In recognition of his outstanding services to music in the UK, Tadaaki Otaka received an honorary CBE and is also holder of the Suntory Medal, the highest musical award in his native Japan. He was Conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra for twenty years, and in 1987 he was made Music Director of BBC National Orchestra of Wales, before becoming their Conductor Laureate in 1996. Principal Conductor and Music Adviser of the Sapporo Symphony, he also founded Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo in 1995 and has toured with both ensembles in Europe. In 2010, Maestro Otaka becomes Principal Guest Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He will also become Designate Artistic Director at the New National Theatre,Tokyo in 2010 where he is currently both Artistic Consultant and Acting Artistic Director.