Japan Phil Series


Created by WATANABE Akeo, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra’s first chief conductor, JPO started “Japan Phil Series,” a commission series with wide variety of Japanese composers – young or old, conservatory or avant-garde – upon its foundation. From the first commissioned work, “Symphony pour grande orchestra” by YASHIRO Akio, forty works have been premiered, some of them now being regarded as regularly-performed repertoire and performed by other orchestras. The series has been highly rated as a commission system that is unprecedented in Japanese music history, receiving numerous prizes.

List of Japan Phil Series Premiered Pieces

  1. YASHIRO Akio: Symphonie pour grande orchestre  Jun.9, 1958 (9th Subscription Concerts)
  2. MAMIYA Michio: Violin Concerto (No.1)  Jun.24, 1959 (16th Subscription Concerts)
  3. IRINO Yoshiro: Sinfonia  Dec.8, 1959 (20th Subscription Concerts)
  4. MIYOSHI Akira: Trois mouvements symphoniques Oct.14, 1960 (26th Subscription Concerts)
  5. SHIBATA Minao: Sinfonia Dec.12, 1960 (28th Subscription Concerts)
  6. TAKEMITSU Toru: “ki-no-kyoku” for Orchestra  May 22, 1961 (33rd Subscription Concerts)
  7. BEKKU Sadao: Symphony No.1 Jan.18, 1961 (39th Subscription Concerts)
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  9. MAYUZUMI: Toshiro Essay for String Orchestra Jan. 30, 1963 (57th Subscription Concerts)
  10. YAMAMOTO Naozumi: Capricccio for Japanese Instruments  Jun.27, 1963 (67th Subscription Concerts)
  11. KIYOSE Yasuji: Sketch of the Japanese Tradition Jan.28, 1964 (77th Subscription Concerts)
  12. TAKADA Saburo: Voiceless Lament Mar.27, 1964 (81st Subscription Concerts)
  13. ABE Komei: Sinfonietta Jan.14, 1965 (92nd Subscription Concerts)
  14. MATSUMURA Teizo: Symphony Jun.15, 1965 (102nd Subscription Concerts)
  15. MOROI Makoto: “L’ILLUSION de CA’I’N”-Le dessin Symphonique pour Ballet Jan.28, 1966 (113th Subscription Concerts)
  16. MAMIYA Mamiya: Doppio concerto grosso Jun.14, 1966 (122nd Subscription Concerts)
  17. NODA Teruaki: Symphony Dec.8, 1966 (130th Subscription Concerts)
  18. AKUTAGAWA Yasushi: Ostinato Sinfonica May 25, 1967 (141st Subscription Concerts)
  19. TODA Kunio: Concerto Grosso per sei strumenti ed orchestra“Si fa dov'” Jan.25, 1968 (153rd Subscription Concerts)
  20. OGURA Roh: Symphony in G Jun.13, 1968 (162nd Subscription Concerts)
  21. TAKAHASHI Yuji: Orphika May 28, 1969 (181st Subscription Concerts)
  22. SHINOHARA Makoto: Visions II pour orchestre Jun.11, 1970 (202nd Subscription Concerts)
  23. ISHII Maki: SŌ-GŪ II-for Gagaku and Orchestra Jun.23, 1971 (223rd Subscription Concerts)
  24. HAYASHI Hikaru: “Winds” for Orchestra Jun.25, 1974 (263rd Subscription Concerts)
  25. HIROSE Rhohei: “Crima” for Orchestra Nov.15, 1976 (286th Subscription Concerts)
  26. TOYAMA Yuzo: “Hana wo sasageru” Jan.22, 1977 (288th Subscription Concerts)
  27. KOYAMA Kiyoshige: Hina-uta No.2 for Orchestra Aug.8, 1978 (303rd Subscription Concerts)
  28. IKEBE Shin-ichiro: “TRIAS” -- Symphony II Jul.4, 1979 (314th Subscription Concerts)
  29. YOSHIDA Susumu: JYO-MON pour orchestre Apr.9, 1982 (47th Yokohama Subscription Concert)
  30. MATSUMURA Teizo: Violoncello Concerto Feb.27, 1984 (360th Subscription Concerts)
  31. YOSHIMATSU Takashi: The Age of Birds May 24, 1986 (382nd Subscription Concerts)
  32. HOSOKAWA Toshio: Flute Concerto "Per-sonare" Konzert für flöte(n) und Orchestra May 26, 1988 (401st Subscription Concerts)
  33. MAKINO Katori: Phases Dec.14, 1989 (416th Subscription Concerts)
  34. YOSHIMATSU Takashi: Trombone Concerto “Orion Machine” Apr.15, 1993 (449th Subscription Concerts)
  35. MIYOSHI Akira: "Fruits de Brume" pour orcherstre Jan.16, 1997 (487th Subscription Concerts)
  36. YUASA Joji: Cosmos Haptic V for Orchestra Jan.17, 2002 (537th Subscription Concerts)
  37. NISHIMURA Akira: Symphony No.3 “Inner Light” Jul.10, 2003 (552nd Subscription Concerts)
  38. SARUYA Toshiro: Niwatazumi Oct.21, 2004 (564th Subscription Concerts)
  39. KITAZUME Michio: DISTANCES Jun.2, 2005 (570th Subscription Concerts)
  40. NODAIRA Ichiro: “Triptyque” pour Orchestre Jul.13, 2005(582nd Subscription Concerts)
  41. OTAKA Atsutada: Concerto pour piano et orchestre Mar.4, 2016 (678th Subscription Concerts)