CENTRAL AICHI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Founded in 1983 as the Nagoya City Orchestra, the orchestra first presented subscription concerts in 1988, and from then on grew in stature and critical acclaim. Since 1990 the orchestra has been given free rehearsal space and financial support by Iwakura City, and in 1997 it changed its name to Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra (CASO), to illustrate the connection not only with Nagoya but also with Iwakura and other cities in the Aichi Prefecture in Japan. In April 2009, CASO became a member of General Incorporated Associations and in 2013 the orchestra celebrated its 30th anniversary.
In April 2014, Leoš Svárovský was appointed music director. Current CASO conducting fellows include Chosei Komatsu (honorary conductor), Seiichi Kotani (resident conductor), Yoko Matsuo (special guest conductor), Ichiro Saito (principal guest conductor) and Kosuke Tsunoda. CASO performs concerto series, symphonies, ballet, opera and musicals in addition to seven subscription concerts annually. The CASO took part in the Programmes for International Cultural Exchange and Cooperation of the Agency for Cultural Affairs in Inner Mongolia, China (2007) and in Bangkok in Thailand (2009), and on both occasions received critical acclaim.
The orchestra is committed to educational programmes, and has given over 100 school concerts featuring varied repertoire. Some of the many accolades bestowed on CASO include the 1996 Aichi Prefecture Arts & Culture Award, the Nagoya City Art Encouragement Prize (2004) and The Nagoya Music Prize (2007).