@40 days until Hiroshima Summit: Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra

by Yui Kihara, Staff Writer

The Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra is a professional orchestra based in the city of Hiroshima. It was established in 1963 as the Hiroshima Civic Symphony Orchestra. After its name was changed to its current name, it became a professional orchestra in 1972. The orchestra has given 429 regular concerts in total, and its current general music director is conductor Tatsuya Shimono. The orchestra is well known to the public as one of Hiroshima’s three major professional groups along with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp baseball team and the Sanfrecce Hiroshima soccer team.

The orchestra has performed in foreign countries under the catchphrase of “Music for Peace.” It was invited to the United Nations Office at Vienna, Austria, in 1991, and gave concerts in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2003 and Warsaw, Poland, in 2019.

(Originally published on April 9, 2023)