KD SCHMID Kazuki Yamada

Conductor

Kazuki Yamada

Biography – about the artist.

ARTISTIC and music DIRECTOR ORCHESTRE PHILHARMONIQUE DE MONTE-CARLO, 
PRINCIPAL GUEST CONDUCTOR CITY OF BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, 
PRINCIPAL GUEST CONDUCTOR YOMIRUI NIPPON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, 
PERMANENT CONDUCTOR JAPAN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA,
MUSIC DIRECTOR AND CHAIRMAN THE PHILHARMONIC CHORUS OF TOKYO, 
MUSIC DIRECTOR YOKOHAMA SINFONIETTA

In one of the most anticipated orchestral appointments of the year, Kazuki Yamada has just been announced as Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO). Commencing the role in spring 2023, Yamada builds upon the deep musical bond formed with players during his time as Principal Guest Conductor of the orchestra, a role held by him since 2018.

Alongside his commitments in Birmingham, Yamada is also Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo. Having already worked with the two organisations in partnership, conducting collaborative performances of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” in Monaco in 2019, Yamada’s new appointment sees a continuing link forged between Monaco and Birmingham, with the CBSO Chorus set for a return to Monaco in 2023 for a performance of Orff’s “Carmina Burana”.


Time spent under the close supervision of Seiji Ozawa served to underline the importance of what Kazuki Yamada calls his “Japanese feeling” for classical music. Born in 1979 in Kanagawa, Japan, he continues to work and perform in Japan as Permanent Conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.

Yamada’s passionate and collaborative approach to conducting means he commands a busy international diary of concerts, opera and choral conducting. His guest conductor appearances have included Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Melbourne Symphony, Seattle Symphony and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, with whom he held the position of Principal Guest Conductor from 2012–2018.

Yamada performs again with Krystian Zimerman in 2022, following their Beethoven cycle in Monte Carlo in 2020. He has also worked with soloists such as Emanuel Ax, Boris Berezovsky, Håkan Hardenberger, Martin Helmchen, Nobuko Imai, Steven Osborne, Baiba Skride, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Frank Peter Zimmermann.

In the 2021/2022 season, Yamada’s engagements include returns to Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and to Opéra de Monte-Carlo for a production of Berg’s Wozzeck, guest appearances with NHK Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and Residentie Orkest Den Haag. In future seasons Yamada appears with Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Belgian National Orchestra. He embarks on two operas in Monte Carlo – Berlioz’s “La damnation de Faust” alongside a fully staged performance of Saint-Saëns’ rarely programmed “Déjanire”.

Strongly committed to his role as an educator, Yamada appears annually as a guest artist at the Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on international concert halls reaffirmed his belief that - in his words - ‘the audience is always involved in making the music. As a conductor, I need an audience there as much as the musicians’.  Yamada studied music at the Tokyo University of the Arts, where he discovered a love both for Mozart and the Russian romantic repertory. He first achieved international attention upon receiving first prize in the 51st Besançon International Competition for young conductors in 2009.  After living in Japan for most of his life, he now resides in Berlin.

SEASON 2021/2022


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The next dates:

17.07.2022

Prince’s Palace of Monaco

Monaco-Ville

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20.07.2022

Le Palais de Monaco

Monaco Ville

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24.07.2022

Symphony Hall Birmingham

Birmingham

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25.07.2022

Royal Albert Hall

London

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23.08.2022

Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam

Amsterdam

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02.09.2022

Suntory Hall

Tokyo

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03.09.2022

Suntory Hall

Tokyo

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20.09.2022

Symphony Hall Birmingham

Birmingham

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24.09.2022

Grimaldi Forum Salle des Princes

Monte Carlo

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27.09.2022

Grimaldi Forum Salle des Princes

Monte Carlo

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02.10.2022

Auditorium Rainier III

Monte-Carlo

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16.10.2022

Auditorium Rainier III

Monte-Carlo

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13.11.2022

Opéra de Monte-Carlo

Monte Carlo

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16.11.2022

Opéra de Monte-Carlo

Monte Carlo

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19.11.2022

Opéra de Monte-Carlo

Monte Carlo

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25.11.2022

Sala Santa Cecilia

Roma

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26.11.2022

Sala Santa Cecilia

Roma

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27.11.2022

Sala Santa Cecilia

Roma

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09.12.2022

Palais des Beaux-Arts Bruxelles

Bruxelles

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10.12.2022

Grand Manège - Namur Concert Hall

Namur

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Your contact persons:

General Management (except France, Italy and Russia):

Anna Wetherell

+44 20 7395 09-32

anna.wetherell@kdschmid.co.uk

General Management (except France, Italy and Russia):

Susanne Büttner

+44 20 7395 09-31

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Germany, Austria, Switzerland:

Enrico Fischer

+49 30 5213 702-26

enrico.fischer@kdschmid.de

Ellen Arkwright

Associate Artist Manager

+44 20 7395 09-37

ellen.arkwright@kdschmid.co.uk

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Discography.

Saint-Saëns / Poulenc / Widor

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

06.2019, Pentatone, CD

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De Falla

05.2017, PentaTone, CD

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Roussel, Debussy & Poulenc

08.2016, PentaTone, CD

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Russian Dances

03.2016, PentaTone, CD

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Strauss, Liszt, Korngold, Busoni, Schreker

05.2014, PentaTone, CD

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Press.

„On Thursday night at the Kennedy Center, I watched one of the most charismatic conductors I’ve seen all year lead the National Symphony Orchestra in one of the most energetic performances I’ve heard all season.“

Washington Post, Michael Andor Brodeur, 17.06.2022

„Yamada is a conductor of wonderful podium presence, every expressive gesture communicating his deep immersion in the music, with the orchestra responding so positively and enthusiastically.“

Slipped Disc, Christopher Morley, 01.07.2021

„Yamada is reminiscent of Andris Nelsons: a smiling, engaging presence who seems to exude music, and who can shape massive sonorities with the wave of a finger.“

The Arts Desk, Richard Bratby, 20.02.2020

„Schumann’s Second Symphony is a relative rarity in concert programmes, but under Yamada’s direction this was the most exciting Schumann performance I have ever heard.“

Slipped Disc, John Gough, 23.01.2020

„Undertaken by staunchly tonal strings, punctuated with dashes of percussion, it was a profoundly immersive journey under the baton of Kazuki Yamada.“

NZ Herald, William Dart, 21.10.2019

„Yamada, who is principal conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo and principal guest conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, jolted the NSO with an electrifying bolt of musical energy.“

The Irish Times, Michael Dervan, 05.06.2019