Nippon Music Foundation was established in March 1974 with the objective to "enhance music culture" in Japan. In 1994, the Foundation started the "Instrument Loan Project" to make greater contributions towards the field of classical music worldwide by loaning the top quality stringed instruments.
The Foundation now owns 21 stringed instruments (15 Stradivarius violins, 1 viola, 3 cellos and 2 Guarneri del Gesù violins) and loans them gratis to young promising musicians and internationally-active musicians regardless of their nationalities. Furthermore, as the custodian of these world cultural assets, the Foundation is committed to maintaining them for future generations. Since 1997, the Foundation has had the honour of loaning the Stradivarius 1708 Violin “Huggins” to the First Prize winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition for a period of four years, until the following violin competition.
The Foundation organizes a number of concerts worldwide to provide opportunities for many people to fully enjoy the timbre of the superb instruments. One of the Foundation’s symbolic concert series “Encounter with Stradivari” features more than 10 Stradivarius instruments and their players.
The Foundation’s activities are made possible by the generous support of The Nippon Foundation.