The Sawakami Opera Foundation takes pride in supporting young musicians and provides opportunities to have international experiences.
One of our missions is to discover exceptional talents through auditions several times a year in Japan and Italy for scholarship to study abroad for professional music training.


In order to become a recognized musician in the world, one must overcome a tough competition as there are plenty of singers and instrument players aiming for the chance to perform on stage and dreaming of the future glory, and the population of striving artists is large in Italy, the birthplace for the opera. It is up to one’s motivation and effort how far he/she can reach and to draw luck to you to have the chance to perform on big stage.
Auditions through careful selection process are conducted by judges including Maestro Hirofumi Yoshida, Artistic Director of the foundation and Artistic Director of Bologna Philharmonic Orchestra, along with the first class musicians from leading opera houses in Italy.

We continue to discover talented soloists, chorus and instrument players anew.

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About Japan Festival Orchestra

Japan Festival Orchestra is originally established for the concert for one of the events of “Japan Cultural Week” events in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia held on April 13, 2017.
It is especially formed by the first class musicians through audition processes and promising singers studying in Italy on Sawakami Opera Foundation scholarship, with the direction of Maestro Hirofumi Yoshida, Artistic Director of Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna.