Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
|Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (TMSO)
|Concert hall||Tokyo Bunka Kaikan|
|Principal conductor||Eliahu Inbal|
The Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (東京都交響楽団 Tōkyo-to Kōkyō Gakudan?), also known as Tokyō (都響), is one of the representative symphony orchestras of Japan. The Orchestra was founded in 1965 by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, to commemorate the Tokyo Olympics (1964 Summer Olympics).
Their offices are based at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, a concert venue owned by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. They perform regularly at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan as well as at Suntory Hall. Occasionally, they also perform at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, another venue owned by Tokyo.
Traditionally, the Orchestra performs the works of Gustav Mahler as an important part of their repertoire. Hiroshi Wakasugi, Eliahu Inbal and Gary Bertini have performed all the symphonies of Mahler with the orchestra.
List of conductors
- Kazushi Ono (2015–) Music Director
- Eliahu Inbal (2008-2014) Principal Conductor
- James DePreist (2005–2008) Permanent Conductor
- Gary Bertini (1998–2005) Music Director
- Kazuhiro Koizumi (1995–1998) Principal Conductor
- Hiroshi Wakasugi (1986–1995) Music Director
- Jean Fournet (1983–1986) Permanent Guest-Conductor
- Moshe Atzmon (1978–1983) Music Adviser & Principal Conductor
- Akeo Watanabe (1972–1978) Music Director & Permanent Conductor
- Tadashi Mori (1967–1972) Music Director & Permanent Conductor
- Heinz Hofmann (1965–1967) Music Director & Permanent Conductor
- The Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (都響, Tokyō) tends to be confused with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (東響, Tōkyō).
- The orchestra had mainly performed only classical music but came to also perform other symphonic music since around 2000, such as Dragon Quest soundtracks with Koichi Sugiyama, and soundtracks for Nodame Cantabile (anime and TV drama) and Red Cliff (film).