Nippon Music Foundation was established in 1974 with the objective to "enhance music culture" in Japan. In 1994, the Foundation started the "Instrument Loan Project" through which the Foundation has strived to make international contributions by loaning the top quality stringed instruments acquired by the Foundation. The Foundation now owns 21 stringed instruments (15 Stradivarius violins, 1 viola, 3 cellos and 2 Guarneri del Gesu violins), and as the custodian of these world cultural assets, maintains them for future generations and loans them gratis to internationally-active musicians regardless of their nationalities.
The Foundation organizes numerous concerts worldwide to provide opportunities for many people to fully enjoy the timbre of the superb instruments. One of the Foundation's symbolic concert series "Encounter with Stradivari" features more than 10 Stradivarius instruments and their players.
The Foundation also provides grants to musical projects with a public interest purpose to enhance musical culture. These projects are determined based on the selection of the Grant Project Committee.
The Foundation's activities are made possible by the generous support of The Nippon Foundation.
|Bin Ebisawa||Honorary Professor at Kunitachi College of Music|
|Toshihiko Fukui||President of the Canon Institute for Global Studies|
|Izumi Kadono||Honorary Professor at Seisen University, President of The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research|
|Kunihiko Saito||Former Ambassador of Japan to the United States of America|
|Auditors||Takashi Kakimi||Attorney at Law|
|Sadahiko Yoshimura||Certified Public Accountant|
|Naoki Aikawa||Professor Emeritus at Keio University|
|Koichiro Aramaki||Former Chairman of Kirin Holdings Company, Limited|
|Hiroaki Fujii||Advisor to The Japan Foundation|
|Hisako Hatakeyama||Director of Hatakeyama Memorial Museum of Fine Art|
|Takehiko Kiyohara||Executive Adviser to Sankei Shimbun Co., Ltd.|
|Yukiharu Kodama||Advisor to The Mechanical Social Systems Foundation|
|Akira Nishimura||Composer, Professor at Tokyo College of Music|
|Takeju Ogata||President of The Nippon Foundation|
|Takafumi Sato||Former Commissioner of Financial Services Agency|
|Miyuki Shiraishi||Musicologist, Music Critic, Professor at Musashino Art University|
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