What we do

Gendai Hougaku

  • Organization : NHK Hougaku Ginousha Ikuseikai Ensemble Gendai Hougaku
  • Section : Artistic and creative activity in Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Japanese Traditional Art


Gendai Hougaku is a performance ensemble launched with members selected from alumni of the NHK Hougaku Ginousha Ikuseikai. This is the first performance for the ensemble, which was founded mainly to reevaluate and revitalize the extensive archive of Gendai hogaku (contemporary music for Japanese traditional instruments), and to provide a proactive introduction to works by contemporary composers.

Toshio FUNAKAWA: Divertimento for Koto and Sangen (1962)
Bondai FUJII: Shichiku symphony no.2 (1965)
Akira MIYOSHI: Ryushokyokusuifu (1986)
Yoshihiro KANNO: Nichiringenei (2000)
Atsuhiko GONDAI: Nunc Stans ~Tokijiku~ (2018 world premiere)

Conductor: Yasuaki ITAKURA
Ensemble: Gendai Hougaku


NHK Hougaku Ginousha Ikuseikai Ensemble Gendai Hougaku
NHK Hougaku Ginousha Ikuseikai produced many renowned performers between 1955 and 2010 under its aim of cultivating performers who transcended the borders of formal schools/styles, and who were up and ready to meet the requirements of contemporary pieces for traditional instruments. In order to further bolster the expertise and activity surrounding “Gendai hogaku (contemporary music for Japanese traditional instruments),” Gendai Hougaku was formed as an ensemble of specialists, with members auditioned and selected from the ranks of graduates.
The main focus of the group’s activities is the unearthing of the wealth of Gendai hogaku (contemporary music for Japanese traditional instruments) archives left from the postwar Japanese music scene, and its revitalization as heritage from today that should be passed down to the future; another key focus is the proactive introduction and commission of ambitious new works through the outstanding performances required from the stringent demands of contemporary composers.


Kohei Matsumoto
Secretary general
NHK Hougaku Ginousha Ikuseikai Ensemble Gendai Hougaku
1-1-10-201 Toyotamanaka, Nerima-ku, Tokyo 176-0013
E-mail: ikuseikai.ensemble@gmail.com


Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall, Taito City, Tokyo