Restoration of Mozart's former residence Completed in January 1996,Special Web Movies

The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company was founded in 1902, and since then has fulfilled its responsibilities to society through social action programs and through actively supporting the fields of arts and culture.
One such program involved the reconstruction of the residence of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the world's most beloved composers. The residence itself was destroyed by bombing during the Second World War, but in 1996, it was restored to its former glory. One of the main reasons for rebuilding Mozart's home was to give people today and in the future a glimpse of how Mozart lived as a young man, in those rooms where he once composed some of the greatest music the world has ever seen.

The Story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and “the Mozart Residence”.

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The Story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Mozart Residence

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The Story of the Mozart Residence

The Mozart Residence - located in Salzburg's New Town, this was where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived as a young man, from the time he was 17 to when he was 24 years old. Also known as the Tanzmeisterhaus, or Dancing Master's House, it was destroyed during the bombing raids of the Second World War, but with the support of Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, the residence was rebuilt in 1996. This is the story of Mozart's Residence - where the spirit of Mozart himself can still be felt.

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Mozart's Violins

Mozart's three violins - the instrument he received from his father as a child, the instrument he used during his time as concert master to the court of the Archbishop of Salzburg, and the Italian-made Costa Violin he used when playing at home during his time in Vienna. We talk about these three instruments as we listen to the precious sounds they make.

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The Secrets of Mozart's Letters and Scores

The Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation holds a number of letters written by Mozart, including some to his father Leopold, and even musical scores written in his own hand. These items give us a powerful glimpse into his life and music, and they are currently stored in the most strictly controlled conditions in the special collection room in the basement of the Mozart Residence, giving us a picture of the man himself and his life that cannot be found elsewhere.

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Mozart's Keyboard Instruments

Here we take a look at two pianos currently in the possession of the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation that were once actually played by Mozart. You will have the chance to hear the true sound of these two instruments - one, the Walter piano Mozart used to have transported to his concerts from his home in Vienna, and two, the clavichord he used to compose music in the later years of his life.

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Mozart Audio-Visual Collection

The Mozart Residence shares facilities with the Mozart Audio-Video Collection, which was established in 1991. Visitors will learn about the oldest recording (1889) in the collection - of Danish baritone Peter Schram singing excerpts from Leporello's arias - the 1909 silent film Mozart's Last Requiem, and other items.

Our Company and Mozart

The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited

Lange: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at the Piano (1789)

The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited was founded in 1902 and, ever since its establishment, has actively striven towards strong life insurance business operations. The focus was not solely financial, but to nurture a society that enjoyed peace of mind and a strong sense of community. Thus, as part of our corporate social responsibility drive, we proactively contribute towards society in various ways, including in the field of arts and culture.
The majority of our efforts were expended on causes within Japan and we recognized the need to contribute to the global society. Hence, as one of our 90th anniversary projects, we contributed to the restoration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's former residence. The restoration was successfully completed in 1996, and our involvement established a relationship with Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation, an organization world-renowned for its collection of original documents and academic research on one of the world's most beloved composers.
This bond between our two organizations has flourished, and it is our pleasure to have realized several collaborative events with Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation in recent years.

Restoration of Mozart's former residence “Tanzmeisterhaus” Completed in January 1996

There are two historical residences in Salzburg in connection to Mozart: the first was his birthplace, and the latter a second residence known as “Tanzmeisterhaus”. Unfortunately, bombing during World War II destroyed half of Tanzmeisterhaus, and a different structure was built on the damaged section of the property, thereby eradicating all traces of the house's original features.
The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company supported the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation's restoration project, and in 1996 the residence was restored to its original form of the 18th century. Today, the residence is utilized as a museum and hosts various exhibitions and concerts, entertaining visitors from around the world.

Salzburg, Austria: A renowned world heritage

Salzburg is a historic city surrounded by beautiful mountains located near the German border, and Salzburg's “Old Town” is registered as a World Heritage site. As a landmark, the Hohensalzburg Fortress rises above the rooftops and can be seen from any point in the city. The city maintained its independency as the archdiocese of Salzburg, and is now known for the birthplace of Mozart and the setting of the movie “The Sound of Music”.

Concert incorporating Mozart's childhood violin December 2009

To mark the 140th anniversary of the Japanese/Austrian treaty, Mozart's child violin (“Kindergeige”), owned by the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation, was brought to the East for the first time in history. It was played during a one-night only concert in Tokyo's National Museum of Art, and the concert was held alongside the “Habsburg Exhibition”, which portrayed fine arts from the time period.

Pieces from Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation Collection: “Portraits of Mozart” November 2011

Next, in commemoration of The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company's 110th year, an exhibition of the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation's collection of “Portraits of Mozart” was held at our company's headquarter building in Tokyo. Under supervision of internationally respected authority Mr. Bin Ebisawa, the collection was exhibited to depict Mozart from various perspectives. The exhibit displayed “Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at the Piano” by Lange (1789) for the first time in Japan, a piece made famous in Japan by the well-known author Hideo Kobayashi's writings. The exhibition also hosted daily lobby-concerts by top musical performers from Japan which were well received by the audiences.

Bin Ebisawa, Mozart Lecture Concert - In harmony with violins and violas Mozart loved - November 2011

During the exhibition of Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation's collection “Portraits of Mozarto” a concert was hosted where violins and a viola which Mozart himself used during his lifetime was played. Lectures by Mr. Bin Ebisawa were also presented during the concert. It was the first time in the history for Japan to exhibit musical instruments possessed by Mozart. Performance by top orchestra members from the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation using Mozart's own instruments fascinated the audience.

Mozart Collection & Concerts - 250 Years of Sound

On May 11, 2014, our headquarters' gallery was proud to host the Mozart Collection & Concerts - 250 Years of Sound. The very same violin made 250 years ago and loved by Mozart himself, along with a collection of items like scores written in his own hand, found their way to Japan for the exhibition.
A Mozart program concert in the lobby from this precious violin and clavier captivated many people with resonance that transcended 250 years.

An exhibition of the International Mozarteum Foundation's collection, Nannerl & Wolfgang Lobby concert, a revival of Mozart's original sound

In May 2017, an exhibition of the International Mozarteum Foundation's collection, Nannerl & Wolfgang took place at the Dai-ichi Life Head Office, and at its lobby, a recital, Ima Yomigaeru Mozart's Hibiki, or a revival of Mozart's original sound, was held. The exhibition had rare and authentic items related to Mozart and Nannerl, such as Mozart's first small violin for children, his concert violin during his years as a court musician, and his original scores and letters. At the concert, his music was played with these two violins which replicated the sound of his time. Kawasaki and Salzburg Cities Friendship Concert was also held with the corporation of Salzburg's sister city, Kawasaki, and audience enjoyed the great harmony of these violins and a piano.

The Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation and Mozart

Print of Mozart with a lock of his hair

Based in Mozart's birthplace of Salzburg, Austria, the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation is an international organization that preserves and manages buildings related to Mozart, collects historical materials and publishes research findings on such materials. There are over a hundred original handwritten notes which include letters written by both Mozart and his father, as well as a collection of Mozart's personal belongings. The amassed collection numbers in the tens of thousands, making the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation one of the largest facilities to manage Mozart's materials. In recent years, the Foundation has also begun digitally processing musical scores and other materials.
Furthermore, the Foundation hosts the International Mozart Week music festival in Salzburg, and exhibits its collections in both the house Mozart was born in and his second residence, the “Tanzmeisterhaus”. The Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation's historical roots stem from the “Cathedral Music Association and Mozarteum”, which was established 50 years after Mozart's passing. Mozart's widow Constanze Nissen was involved in the establishment, and many of Mozart's materials were provided by the Mozart family. In 1880, the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation was separated from the Cathedral Music Association and Mozarteum. Today, three institutions still bear the name Mozarteum: The Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation, the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, and the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra.

An unparalleled genius: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria in 1756. By the time of his death in Vienna at the young age of 35, the genius had composed numerous pieces in various genres of music including opera, symphony, concerto, chamber music, songs and Church music. His father Leopold introduced Mozart to the world of music at the age of four. Mozart then composed his first musical piece at age 5, his first symphony at 8 and opera when he was 12. As a prodigy, he spent most of his time travelling, and was invited to most European major palaces such as the Schönbrunn Palace and the Palace of Versailles. Then, Mozart's dispute with the Archbishop of Salzburg when he was 25 meant that he spent the next 10 years as the world's first ever free musician, a time during which A. Salieri was the Hofkapellmeister in Vienna. Despite his success as a musician, Mozart was unable to secure either a stable income or fame and this dilemma was reflected in the pieces he composed in the latter years of his life, which gained more depth and gravity. Salzburg, with its annual music festival, is now considered a sacred place for music aficionados. It is a city that houses over 600 of Mozart's compositions, a priceless heritage to mankind of historical masterpieces that will be passed on to the coming generations.