Kazuki Yamada, conductors
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Kazuki Yamada



Kazuki Yamada is Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo. In Japan he holds further titles of Principal Guest Conductor of Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra (from January 2019), Permanent Conductor of Japan Philharmonic, Music Director and Chairman of The Philharmonic Chorus of Tokyo as well as Music Director of Yokohama Sinfonietta, an ensemble he founded whilst still a student.

Yamada appears as a guest with such orchestras as Orchestre de Paris, Staatskapelle Dresden, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Philharmonia Orchestra and Tonkünstler-Orchester at the Vienna Musikverein. Soloists with whom he is working include Emmanuel Ax, Boris Berezovsky, Håkan Hardenberger, Nobuko Imai, Daishin Kashimoto, Alexander Kniazev, Xavier de Maistre, Steven Osborne, Vadim Repin, Baiba Skride, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Simon Trpčeski and Frank Peter Zimmermann.

In the current season, alongside his weeks in Monte Carlo and Japan, Kazuki Yamada returns to City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestre Philharmonique du Capitole de Toulouse, Helsinki Philharmonic, Malaysian Philharmonic,Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and two weeks with Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI Torino. He will debut with MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig and Seattle Symphony.

He is active in the field of opera and appears with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra conducting ‘Rusalka’ at Nissay Theatre in autumn 2017. Additionally, he performs ‘La Traviata’ and ‘Carmen’ in Japan in coming seasons. He will also tour with Komische Oper Berlin for performances of ‘Die Zauberflöte’ in Japan in spring 2018. He is strongly supported by Seiji Ozawa. In August 2012 he conducted a semi-staged production of Honegger’s ‘Jeanne d’Arc’, with Saito-Kinen Orchestra; a project that was also a huge success in spring 2015 in Côme de Bellescize’s staged version at the Philharmonie de Paris, with Orchestre de Paris under Yamada.

Yamada was Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 2010-2017 and together they have been releasing a series of CDs inspired by dance, on the Pentatone label. The most recent has been a recording of French ballet works, and another of works by Manuel de Falla. Yamada is also Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus’ Music Director who have released ten CDs on Fontec.

Now resident in Berlin, Yamada was born in Kanagawa, Japan, in 1979. In 2009 he was the winner of the 51st Besancon International Competition for young conductors.

“…the OSR plays scintillatingly under Kazuki Yamada. The Sunday Times