Le Pont International Music Festival  Ako & Himeji 2018



ル・ポン国際音楽祭2018 赤穂・姫路
(Le Pont International Music Festival Ako & Himeji 2018)
Le Pont is the French word for “bridge.”


After world-renowned violinist, Daishin Kashimoto, who has connections with Ako and Himeji, proposed holding a “handmade” music festival like the ones in Europe, in which musicians play in their hometowns or towns with which they are closely connected, and in which audience and performers are brought closer together, the International Music Festival in Ako was held in fall 2007, and the Le Pont International Music Festival Himeji in fall 2008. After that, the cities of Ako and Himeji alternated the hosting of the music festival between them, but in 2012, the two cities co-hosted the festival for the first time.


  1. With Daishin Kashimoto (1st Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) as music director, a series of chamber music concerts will be held, featuring world-renowned musicians who are friends of Kashimoto.
  2. The concerts will be held at distinctive venues in Ako and Himeji at low admission prices.
  3. Large numbers of residents are involved in the running of the festival as volunteers. This creates various opportunities for the musicians and the audience and residents to interact with each other.

2017 Performances

Ako and Himeji Performances
  • Dates and Times
    6 performances between Sunday, October 7 and Sunday, October 14, 2018
  • Venues
    Ako: Harmony Hall
    Himeji: Himeji Castle Ninomaru,Shoshazan Engyoji Temple,Parnassus Hall

* See the individual webpages of each performance for details.