nyse Music Director Mamoru Takahara is the founder and director of the New York Symphonic Ensemble.  since 1979, He has led the nyse on numerous Japan tours as well as on South Asian concert tours.  In 1988, he led an unprecedented performance at the ancient Toshodaiji Temple in Nara.  In subsequent years, he has taken the orchestra to other major historical landmarks in Japan, including the Izumo Shrine and Meiji Shrine.  Mr. Takahara’s lively imagination and dedication to his work has made the NYSE what it is today.  Year after year, he surprises and delights the public by planning and performing concerts in unconventional venues, some of which have included Tokyo Station, Ishikawa prefecture’s Noh theater, and Haneda Airport. 


Mr.Takahara made his American debut in 1976 conducting the Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York, where he remained as guest conductor until 1979.  in 1972, he was personally invited by leonard bernstein to study at the New York Philharmonic.  Mr.Takahara has also studied with Omar Suitner in Salzburg, Austria.  Starting out his musical career as a trumpeter, Mr.Takahara won first place in the Youth Competition of Western Japan at age 15.  He studied both trumpet and conducting at Kunitachi Music College in Tokyo.  In addition to conducting, Mr.Takahara has taught music history and brass studies. 


Mr.Takahara makes frequent guest appearances in his native Japan, conducting some of the country’s major orchestras, including the Tokyo Philharmonic.  He has recorded with Technics, Warner-Pioneer, Toshiba-EMI.