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.


*The TYO concert in 2018 has finished.

■Tohoku Youth Orchestra Concert 2018
March 21st 2018 (Wed. Holiday) Door 13:30 / Start 14:00
Venue: Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall

Performance: Tohoku Youth Orchestra Music
Director / Piano: Ryuichi Sakamoto
Conductor: Toshio Yanagisawa
Reciter: Non
MC: Mari Watanabe

Organized by General Incorporated Association Tohoku Youth Orchestra

Sponsored by:
National Mutual Insurance Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives
Fuji Xerox Advanced Technology Co., Ltd.
Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd.
Morinaga Angel Foundation (by the Japanese Syllabary order)

Cooperated by:
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Yamaha Music Japan. Co.,Ltd.
Dentsu Public Relations Inc.

Supported by J-WAVE

Produced by Promax inc.

■ Tohoku Youth Orchestra Concert 2018 in Sendai
March 31st 2018 (Sat.) Door 14:30 / Start 15:00
Venue: Tokyo Electron Hall Miyagi

Performance: Tohoku Youth Orchestra
Music Director / Piano: Ryuichi Sakamoto
Conductor: Toshio Yanagisawa
Reciter: Sayuri Yoshinaga
MC: Mari Watanabe

Organized by:
General Incorporated Association Tohoku Youth Orchestra

Cooperated by:
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Yamaha Music Japan. Co.,Ltd.

Produced by Promax inc.


The Tohoku Youth Orchestra relies on your support. We sincerely appreciate your generous contribution. The donors' name will be listed in the Donor Registry on our website. We always accept donations by bank transfer. If you are considering a donation, please email the following information to and make a deposit to the bank account below. Thank you in advance for your attention and cooperation.

*Currently we are not able to accept donations via credit card. Thank you for your understanding.

●Your Name
●Name of your group
●Your email address
●Would you like your name to be listed on our website as a donor or not? (Yes/ No)
Preferred name that will be listed in the Donor Registry (If you prefer different name from your name above)
●Would you like to have a receipt or not? (Yes/ No)
●Notes / Message

【Name and address of designated bank account】
MUFG Bank, Ltd.
1-8-6, Ebisunishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
【Swift Code】
【Account Name】
Tohoku Youth Orchestra
【Branch Name】
Higashi-Ebisu Branch
【Account Number】


The croud funding is currently being prepared, the grateful attention, please visit again later.

The expenses for regular practices throughout the year are covered by the generous donations of corporations and individuals. As another way of supporting our programs - which started in Tohoku - we hope you will help our "crowdfunding" campaign succeed.


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