Jo Kondo Becomes 55th Recipient of 'Suntory Music Award'

UYMP is thrilled to hear that Jo Kondo has been announced as the 55th recipient of the Suntory Music Award, hosted by Suntory Foundation for the Arts, and offers Professor Kondo many congratulations. This award is granted to individuals who have contributed notably to the development of Western-style music in Japan; the awarding committee felt that "since his sen no ongaku (linear music) series exactly half a century ago, Jo Kondo has continued to enlighten Japanese audiences and musicians on a profound level with his works and writings". UYMP would of course like to echo the statement that "this year presents an excellent opportunity to honor this composer, who has continued to work with an intellect and integrity rarely seen in the world today".

More information about the award can be found here.