Cutting-edge, but back to basics
DER RING TOKYO ORCHESTRA
The orchestra was established in 2013 by Y.Nishiwaki, Artistic Director, with the aim of creating a new sound from Japan without being bound by the conventional wisdom of orchestras.
The name "Der Ring" is an allusion to Wagner's masterpiece "Der Ring des Nibelungen", which swept the world with its progressive, original and pioneering spirit.
It may look Advanced, with everyone looking forward, quartets arrangement, and standing up, but it also return to basicsae.
The orchestra is composed of young professional musicians who graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, Toho Gakuen School of Music, Kunitachi College of Music, Musashino Academia Musicae, Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, and others.
The orchestra's debut concert was held on August 31, 2018, and in the Mainichi Shimbun's "This Year" (retrospective) of the same year, the orchestra's sound at the public concert was described as "a marvelous revolution in softness, color, and musical richness.
YOSHINORI NISHIWAKI Conductor
Born in 1948 in Nagoya, Japan, Yoshinori Nishiwaki began learning the xylophone at the age of four and the cello at the age of 15. At university, he played cello in the Keio Wagner Society Orchestra.
In 1971, he joined the Nippon Phonogram Corporation (now Universal Music).and during the period he worked for Philips Classics in Nippon Phonogram he served as a recording producer of such artists as Lola Bobesco (violin) and Antonio Meneses (cello).
In 2001 he established N&F Co.,Ltd. in partnership with Suenori Fukui who had also served for Philips Classics as a recording engineer. Since then they have produced the recordings of Joseph Lin (violin), Dai Miyata (cello), Saito Kinen Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Mito Chamber Orchestra, Nagaokakyo Chamber Ensemble among many.
In 2001, he received conducting and vocal training from Michel Corbo in his master class held in Abbaye de Noirlac.
In 2013, he founded the Der Ring Tokyo Orchestra, for which he serves as both recording producer and conductor.
In 2020, he received the 7th JASRAC Music Award.
The orchestra's debut concert was held on August 31, 2018, and in the Mainichi Shimbun's "This Year (retrospective)" of the same year, "The orchestra's sound at the public concert was described as a marvelous revolution in softness, color, and musical richness".
Der Ring Tokyo Orchestra