NHK Symphony Orchestra gives 54 subscription concerts annually at both NHK Hall and Suntory Hall, as well as special concerts including “Music Tomorrow” featuring contemporary works, “N-Kyo Hotto Concert” for younger audiences during summer holidays and year-end concerts of Beethoven 9th Symphony. In addition, NHK Symphony Orchestra performs concerts in local concert halls and by the request of local municipalities. In all it performs about 120 concerts a year. Since 1960, it has had 30 overseas concert tours.
NHKSO’s concerts including its subscription concerts are broadcast live nationwide on NHK television and FM radio. They have also been introduced globally through international broadcasts. NHK Symphony Orchestra performs for NHK’s “World Music Album” as well as the title music for NHK TV’s popular saga drama annually.
As part of its reach-out activities for primary and junior high schools nationwide, NHKSO promotes “NHK Music Club for Children” in partnership with NHK. In this project, members of the NHK Symphony Orchestra visit schools to perform mini concerts as well as to show students how musical instruments work and tell the children why classical music fascinates people.
Members also visit hospitals and perform chamber music in hospital lobbies to cheer up patients and staff members.
NHKSO Academy is an institution funded by the NHK Symphony Orchestra for the purpose of educating and fostering excellent musicians who aspire to become professional musicians. Academy students receive lessons about orchestral works from NHKSO members, including the Concert Master, and learn the finer points of an orchestral performance by observing studio rehearsals, dress rehearsals and concerts in preparation for becoming orchestra musicians themselves.
*NHKSO Academy recruits students by instrument section according to what it hopes to concentrate on and promote at the time. (It does not accept applications for all sections at one time.)