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Chronology

Min-On has reached many remarkable milestones in its 55-year history:

Oct. 1963
Min-On Concert Association founded.

Nov.
First Min-On Subscription Concert held.

May. 1964
First Citizens Concert held in Tokyo.

Jan. 1965
Min-On incorporated as foundation authorized by the Japanese Ministry of Education.

Mar.
Monthly magazine “Min-On” published.

May. 1966
First Min-On Music Competition for Vocalists held (Forerunner of the Tokyo International Music Competition).

Sep.
First installment of the World Ballet Series Novosibirsk Ballet invited.

Dec.
First exchange with Jeunesses Musicales de France (JMF); Cecile Ousset Piano Recital.

Jul. 1967
First Min-On Music Competition for Conducting held.

Feb. 1969
First Min-On Contemporary Music Festival held.

Mar. 1970
Orquesta Jose Basso invited in the first installment of the Min-On Tango Series.

Jan. 1971
First installment of the Asian Folk Dance and Song Series started.

May. 1973
First School Concert held in Hokkaido.

Jan. 1974
Min-On makes first presentation of phonographic records to an elementary school.

Sep.
Bayerische Staatsoper München invited.

Nov.
The Min-On Music Library established.

Dec.
Min-On Music Competition for Chamber Ensembles initiated.

May. 1975
First Min-On Italian Music Festival held.

Jul. 1977
Min-On dispatches first team to research music and dance of the Silk Road.

Jul. 1979
First installment of A Musical Voyage along the Silk Road series held.

Sep. 1980
Wiener Staatsoper invited to make Japan debut.

Sep. 1981
Teatro alla Scala invited to make Japan debut.

Sep. 1983
Min-On produces independent opera, Le Nozze di Figaro.

Jul. 1984
First installment of A Musical Voyage along the Marine Road series held.

Sep. 1986
The Royal Opera invited.

Jul. 1988
Min-On receives Japanese Foreign Ministry Commendation.

Oct. 1989
Franco-Japanese Contemporary Music Festival held in Paris.

Aug. 1991
First Tokyo International Choreography Competition held.

Feb. 1992
Oper der Stadt Köln invited.

Oct. 1994
Min-On receives Special Certificate of Merit from Bulgarian Ministry of Culture.

Sep. 1997
Min-On Culture Center inaugurated. Min-On International Award for Arts established. Presented to John Neumeier of the Hamburg Ballet.

Aug. 1999
First installment of A Musical Voyage across Africa.

Oct. 2002
First Min-On Symposium “Asia Now” held.

Nov. 2003
Min-On receives the Order of Cultural Merit from the Polish Ministry of Culture.

Dec.
Min-On Music Library renamed Min-On Music Museum following an official designation as a music museum by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education.

May. 2004
Min-On Music Museum opened.

Apr. 2012
Min-On Music Museum Western Japan Branch inaugurated.

Jul. 2013
Min-On Concert Association newly recognized as a General Incorporated Foundation.

Oct. 2014
Min-On has established the Min-On Music Research Institute.
Min-On has launched Min-On Global Music Network.