NHK交響楽団
NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo

 

Otaka Prize

The 65th Otaka Prize winning composition

Title
Symphony X “For the Coming Era”
Commission Work for Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra
(Running time 16 minutes.)
Composer's name
Shin-ichiro Ikebe
Year composed
2015
Date of world premiere
January 29, 2016 Hitachi Systems Hall Sendai Concert Hall
Tadaaki Otaka, conductor
Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra
Title
Symphony No.10 ―Scenes of Various Memories― In Memory of Hiroyuki Iwaki
Commission Work for Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa
(Running time 15 minutes.)
Composer's name
Toshi Ichiyanagi
Year composed
2016
Date of world premiere
June 2, 2016 Ishikawa Ongakudo
Kentaro Kawase, conductor
Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa

Shin-ichiro Ikebe
Shin-ichiro Ikebe

Toshi Ichiyanagi
Toshi Ichiyanagi

 

About the Otaka Prize

The Otaka Prize is an award established to acknowledge an outstanding orchestral composition by a Japanese composer, in honor of a composer and conductor Hisatada Otaka (1911-1951), who dedicated his life to the betterment of the Japan Symphony Orchestra, the predecessor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra.

Otaka was posthumously awarded the Prime Minister’s Award in honor of his great contribution to music in this country. His wife, graciously entrusted the prize money to the NHK Symphony Orchestra, which the orchestra used to establish the Otaka Prize in 1952.

Works which are eligible for the Otaka Prize are innovative orchestral works (with a solo or vocal part) composed by Japanese composers that move the performers as well as audiences and were made public or gave their premiere broadcast performance in the past one year.

The work should be capable of being performed by a standard orchestration by the NHK Symphony Orchestra as part of its regular repertoire.

The screening and selection of the work is conducted by the following committee members.

NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo

    Permanent Conductors

    General Director

    Artistic Administrator

Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK)

    Program Production Department Head of Music & Theater Programs Division

    Program Production Department Music & Theater Programs Division Producer

The screening committee is led by the General Director of the NHK Symphony Orchestra.

The Prize-winning work is announced on February 26 the following year to mark the anniversary of the composer’s death, and is given its premiere performance by the NHK Symphony Orchestra as part of its Music Tomorrow concert for that year.