About Nippon Music Foundation

Date of Establishment
Supervisory Government
March 23, 1974
Katsuji Ebisawa
Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
Date of Establishment
March 23, 1974
Katsuji Ebisawa
Supervisory Government
Cabinet Office, Government of Japan


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 string 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 young promising musicians and 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.

    Brochure of Nippon Music Foundation

  • PDF  (as of September 2023)

"Book" Instruments of Nippon Music Foundation

  • PDF  (as of March 2021)
  •   ※This book can be viewed at this facility.

Trustees and Counselors


as of 1 March 2024
  • Chairman
    Katsuji Ebisawa
    Katsuji Ebisawa
Managing Director Tamio Kano
Trustees Reiko Ishikawa
  Bin Ebisawa Honorary Professor at Kunitachi College of Music
  Toshihiko Fukui President of the Canon Institute for Global Studies
  Shinichiro Ito Senior Advisor of ANA Holdings INC.
  Izumi Kadono Honorary Professor at Seisen University, President of The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research
  Kazuhiko Sawa Violinist, President of Foundation for Cultural Heritage and Art Research
Auditors Takashi Kakimi Attorney at Law
Sadahiko Yoshimura Certified Public Accountant


  Naoki Aikawa Professor Emeritus at Keio University
  Hiroaki Fujii Advisor to The Japan Foundation
  Hisako Hatakeyama Director of Hatakeyama Memorial Museum of Fine Art
  Yukiharu Kodama Advisor to The Mechanical Social Systems Foundation
  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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The Nippon Zaidan Bld.5F, 1-2-2, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0052, Japan
TEL 03-6229-5566 FAX 03-6229-5570

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