About Nippon Music Foundation

Date of Establishment
Supervisory Government
March 23, 1974
70,000,000 JPY and 20 Stringed Instruments
Makoto Kobayashi
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 universal contributions by loaning top quality stringed instruments acquired by the Foundation. The Foundation now owns 20 stringed instruments (14 Stradivarius violins, 3 cellos, 1 viola 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 benefit concerts worldwide using more than 10 Stradivarius instruments played by the recipients. These concerts offer unique opportunities for classical music lovers to fully enjoy the timbre of the superb stringed instruments. The proceeds are donated to the local organizations to be used for projects to promote classical music and other worthy cause.

The Foundation also provides grants to support a variety of classical music projects including concerts, workshops and seminars organized by local organizations.

The Foundation's activities are made possible by the generous support of The Nippon Foundation.

Trustees and Counselors


as of June 2013
  • Chairman
    Makoto Kobayashi
    Makoto Kobayashi
    Consultant to Japan
    Center for Regional
  • President
    Kazuko Shiomi
    Kazuko Shiomi
  • Managing Director
    Kinya Narabayashi
    Kinya Narabayashi
  • Bin Ebisawa
  • Hiroshi Fukuda
  • Toshihiko Fukui
  • Kazutoshi Hasegawa
  • Hisako Hatakeyama
  • Shigeaki Hinohara
  • Ryutaro Iwabuchi
  • Yukiharu Kodama
  • Yasuo Matsuki
  • Isamu Nitta
  • Kunihiko Saito
  • Toshihiko Saji
  • Professor at Graduate School of Shobi University
  • Of Counsel to Nishimura & Asahi (Tokyo)
  • President of the Canon Institute for Global Studie
  • Former Ambassador of Japan to Austria
  • Director of Hatakeyama Memorial Museum of Fine Art
  • Chair of the board of trustees of St. Luke's International Medical Center
  • Violinist
  • Chairman of The Mechanical Social Systems Foundation
  • Honorary Director of Shin Akasaka Clinic
  • Former Director of Toshiba Corporation
  • Former Ambassador of Japan to the United States of America
  • Former Director of The Mainichi Newspapers
  • Takashi Kakimi
  • Yoshiaki Yamauchi
  • Attorney at Law
  • Certified Public Accountant


  • Naoki Aikawa
  • Koichiro Aramaki
  • Katsuji Ebisawa
  • Hiroaki Fujii
  • Mitsu Kimata
  • Takehiko Kiyohara
  • Michio Kobayashi
  • Kazuo Maye
  • Hisaya Nara
  • Takeju Ogata
  • Hisayoshi Suma
  • Makoto Tanji
  • Professor Emeritus at Keio University
  • Executive Adviser to Kirin Holdings Company, Limited
  • Former President of NHK
  • Adviser to The Japan Foundation,President of Mori Arts Center
  • President of certified NPO Society for Women's Education and Leadership
  • Chairman of Sankei Shimbun Co., Ltd.
  • Pianist and Harpsichordist
  • Adviser to Tokyo College of Music
  • Senior Adviser to Mitsubishi Research Institute,Inc.
  • President of The Nippon Foundation
  • Cardiac Surgeon
  • Former Executive Director of the Bank of Japan


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TEL 03-6229-5566 FAX 03-6229-5570

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