The Philharmonic Chorus of Tokyo
The Philharmonic Chorus of Tokyo, founded in 1956, is Japan’s foremost independent professional choir. Its members are all graduates from Japanese music conservatories and represent the highest level of choral music in Japan.
The chorus holds about 200 concerts annually in all over the world, such as special concerts, symphonic concerts with orchestras, opera, musical workshops for young people, and recordings for movie, radio, television, and original CDs. In overseas, the chorus has also made appearances primarily at the five ASEAN countries in 1979, the United States in 1987, Europe in 1997, Canada in 2000, Latvia and Estonia in 2006, Finland in 2010, and so on.
The chorus performs a wide range of pieces from different periods and genres, but the core of its work is the commission of new compositions by Japanese composers. The number of works, that have been commissioned and premiered by The Philharmonic Chorus of Tokyo amounts to a number of 208 up to now. By performing these works constantly in their concerts, the choir has taken an important role in building up a fundamental repertoire of contemporary choral music.