4.History

4.History

1966Inauguration of the Tokyo Musical Research Society (TO-ON Research Society) whose purpose was to research and promote Japanses composers works.
1968Inauguration of the National Piano Teachers' Association (PTNA).First edition of "Our Music", PTNA's quarterly magazine.
1973The first PTNA Piano Festival.
1977First PTNA Young Pianist Competition, known thereafter as the PTNA Piano Competition.Creation of the PTNA Teacher's Award.
1985Recognised by the (Japanese) Ministry of Education as an NPO (non-profit organisation).Inauguration of the Japan Mozart Music Competition.The first "Promising Teen Performers" Competition.
1989PTNA joined the first "ManabiPia", an event to promote the study of piano, where unprecedented 111 pianists played together on 111 grand pianos. 15th PTNA Piano Competition was held, in which the "Composer's Prize for Required Contemporary Composition" was established.The award for "Piano Compositions of Excellence" is established as an incentive to composers.
1995Senior Piano Circle (now "Piano Life") established. Gifu Prefecture joinedTokyo PTNA in sponsoring and organising the Japan Mozart Music Competition.
199620th PTNA Piano Competition was held with the attendance of HRH Prince Takamado at the Final and Awards Ceremony. Concerto Category was added to commemorate 20th anniversary. PTNA Piano Teachers' Seminar was inaugurated.
1997PTNA Piano STEP, concert-style evaluation, was launched to enhance lifelong learning of music. Online Teacher-Student introduction service launched.
1999PTNA Talk Concert was inaugurated.
2000The first Chamber Music Ensemble Seminar was held. Selections of PTNA Annual Research Paper contributions first published on the internet.
2001Yasuko Fukuda (Founder) was passed away and Seikoh Fukuda succeeded as new CEO and Secretary.
2002Audience Prize was adopted in Grade Superior.
2003Yasuko Fukuda Scholarship Audition was inaugurated. Establishment of Junior G grade. Total number of contestants reached 30,000. First issue of Magazine"Amuse"(renamed to "Grand Muse")
2004Amuse Grade changed its name to GrandMuse Grade.
2005School Classroom Concerts Project started. Starting of the new music score sales system "MUSSE"
2006The 30th PTNA Piano Competition was held. 1400 participants attended PTNA 40th Anniversary Fesival "Zimmerman talks about the Secrets of Music"
2007PTNA 40th Anniversary "Evening of Piano Concerti" was held at Suntory Hall. With Maestro Kazumasa Watanabe on tact, three PTNA soloists each performed with the NHK Symphony Orchestra. First streaming service in the PTNA Piano Competition Superior Grade.
2008Total number of contestants of 32nd PTNA Piano Competition reached 40,000. 62nd PTNA Piano Festival was held having 10 early keyboards on stage. "PTNA Piano Channel" launched on Youtube. Upgrade of PTNA Online Community.
2009Inauguration of new Chairperson (Nobuyuki Idei), vice Chairperson(Yuichiro Hata), and board members. Lesson Studio Visiting Program began. 
2010Started networking local piano/music competitions. Public Recording Concert Series, Music Branch Concert Collaborative Series, Comprehensive Musicianship Workshop were launched. PTNA started accepting intern students from colleges. 
2011Yasuko Fukuda Scholarship Foundation was acknowledged as a public interest incorporated association. PTNA took leadership in encouraging musical support to evacuees of Great East Japan Earthquake, and this dedication was later awarded by Ministry (MEXT). New experiments in PTNA Piano Competition to put more emphasis on educational aspects (student jury, Grade A2 memorial concert). PTNA Piano STEP commemorated 15th anniversary. Launched e-learning service. CEO gave speech at FACP(Asia). 
2012PTNA became General Incorporated Association. PTNA CrossGiving Project was launched. CEO gave speech at MTNA(US) and Milan. "ing" program was started for teachers' study encouragement.
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