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Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra

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Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (TMSO)

Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (TMSO) was formed in 1965, with Heinz Hofmann as its first Permanent Conductor, as a part of a cultural promotion project of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to mark the Tokyo Olympic Games. Since then, the orchestra has grown to become one of Japan’s foremost professional orchestras under the music directorship of such renowned conductors as Tadashi Mori, Akeo Watanabe, Hiroshi Wakasugi. Gary Bertini, who assumed the position of the fourth Music Director in 1998, established a new era with high reputation but passed away in March 2005.

2005-2008, James DePreist was appointed Permanent Conductor. In April 2008, Eliahu Inbal and Kazuhiro Koizumi assume the position of Principal Conductor and Resident Conductor.
Jean Fournet is Honorary Conductor and the late Gary Bertini is Laureate Conductor. The Solo Concertmaster and Concertmaster leading the orchestra are Tatsuya Yabe and Tomoshige Yamamoto respectively.
TMSO gives subscription concerts in two series annually at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and Suntory Hall, promenade concerts, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space series and other special concerts. In an effort to support Tokyo residents, TMSO organizes joint concerts with teenagers, over 60 school concerts annually and concerts for the handicapped. In addition to the symphony concerts, TMSO regularly performs chamber music concerts at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan foyer as well as being involved in outreach activities visiting welfare facilities and schools.

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