The works of composer Akira Nishimura and Malika Kishino were selected for the "Otaka Award", which is given to outstanding orchestra works in Japan, and the award ceremony was held on the night of July 1.

The "Otaka Award" is presented by the NHK Symphony Orchestra to outstanding orchestra works in Japan every year in commemoration of the achievements of Hisatada Otaka, who was a full-time conductor.

Last year, it was canceled due to the influence of the new corona virus, and the award-winning work, which was the first in two years, was composed by Akira Nishimura, "Hanakai Sekai-for Orchestra", and Kishino, who is based in Germany. "What the Thunder Said for Cello and Orchestra" composed by Malika Kishino was selected.

The two award winners participated in the award ceremony held in Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo on July 1, and Mr. Nishimura said, "I expressed a world where the momentary brilliance of flowers opens. I was commissioned by the NHK Symphony Orchestra. It was a work that was done, but I'm glad that I was able to meet my expectations. "

In addition, Mr. Kishino's work was composed on the theme of events in modern society such as corona disasters and climate disasters, and Mr. Kishino said, "When I was looking for a way to express what is happening now with" sound ". Inspired by a poem 100 years ago, I expressed how society regenerates, just as the dry land is restored by water. "

After that, two award-winning works were performed by the NHK Symphony Orchestra, and the audience gave a big applause.