IlluminArt was founded by Artistic Director Tomomi Nishimoto. With an orchestra, opera, ballet, and chorus, its activities now spread across the globe as it realizes its three visions of creating a composite art through tradition and innovation, premiering works of fusion that bring Asia together through the cultural arts, and co-creating using both music and science. IlluminArt has gained worldwide renown, receiving an honorary title from the Vatican Music Festival, international awards, and the Japan Media Arts Festival's Excellence Prize, as well as appearing on television and in commercials.
Honorary Partner Orchestra of the Vatican Music Festival
Formed by Artistic Director Tomomi Nishimoto, the IlluminArt Philharmonic Orchestra is gaining worldwide attention through its premieres of new works and its activities that cross borders.
In 2013 the Philharmonic was the first Asian orchestra in history to perform at the Vatican, and since then has been invited as a main orchestra alongside the Vienna Philharmonic, performing the Holy Mass Celebrated on Behalf of the Pope at Saint Peter's Basilica that is broadcast to approximately 35 countries. They also began activities in China after being invited there in 2018, successfully completing eight performances. In 2019, they were named as the orchestra for the European Foundation for Support of Culture's first Japan tour.
IlluminArt brings art that is a composite of tradition and innovation to the world, such as "Sennyuji Temple Sound Stage: East Meets West" (Winner of the Silver Screen award in the Entertainment: Performing Arts division of the US International Film Video Festival as well as the World Media Festival's intermedia-globe Silver award for Arts Documentaries); a musical memorial service commemorating the 1200-year anniversary of Mount Koyasan; performances of the opera Madame Butterfly at Kyoto Minamiza, Shochikuza Theatre, and Shinbashi Enbujo; the Imperial Hotel Arts Festival; a performance commemorating Hirado City's recognition as a World Heritage site; a performance commemorating Yakushiji Temple's recognition as a World Heritage site; INNOVATION OPERA: Stupa-The New Sotoba-Komachi, and more. The group has a wide range of activities, such as bringing Asian culture to the world through a concert performance commemorating the 50th anniversary of the normalization of relations between Japan and Korea, a performance at Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City Opera House, world premiere performances of commissioned pieces by composers in various Asian countries, and more. NHK-FM's "Nagasaki: The Tone of Prayer" won them the 2018 National Arts Festival's Excellence Award in the radio documentary division. The group also has many appearances on TV and in commercials.
Honorary Partner Chorus of the Vatican Music Festival
The IlluminArt Chorus is led by Artistic Director Tomomi Nishimoto, and it aims to contribute to society through art and culture primarily through stage production activities, including performances of restorations of lost music, holding workshops, and more. As of 2014, the Chorus's performance at the Holy Mass Celebrated on Behalf of the Pope at Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Music Festival is broadcast live around the world by Vatican Radio.
The Chorus has appeared in a musical memorial service commemorating the 1200-year anniversary of Mount Koyasan; "Sennyuji Temple Sound Stage: East Meets West"; performances of the opera Madame Butterfly at Kyoto Minamiza, Shochikuza Theatre, and Shinbashi Enbujo; the Imperial Hotel Arts Festival; the world premiere of INNOVATION OPERA: Stupa-The New Sotoba-Komachi, and more.