PHILHARMONIC WINDS OSAKAN
The Philharmonic Winds OSAKAN was established in 1999 as an independent wind ensemble. In June 2006 the ensemble made its first appearance as Japan’s first NPO professional wind ensemble. Since 2011 the Philharmonic Winds OSAKAN has performed at Jubel Hall, the municipal concert hall in Toyono. Since its foundation the ensemble has pursued new possibilities in wind music and has received good reviews for each of its performances, introducing new repertoire, with over forty in the OSAKAN Live Collection series and in the independently planned series Eetokodori. To mark its tenth anniversary in 2009, the Philharmonic Winds OSAKAN won acclaim at the 14th Congress of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. The ensemble has collaborated with a number of distinguished conductors, including Heinz Friesen, David R. Gillingham, Glenn D. Price, Dennis L. Johnson, Mark Camphouse, John Boyd, Jan Van der Roost and Johan de Meij. From 2005 the former director of the Osaka Municipal Symphonic Band, Yoshihiro Kimura, has served as musical director with, from 2011, Orita Nobotta as music adviser and, from 2013, Jan Van der Roost as principal guest conductor.