About ATM's Music Division

Project Planning Committee

atmhallATM's Music Division formulates a yearly plan for the concerts held at Concert Hall ATM. It is guided by a Project Operation Committee consisting of several prominent members, headed by Director General Seiji Ozawa. The Committee explores various proposals for the performance of a wide spectrum of musical works--spanning many eras and genres--to be given by talented musicians from Japan and around the world. It also supports activities by musicians who are active locally, introducing them to audiences.

ATM's Resident Chamber Music Groups

Photo: Michiharu Okubo
MCO 78th Regular Concert
Spurred by the suggestion of ATM's first Director General, the late Hidekazu Yoshida(1913-2012), the Music Division has created several resident chamber music groups whose membership consists of some of the most superlative performers Japan has ever produced.
Those ensembles have put on wonderful performances enjoyed by many people from Mito and elsewhere, and their quality has begun to be recognized worldwide.

Mito Chamber Orchestra (MCO)

The Mito Chamber Orchestra (MCO) was founded in 1990, concurrently with ATM's opening. The world-famous conductor Seiji Ozawa helps run the orchestra as musical director, and the group's members include musicians performing on the world stage, either as soloists or as first-desk orchestral members. MCO has given regular concerts and concerts for children at its home base at ATM, along with performances at other venues around Japan. It has also made three performance tours in Europe, further solidifying its global reputation as one of Japan's leading chamber orchestras.

New "Davidsbuendler"

The New "Davidsbuendler" is the latest addition to the roster of ATM's residentgroups, having just been founded in 2010. This chamber group assembles some of Japan's most superb musicians, starting with the young violinist Sayaka Shoji, and also including Shunske Sato (violin), Kazuhide Isomura (viola), Danjulo Ishizuka (violoncello), and Yu Kosuge (piano). Inheriting the innovativeness of the great Romantic composer Robert Schumann, whose 200th birthday was marked in 2010, along with the spirit of the New "Davidsbuendler" that he envisioned, the group passionately pursues the ideal expression of music in the new age.

Activities Rooted in the Community's Musical Culture

Photo: Jun Tazawa
ATM's Music Division carries out activities that contribute to the musical culture of the local community from different angles. Those include: (1) a concert of Ibaraki-based performers, planned by musicians active locally, (2) a concert featuring talented young musicians and singers from Ibaraki, aiming at discovering and broadly introducing such performers, and (3) a year-end concert of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, with more than 300 citizens of Mito blaring their voices as members of the chorus. In addition, the Division carries out various programs to bring local people into closer familiarity with music, such as dress rehearsals and an assortment of seminars, as well as performances and workshops targeted at people of all generations. Refer to the section on educational programs for more details.

Facility Information

atmhall01Form the prototype for the arena, such as a hexagonal hole in the middle of the stage placed the palm spread is the music halls with superb acoustics and intimate atmosphere. The gorgeous tones and white space, the ceiling is supported by three large marble columns.
Is located behind the balcony seats and fan-shaped stage surrounding a stage that has created a sense of realism about the music and hear the delicate nuances of the performer breath.

The Concert Hall ATM is shaped like an arena, designed like an open hand with the stage situated right in the middle of the palm.
The seats surround the hexagonal stage so intimately that even people sitting in the last row can hear the performers breathing.
Similarly, when chamber music is being played, the fine distinctions between each instrument part are clearly audible.

Purpose: Classical music concerts
Seating Capacity: 680 (including 60 removable seats)
Stage Size: 9.7m (32ft) deep, 60cm (24in) thick, 120 sq. meters (1,291 sq. ft.) in area
Stage Device: Movable sound reflecting disk, 13-m (43-ft) diameter, hanging 6 to 8.4m (20 to 27.5ft) above stage
Reverberation Time: 1.6 sec (full house)


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