Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra
In October 2005, the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra (HPAC Orchestra) began its long-awaited inaugural season. This new orchestra is the center of the new Hyogo Performing Arts Center (HPAC), a symbol of the cultural rebirth of the Hanshin-Awaji region devastated by the 1995 earthquake. Performances cover a broad repertoire, including chamber music, large-scale orchestral works, opera, and ballet. In addition, the orchestra engages in a wide range of community outreach activities.
Under the leadership of internationally renowned conductor Maestro Yutaka Sado, HPAC Orchestra serves as a final training ground for professional-level musicians from around the world. The orchestra’s core membership comprises 48 young professional musicians up to 35 years of age, and their term up to three years. Members were selected through competitive auditions held regularly in Japan, Europe and North America. Orchestra members gain invaluable experience performing with world-class conductors and soloists, and working with top-level coaches. During the contracted period, the members are encouraged to participate in auditions and competitions. Many members have received tenured positions at various orchestras worldwide, such as Munich Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, Tokyo Symphony and Kyoto Symphony Orchestra.