, who had just taken up his new post, also attended the concert. The Ambassador, who has a friendly personality, was kind enough to take our photograph in the lobby, and at the reception after the concert we were all moved to tears by the performance. We look forward to working with him in the future.

  • Masato Otaka, Ambassador of Japan to Thailand, giving his speech.

February 9th

Joint string ensemble concert/ AUA Language Center Hall

– with the members of the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra


Report

On February 9 2024, five members of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra joined members of the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (RBSO) for a string ensemble concert at the AUA Language Centre in Ratchadamri, near Lumphini Park.
TSO musicians were a little nervous at the beginning of the rehearsal, but as they faced the music together and shared their ideas, they became more comfortable with each other, foreshadowing the great things we will create together in the future.

February 8th

String quartet concert by the members of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra/ Thai Japanese Association School


Report

TSO string quintet visited a Japanese school in Bangkok and held two concerts in the morning and afternoon for 5th, 6th, and 9th graders. The concert began with Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,” followed by a demonstration of the sounds and harmonic roles of the violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Students enjoyed a wide range of songs, from classic masterpieces such as Dvorak’s “America” to today’s popular songs. At the end, TSO string quintet performed a school song of Bangkok Japanese School together with all students accompanied by its teacher. Students was enthusiastically listening to the concert, and we received such a pleasant comment, “I wanted to listen more!” and “Will you come again?”

February 7th

Performed chamber music (9 people) at the National Day reception hosted by the Japanese EmbassyThe Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Bangkok

Artist

– Performed chamber music (9 people)


Report

On February 7, 2024, nine members of the TSO String Ensemble performed at the Emperor’s Birthday Reception organized by the Embassy of Japan at the Queen Sirikit Convention Centre in Bangkok.
The ensemble performed four pieces, including Grieg’s Holberg Suite “Prelude”, and “Pleiades” which is well-known in Thailand.
We also introduced TSO’s the Asia Project and the concert at the Thai Cultural Centre coming on March 22, 2024, which attracted a lot of interest.

February 6th

Partnership signing ceremonyMultipurpose Hall, Embassy of Japan in Thailand

– Partnership signing ceremony with Silpakorn University, Thailand


Report

On February 6, 2024, a partnership signing ceremony was held in Bangkok, Thailand, between the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra(TSO), the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (RBSO) and the Silpakorn University Faculty of Music. After historical film of the TSO, Ambassador Kazuya Nashida gave a speech, followed by message from TSO Managing Director Yoshitaka Hirooka on the purpose and significance of this project.
After the signing, the audience was treated by the performance of TSO string ensemble, which included the violin of Managing Director Hirooka himself and was also joined by Professor Damrih Banawitayakit of Silpakorn University and RBSO Concert Master Bing Han.

Partnership

  • Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra Foundation

    under the Royal Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya In 1982, the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (BSO) was established with the aim to become the leading orchestra in Thailand. At that time, the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra Foundation was under the Royal Patronage of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn. After His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua ascended the throne, the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra was granted Royal permission to be renamed as the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, also known as RBSO. His Majesty later granted Royal permission to the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra Foundation to be under the Royal Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya on April 15, 2018.
    In 2019, the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra Foundation was granted Royal permission to be renamed as the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra Foundation under the Royal Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya. The RBSO has become Thailand’s most travelled overseas cultural ambassador with concerts in Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, and Japan. History was made in November 2010 when the BSO took to the stage of what is one of the most famous concert venues in the world, the Musikverein in Vienna, to perform a Tribute Concert of music by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

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  • Faculty of Music,
    Silpakorn University

    Founded in 1998, the Faculty of Music was the initiative of Prof. Emeritus Dr. Trungjai Buranasomphop, former President of Silpakorn University. It was established in collaboration with Thailand’s leading music scholars and performers as the 10th faculty of the university. Its first director was Prof. Dr.Manrat Srikaranonda, National Artist in 1992.

    Faculty of Music, Silpakorn University stands as a leading institute in music, with the ability to provide best practice in music learning and study environment. Our multidisciplinary academic programs and industry-driven curriculum provide opportunities for students to examine music challenges from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and equip them with skills needed for a changing world.

    The Silpakorn University Faculty of Music’s curriculum is great for those looking to improve their skills in music and business management. Every instructor is decorated with expertise, knowledge, and years of experience in their respective fields. This curriculum is available at every level, from the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts program in Entertainment Industry, to the Master’s and Doctoral level programs in Music Research and Development. These programs aim at developing skilled, professional musicians with extra skills in business management. From the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts program: Classical Music, Creative Music and Media, Jazz Studies, Commercial Music, Musical Theater, Music Ed-trepreneur, Music and Entertainment Business, Idol and Influencer Development and Management. Master of Music: Music Research and Development. Doctor of Arts: Doctor of Philosophy, Music Research and Development.

    Four Outstanding Extra Curriculum Activities
    1. Silpakorn Summer Music School Orchestral Program (SSMS) is a two-week summer course for young orchestral musicians with high musical skills from all over Thailand will be able to study and improve together, receiving valuable tips and recommendations from qualified professionals from Thailand and all over the world.

    2. The Feroci Philharmonic Wind Orchestra was established in 2013 in remembrance of Professor Silpa Bhirasri, founder of Silpakorn University. This brings traditional Thai musical instruments and traditional orchestral instruments onto the same stage.

    3. The Thailand Jazz Competition has been raising the standard of Thai jazz musicians to an international level for over a decade. The competition is divided into 3 categories: Jazz ensemble, secondary school level jazz big band and a vocal jazz competition.

    4. The Silpakorn University Jazz Camp is an academic opportunity with a focus on music in society that brings together talented young musicians and expert lecturers and guests from Silpakorn and beyond.

    Faculty of Music Silpakorn University believes that music is a creative force for society. By preparing Silpakorn students to be the best in both musical and academic skills, they will eventually play an important role in improving and strengthening our society.

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Subsidy

Japan Arts Council(Independent Administrative Institution)
FY2023 Subsidy of Designated Donation System