Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
In 1965, the city of Tokyo established the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra as a cultural entity in commemoration of the Tokyo Olympics. Kazushi Ono is the musical director. The symphony focuses on its runs of performances, while also engaging in a range of activities that include lessons in musical appreciation for middle school students, traveling performances in the Tama and Tosho regions, and visits to welfare centers. Their CD releases span from Eliahu Inbal’s Mahler Symphonies to the Dragon Quest soundtrack (full series). With a role as “musical ambassadors of the capital of Tokyo,” they have received acclaim for their successful concerts throughout the west and Asia.
Kenzi Murabayashi was born in Osaka in 1971. After graduating from the product department at Sozosha College of Design, he worked at a product design company for three years. Upon his resignation, he traveled around Hokkaido. In the Ainu village of Akanko, he met many artists and learned wood carving. His studio is currently established in Osaka’s Fukushima ward, where he focuses on object-making while engaging in a range of activities including space development and character/illustration production. He also founded Coppa!, an educational workspace where he leads many workshops.