Osakan Philharmonic Winds was formed in 1999, and became the first non-profit band in 2006, with its home base in JUBEL Hall, Osaka. The ensemble features Yoshihiro Kimura as Music Director, Tomo Matsuo, Resident Conductor, Jan Van der Roost, Principal Guest Conductor and Koji Orita as Music Advisor. The OSAKAN annually give approximately 40 recitals and concerts of varied instrumentation, from full band to chamber ensembles. They often perform in the beautiful IZUMI Concert Hall, welcoming eminent professional musicians such as Joseph Alessi (New York Philharmonic Principal Trombone), Ricardo Morales (Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Clarinet), David Griffin (Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hornist), Corrado Giuffredi (Principal Clarinet of the Orchesta della Svizzera Italiana), and Christopher Martin (New York Philharmonic Principal Trumpet).
Osakan Philharmonic Winds has released more than 50 CDs, earning rave reviews in a variety of media.
In 2009 the band traveled to Cincinnati to represent Asia in the14th World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference. In 2018, the Winds were invited to perform for the 49th Japan Band Clinic’s final concert. In December, 2019, they are honored to give the finale performance of the 73rd Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois.
In 2019, receiving accolades from the international band world, the Osakan Philharmonic Winds proudly celebrate their 20th Anniversary.