Message from the President

Aichi University of the Arts, surrounded by a vast green forest in Nagakute City, to the east of neighboring Nagoya City, is a "university of fine arts in the woods." Its fundamental policy of education is to provide "small-class education" based on thorough personal guidance. The combined number of students across both undergraduate faculties and graduate schools of art and music studying in this rich natural environment is at most around 1000.

If it is assumed that artists work is to put their own soul into their performances and works, the fact that there have been a large number of painters and composers since ancient times who have escaped from the urban hustle and bustle to place themselves amid the tranquility of nature to pursue their creative activities tells me of today that it was inevitable and certain for them. The prevalence of the Internet in the present day has given people an easy access to knowledge and information, yet at the same time may have kept them away from the kind of understanding which comes from the human senses and physicality. I think this, too, is where people find the meaning and value of learning art in an environment richly endowed with nature.

On the other hand, our university values connections with society. In June 2019, Aichi University of the Arts opened a satellite gallery, "SA・KURA," in Sakae, in downtown Nagoya City. It is a wonderful space for not only exhibitions but also mini-concerts. The lively art expression activities by our faculty members and students, such as regular orchestra concerts at Aichi Prefectural Art Theater, public opera performances at the hall of Nagakute Cultural Center, and various art courses, are the very core, the keystone of our dissemination to society.

In recent years, putting emphasis also on international exchange, we send our students to our overseas academic partner institutions and likewise accept students from them year after year. We hold lectures and public courses by well-known performers, authors and renowned educators, including artists in residence, from overseas throughout the year, making it fair to liken our university to an "artist village" in the suburbs of Nagoya City.

I am a vocalist. I think as a vocalist what is required to become an outstanding performer.

The beauty of the sound played. The technique that creates and supports the beautiful sound. Disciplined practice, effort and patience, which are essential factors to acquire the technique. Deep sensitivity and musicality. Intelligence. The ability to maintain concentration and self-control, courage, and so on in the extraordinary conditions of a real stage performance. And what comprehensively supports all of these requirements is the humanity of the performer, which becomes one's individuality, leading to an attractive performance on the stage.

I believe that these things are unalterably important in not only the art world but also non-art fields.

Aichi University of the Arts hopes to continue to be a university that can train students as human beings and develop their human power through art and music, and thereby contribute to the building of a better society through art.

Toshiki TOYAMA, President

Aichi University of the Arts



Toshiki TOYAMA

List of Successive Presidents

First President UENO, Naoteru April 1, 1966 to June 3, 1972
Second President KOZUKA, Shinichiro June 4, 1972 to Sptember 5, 1977
Third President TOYOOKA, Masuto December 1, 1977 to November 30, 1983
Fourth President KONO, Takashi December 1, 1983 to November 30, 1989
Fifth President TATEHATA, Yoshikado December 1, 1989 to November 30, 1995
Sixth President KAWAKAMI, Makoto December 1, 1995 to March 31, 2001
Seventh President SHIMADA, Shozo April 1, 2001 to March 31, 2007
Eighth President ISOMI, Teruo April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2013
Nineth President MATSUMURA, Koji April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2018
Tenth President SHIRAKI, Akira April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019
Eleven President TOYAMA, Toshiki September 1, 2019 to present