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Izumi Hall was planned and constructed as part of the 60th anniversary project of Sumitomo Life Insurance Company and opened in April, 1990.
In pursuit of creating an ideal sound field, the Hall was modeled after the “Grosser Musikvereinssaal (Musikverein Main Hall) in Vienna”, home of the Vienna Philharmonic. It is a shoebox style concert hall with 821 seats.

With acoustics, elaborately considered not only through the design of the ceiling and walls but also the floor, chairs, and 8 chandeliers, a space filled with a confluence of instruments has been realized.
The reverberation time is between 1.8 and 2 seconds, which is regarded as the best time for classical chamber music.
Izumi Hall is equipped with distinct instruments, that cannot be fully appreciated in other halls, such as a pipe organ produced by Koenig Company (France) whose merit is a bright, soft sound, and a pianoforte, produced by Nanette Streicher in the 1820s, contemporary with Beethoven.
With Tadashi Isoyama (Professor of Kunitachi College of Music) as the musical director, Izumi Hall sponsors about 30 original performances each year.
Izumi Hall was incorporated into Sumitomo Life Social Welfare Services Foundation on November 1st, 2001.
Sumitomo Life Insurance Company established this Foundation in 1960 in order to contribute to various social welfare projects.
Afterwards, the Foundation was transferred to Sumitomo Life Welfare and Culture Foundation on April 1st, 2013.
The Foundation deals with businesses that support nursing-care, medical examinations, and non-profit organizations.
In the future, as a member of this Foundation, Izumi Hall will develop various social contribution activities further through wide distribution of diverse, high quality music.






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