The Kyoto Gewandhaus Choir was founded in 1977 by Prof. Hayashi with the purpose of implanting into the Kyoto area a mixed chamber choir, dedicated to the German tradition of Oratorio, as exemplified in Leipzig by two of the greatest composers in musical history: J. S. Bach and F. Mendelssohn. The inaugural concert of the Kyoto Gewandhaus Choir was presented in the Kyoto Nishijin Textile Center, the famous Kyoto symbol of precious textiles.
Together with the Osaka Gewandhaus Choir, founded by Prof. Hayashi in 1982, the Kyoto Gewandhaus Choir toured Europe, performing at the Vatican in 1986 with an official invitation of the Pope John Paul 2nd and in London at the Westminister Abbey in 1989. The choir sang highly successful performances in Duesseldorf (Johanneskirche 1979), in Koeln (Koelner Dom 1983), in Vienna (Stephansdom 1993), Barcelona (Sagrada Familia 1995), Shanghai 1996, Leipzig ( Mendelssohn Music Festival Thomaskirche 1997), Wienna (Musikverein 2001/ °»Matthaus-Passion°…) and Berlin (Berliner Philharmonie 2004/ Brahms Requiem).
Since 1986 Prof. Hayashi presented his own Oratorio series at the Osaka Symphony Hall, where he conducted major choral works such as Bach°«s °»Matthaus-Passion°…, °»Johannes-Passion°…, B minor Mass, Handel°«s °»Messiah°…, Haydn°«s °»Jahreszeiten°…, °»Schopfung°…, the Brahms Requiem, Kazuko Hara°«s °»Life of Maria°… and the Mozart Requiem.
He was awarded the Osaka Prefecture Theater-Prize for the performance of Bach°«s St. Matthew Passion in 1972 and for Schubert°«s Mass in 1978. In 1991, he received the Symphony-Hall International Music Award: The Crystal- Prize for the combined performance of the Noh-play °»Sumidagawa°… and Britten°«s Church Parable °»Curlew-River°….