MUSIC PEN CLUB JAPAN
The Music Pen Club Japan was founded in 1966 as an authorized personal rights
protection organization under the initial name "The Music Writers
Council". Consisting of forty leading music critics in Japan we have
written about various music genres, such as classical music and popular music
as well as other music-related fields including audio equipment. Not only do we
fight to protect our copyrights and payments for manuscripts, we also seek to
foster ever growing positive developments within Japan's music culture.
In 1994 the name was changed from "The Music Writers Council" to
"The Music Pen Club Japan", deliberately using the word
"Pen" in our name as it is commonly the writer's most important tool.
This name change symbolically expresses the organizational assembly of writers
in all music-related fields.
In 2014 The Music Pen Club Japan emerged as a general incorporated association,
which is now officially an organization responsible for Japanese music culture.
This has allowed us to expand our activities on a more public and international
In recent years we have organized several music seminars, concerts and other
cultural events. Additionally, we hold our annual Music Pen Club Awards.
Currently, we have 170 members from various fields including music critics,
audio equipment critics, musicologists, music writers, composers, musicians,
producers, translators and editors. Awards winners are nominated and voted upon
annually by the members of the club.
The winners of the 2014 Music Pen Club
Awards are as follows.
Solo Performance: Irina Mejoueva (piano)
Chamber Music/ Chorus: Vocal Ensemble Cappella
Opera/ Orchestra: Kyoto Symphony Orchestra
Contemporary Music: Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra
Study and Review: Yoko Goto (for her book[Kosaku Yamada]
Special Prize: Kei Yoshimura (Musicologist)
Lifetime Achievement Prize: Kazuyuki Tooyama (Musicologist)
Recording Prize for Japanese Performers:
Yamanaka (Somethin’ Blue)
Music/Video Recording Prize for
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga (Cheek to
Live Performance Prize for Japanese
Masahisa Segawa Presents Jazz I Love (on
the17th of June 2014 at the Oowada Denshow Hall, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Live Performance Prize for Non-Japanese
The Rolling Stones 2014 On Fire Japan
Tour (in February 2014 at the Tokyo Dome)
Brightest Hope Prize:
Satsuki Iida (Jazz Vocal)
Production/ Publication Prize:
[Live in Japan Collection 1066-1993] by
Lifetime Achievement Prize:
Technical Development Prize:
Technics C700Series, R1 Series ( Digital amplifier)
Superiority of Recording Prize:
Johann Sebastian Bach [The Complete
Cantatas] by Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki
[A Study of
Acoustic in Listening Rooms] by Shinichiro Ishii and Kenichi Takahashi
Chemical & Materials) for its development of the PC-Triple