Career History

Akira Miyagawa at a quick glance

1979

graduated from Wako High School

1981

entered Tokyo University of the Arts and majored in music composition

1983

began making and arranging music for shows at Tokyo Disneyland since its opening.

1995
became the music director and permanent conductor of Osaka Philharmonic
Orchestra’s popular music concerts (Akira conducted at two concerts per year during the orchestra’s regular seasons—one in spring and another in autumn)

1996
won the ABC International Music Award for popular music concerts with Osaka Philharmonic

1997
won the Yomiuri Theater Award in the theater company category for the musical “Shintokumaru”
“Shintokumaru” was played at the Barbican, London

1998
became the music director of the Ensemble Vega

2000
won the Tokyo Metropolitan Theater’s best musical award for “Miracle”

2003
began producing music for “Quintet,” NHK’s television show for children
(continued until 2010)

2004
“Matsuken Samba II” became a big hit

2005
won the Yomiuri Theater Award in the theater company category for “Hamlet”
won the ABU Prize in the children category for “Quintet”
(*ABU: Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union)

2009
launched Concertante II in collaboration with New Japan Philharmonic

2010
became the artistic director of Osaka Municipal Symphonic Band

2011
the Japanese traditional-dance version of “A Streetcar Named Desire” was played in Paris

2013
“Akira Juku” toured in the United States