Meet the 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.
Yutaka Sado, Music Director designate of the Tonkünstler Orchestra, begins his collaboration with Austria’s prominent and most important musical institution with 107-year history in September 2015.
A long-time assistant to Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa, Sado was awarded two of the most important of conductor’s prizes: the Premier Grand Prixat the 39th International Conducting Competition in Besançon and the Grand Prix at the first Leonard Bernstein Jerusalem International Conducting Competition. In a joint effort with the late Leonard Bernstein, Michael Tilson Thomas and the London Symphony Orchestra, Sado helped found the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo and served as its Resident Conductor.
Sado has been seen on prestigious concert stages including Vienna’s Musikverein Großersaal, the Philharmonie in Berlin, and London’s Barbican Centre with many of the world’s leading orchestras such as Orchestra de Paris, the Berlin Philharmonic, DSO Berlin, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, NDR Hamburg, the Staatskapelle Dresden, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich, Orchestre de la Suisse-Romande, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome, RAI Torino Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra.
In opera, Sado led critically acclaimed productions of Le Nozze de Figaro in 2015, Carmen in 2012 and Britten’s Peter Grimes in 2010 at the Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy.
In Japan, he has conducted sellout performances including Tosca, Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, Cosi Fan Tutte, Die Zauberflöte and Madama Butterfly at the Hyogo Performing Arts Center (HPAC) where he has served as Artistic Director since its inauguration in 2005. HPAC opened as a symbol of the spiritual and cultural rebirth of the region which was devastated by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake of 1995.
Sado’s discography of over 50 CDs and DVDs includes the recordings of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto with Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii, and Beethoven’s Fifth and Seventh Symphonies with DSO Berlin, as well as Mahler’s Fifth Symphony with the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des WDR and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique with Orchestre de Paris.
Yutaka Sado’s web site:http://yutaka-sado.meetsfan.jp
The Resident Conductor plays a wide range of roles, from educational programs to subscription concerts.
Chikara Iwamura graduated from the Science and Technology Electronic Communication Department of the Waseda University as well as the Performance Department of the Toho Gakuen School of Music. Iwamura has won prizes at numerous competitions, including the first prize (and also the Master Players Grand Prize) at the Conductor Division of the Master Players International Music Competition, and the second prize (and also the Orchestra Special Prize) at the Mario Gusella International Conducting Competition. He conducted the NHK Symphony Orchestra at a subscription concert in September 2003 and the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto in Cortina, Italy, upon an appointment by Martha Argerich. From 2000 to 2007, Assistant Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra. Since 2010, Resident Conductor of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra. In 2015, received Hyogo Prefecture Achievement Award.
Three specialists in orchestra, opera, and chamber music lead this orchestra as concertmasters.
After graduating from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Kyoko Shikata entered Hochschule für Music Freiburg and studied under W. Marschner. She won the first prize at “Ludwig Spohr International Violin Competition” in 1982. She was the first concertmaster of WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln from 1990 to 2003. She has been a music director of the Affinis Summer Music Festival, concertmistress of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, and solo concertmaster of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. She received the Hyogo Prefecture Cultural Award in 2009. She is a professor at Kyoto City University of Arts.
After graduating from the Music High School attached to the Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts, Masaaki Tanokura entered the university. He then earned a scholarship to study abroad at the Juilliard School in New York and earned his bachelor’s degree.
He won the 2nd prize in the Japanese Music Competition and the 6th Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition in 2000. He has won many well-known competitions and won top prizes.
He became the concertmaster of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra in 2004 (retired in March 2014). He has been the Concertmaster of the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra since April 2012 and the Chief Concertmaster of the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra since April 2014. From September 2019, he was appointed as the concertmaster of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been nominated as a concertmaster by domestic orchestras and conductors, and his confidence is very strong.
He is currently a part-time lecturer at Kyoto Municipal Kyoto Horikawa Music High School.
He studied under Toshiya Eto and Angela Eto at the Toho Gakuen School of Music. In 1986 he was appointed principal concertmaster for the New Japan Philharmonic at the age of twenty-two. He made his recital debut as a soloist at Suntory Hall in 1988, and after that has performed together with the many Japanese and international orchestras including the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bashmet & the Moscow Soloists, the London Mozart Orchestra. He was the recipient of the Muramatsu Prize and the first Idemitsu Prize in 1991 and the Cultural and Education Ministry’s New Artist of the Year Award in 1992 and the Hyogo Cultural Award in 2013. He is a professor at Kyoto City University of Arts, and also lectures at Toho Gakuen University and Graduate School.
Supporting the academy function of the orchestra
Studied under Taro Nakamura, Shinichi Suzuki, and Tomotada Soh. After graduating from Toho Gakuen College of Music, she studied under Edith Steinbouer and Franz Samohyl at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, and chamber music under Alfred Staar, and graduated from the university with the highest degree. In 1971 she won the first prize in the Josef Haydn International Chamber Music Competition and the J.S.Bach International Competition Violin Division Special Award. She was the first violinist of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1976 to 2010 after working for the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Chamber Ensemble. She was a visiting professor of chamber music and orchestra at Tokyo College of Music until March 2018.
The core members are professionals, mainly composed of young musicians under the age of 35. We are recruiting from all over the world including Japan, Asia, Europe and America. Through subscription concerts, chamber music, opera, ballet and other performances, we work on the repertoire of orchestras from baroque to modern times for up to three years.
Timpani & Percussion
Players who are selected by audition every season and participate in various performances with the core members of the PAC orchestra throughout the year.
Players who are selected by the recommendation of the artistic director and support the operation while performing in the PAC orchestra.
- Executive Producer
- Shihoko Nagatomi
- Director General
- Junji Takebayashi
- Toshihisa Yokomori
- Orchestra Manager
- Masatoyo Yamauchi
- Personnel Manager
- Yoshie Maeda
- Assistant Stage Manager
- Honoka Hirai
- Chikako Kato
- Assistant Librarian
- Asako Naito
- PR-Marketing Manager
- Maiko Otoshi
- Production Staff
- Maiko Minai
- General Administration Division Director
- Kenji Nakajima
- General Administration Division
- Takuya Terada ， Mamiko Okada