Osakan Philharmonic Winds
The Osakan Philharmonic Winds was formed in 1999, and became the first non-profit band in 2006, with its home base in JUBEL Hall, Osaka. The ensemble features Yoshihiro Kimura as Honorary Music Director, Tomo Matsuo as Resident Conductor, Jan Van der Roost as Principal Guest Conductor, and Koji Orita as Music Advisor. The OSAKAN annually gives approximately 40 recitals and concerts of varied instrumentation, from full band to chamber ensembles. They often perform in the beautiful IZUMI Concert Hall, welcoming eminent professional musicians such as Joseph Alessi (New York Philharmonic Principal Trombone), Ricardo Morales (Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Clarinet), David Griffin (Chicago Symphony Orchestra Horn), Corrado Giuffredi (Orchesta della Svizzera Italiana Principal Clarinet), and Christopher Martin (New York Philharmonic Principal Trumpet).
The Osakan Philharmonic Winds has released more than 60 CDs, earning rave reviews in a variety of media.
In 2009, the band traveled to Cincinnati to represent Asia in the14th World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference. In 2018, they were invited to perform for the 49th Japan Band Clinic’s final concert. In 2019, they are honored to give the finale performance of the 73rd Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois, acclaimed so that “the best performance ever.” Receiving accolades from the international band world, the Osakan Philharmonic Winds proudly celebrated their 20th Anniversary in 2019.
Musical Director／Yoshihiro Kimura
A graduate of Osaka College of Music (majoring in Clarinet), Mr. Kimura studied under Shinjiro Nakao, Yukio Ohashi, and Rudolf Jettel. He received conductor’s training from the late Takashi Asahina. After joining the Osaka Municipal Symphonic Band in April 1962, he was appointed concert master and vice conductor of the group, and later in April 1985, assumed the post of symphony master.
As symphony master and conductor of one of the few professional concert bands in Japan, he has greatly contributed to the development of wind music in Japan. During this period, in 1971, he attended the international seminar of Mozarteum University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Salzburg, Austria. He was eager in promoting original concert band works from overseas and organized many Japan Premieres. Additionally, he published many arrangements of orchestral music for concert band and has earned high recognition from leading authorities in the field. He received the Amagasaki Art Award as well as the 39th Osaka Honorary Citizen Awards for “Cultural Contribution.”
Mr. Kimura, the Former Symphony Master of the Osaka Municipal Symphonic Band, the Honorary Music Adviser of the Hiroshima Wind Orchestra, and the Honorary Musical Director of the Osakan Philharmonic Winds, passed away at age of 81 on February 24, 2021. As one of the few Japanese conductors well versed in band music, his passion and thorough knowledge are still having great influence upon the band world in Japan and worldwide.
Resident Conductor／Tomo Matsuo
Tomo Matsuo is Resident Conductor of the Osakan Philharmonic Winds since January 2018, after serving as Assistant Conductor for Mr. Yoshihiro Kimura for years.
Of Matsuo’s inaugural concert, the New York Philharmonic Principal Trombonist Joseph Alessi said, “This is a fantastic ensemble. They played with absolute precision and dedication and they sounded wonderful. Congratulations to Tomo on his conducting debut.”
In December 2019, Matsuo conducted the OSAKAN and received standing ovation for an outstanding performance at the finale concert of the 73rd Midwest Clinic. After the big success, Matsuo was interviewed for a cover story in Band Journal, a major concert band magazine. “Viva Osakan!,” the recording he made with the band in March 2020 received awards and rave reviews by prominent Japanese musical magazines such as The Record Geijutsu and stereo.
In addition to conducting the OSAKAN at numerous concerts and recordings, Matsuo is an active conductor and clinician. He has recently conducted Kyushu Wind Orchestra. His fun and knowledgeable talk during concert always gets favorable reputations. As a clinician, Matsuo has given clinics to many school bands and community bands both in Japan and internationally.
Matsuo graduated from the Soai University majoring in trumpet performance. He studied trumpet under Hiroshi Tsubaki, Hiromu Tanaka and Robert Sullivan, and conducting and music theory under Yoshihiro Kimura and Kiyoyuki Tsujii.
Osakan Philharmonic Winds Performance Series Japanese Greats for Band
We are starting a performance series
featuring Japanese great works.
One reason is that we have recorded nearly 100 Japanese band works on CD.
With our experience and expertise, we would like more people from the other side of the world to know about Japanese composers and their works.
From Japan to the world,
Osakan Philharmonic Winds' passion and pursuit for music is clearly shown in their performances.
Our new project starts here and now…
Performance Series: Japanese Greats for Band
Conducted by Tomo Matsuo（Resident Conductor of OSAKAN)
Performed by Osakan Philharmonic Winds
Let's Play "ARSENAL"
Let's Play "ARSENAL" with Jan Van der Roost & Osakan Philharmonic Winds
This project started from the end of April, the deadline of applications has passed. Fortunately, about 150 people from all over the world sent the videos. We sincerely appreciate everyone's application.
We, OSAKAN, will restart the concert from August. We look forward to having you join us and listening our "live" performance.
Hello everybody, Dear music lovers.
I am Jan Van der Roost. I greet you from my home here in Belgium. Because indeed, like many people, I cannot leave my home. We have to stay here because of the health crisis, the COVID-19 Coronavirus which really has hit large parts of the world. Probably also your own country is suffering.
Especially makes music making difficult because it is hard to rehearse or to play concerts in combination with the social distancing which is now mandatory.
Fortunately however, there is a digital means. And that’s what I would like to do now with you, I would like to invite you to play together my most popular march “ARSENAL”, and it will be together with fantastic Osakan Philharmonic Winds. Please pick up your instruments, and let’s play together “ARSENAL”.
―Jan Van der Roost
Principal Guest Conductor of Osakan Philharmonic Winds
Osakan Philharmonic Winds
Higashitokiwadai 1-2-5, Toyonogun Toyonocho, Osaka 563-0103 JAPAN
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