My hope is to disseminate the creativity of the youth of Tohoku through this new orchestra and create something unique to Tohoku - something that transcends music. I will never forget the great force of nature and as long as the scars remain, I hope to do what I can to help. I will continue doing so as long as the people of the community wish for it. Thank you very much for your unending support.
Ryuichi Sakamoto (Representative Director, Musical Director)
The Tohoku Youth Orchestra is an orchestra originally organized to perform in Lucerne Festival ARK NOVA Matsushima 2013, a music festival aimed at connecting the disaster-stricken northeastern Japan to the world. It was held in Matsushima in the Miyagi Prefecture from September to October of 2013.The members of the orchestra are composed of primary, junior high, and high school students from the three prefectures affected most by the 2011 Tohoku disaster: Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima. These students who usually play in their school’s respective ensembles all come together to form various ensembles depending on the program or performance. The activities of the Tohoku Youth Orchestra do not stop at performance, however. Rather, we see the orchestra as an opportunity for growth. One in which the youth of Tohoku can come together to learn from and perform with world-renowned musicians, to discover the world through interacting with people he or she would normally not meet, and share these experiences among friends. Our aim is to channel the youthful energy of these students into the region. We hope to invigorate the surrounding adults, environment, and Tohoku as a whole, ultimately to create a bright new future for these students to live in. "There are many things that can only be expressed through music. Music can communicate things incommunicable with words. Our hope is to inspire many through this music." With these goals in mind, we hope to channel the sensitive yet resilient sounds born out of tragedy from Tohoku into the world.
Tohoku Youth Orchestra YouTube Channel