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History of Japan Flutists Association

Amended July 2013

August 1966 The 1st general meeting of Japan Flutists Association at Arcadia Ichigaya
President/ Masao Yoshida
Vice-presidents/ Tadao Yamada, John Owen Gauntlett
Advisers/ Tadashi Mori, Sumako Fukao, Takemi Masuzawa
Directors/ Akira Aoki and 23 others
September 1966 Anouncement of the establishment of Japan Flutists Association and membership recruitment
Originators/ Susumu Ito and 11 others
November 1966 The 1st edition of the journal issued by the Japan Flutists Association executive board
May 1968 The 1st Japan Flutists Association sponsored concert, “Nicolet-Rampal duets”
May 1971 Kansai branch established
August 1971 The 1st Summer School
March 1979 The 1st Japan Flute Festival was held in Tokyo
August 1982 The 1st Japan Flute Convention held at Tsumagoi in Shizuoka
August 1985 The 2nd Japan Flute Convention held at Nagoya City Performing Arts Center
August 1987 The 3rd Japan Flute Convention held at Kobe Convention Center
August 1988 JAF flute orchestra participated in NFA
August 1989 The 4th Japan Flute Convention held at Niigata City Music and Culture Hall
July 1990 Participated in Nice Flute Symposium ’90
August 1991 The 5th Japan Flute Convention held at Kobe Convention Center
August 1993 The 6th Japan Flute Convention held at International Conference Center Hiroshima
August 1995 The 7th Japan Flute Convention held at Kobe Convention Center
September 1995 Japan-Brazil friendship centennial anniversary enterprise
Participated in the 1st Brazil International Flute Festival
August 1997 The 8th Japan Flute Convention held at Kanagawa Kenmin Hall
August 1998 Two-nation concert tour of South America
Japan-Brazil 90th anniversary, Japan-Argentina friendship centennial commemoration concert
August 1999 The 9th Japan Flute Convention held at Nagoya Congress Center
August 2001 The 10th Japan Flute Convention held at Kobe Convention Center
September 2002 Concert tour of Hungary and Berlin
August 2003 The 11th Japan Flute Convention 2003 Fukuoka held at ACROS Fukuoka
November 2003 Masao Yoshida, Japan Flutists Association president passed away
May 2004 Masao Yoshida, Japan Flutists Association president memorial concert held
October 2004 Kyushu branch established
May 2005 Soichi Minegishi appointed as the new president
August 2005 The 12th Japan Flute Convention 2005 Sapporo held at Royton Hotel Sapporo
August 2007 The 13th Japan Flute Convention 2007 Tokyo & the 1st World Flute congress held at Tokyo University of the Arts, Ueno Gakuen University and Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

Bestowed the title of “permanent honorary president” on the former Flutists Association president, the late Masao Yoshida

August 2009 The 14th Japan Flute Convention 2009 held at Showa University of Music
August 2011 The 15th Japan Flute Convention 2011 in Shiga, held at Biwako Hall and Piazza Omi

Makoto Sasaki appointed as the new president
Bestowed the title of “honorary president” on the former Flutists Association president Soichi Minegishi

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August 2013 The 16th Japan Flute Convention 2013 in Takamatsu, held at Sunport Hall Takamatsu