KD SCHMID Kazuki Yamada

Conductor

Kazuki Yamada

Biography – about the artist.

Kazuki Yamada is Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, and Principal Guest Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In Japan he holds further titles of Principal Guest Conductor of Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, 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, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden,
St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich 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 regular positions in Monte-Carlo, Birmingham and Japan, Kazuki Yamada returns as a guest to Orchestra Sinfionica Nazionale della RAI Torino, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, MDR-Sinfonieorchester in Leipzig, Utah Symphony, Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and NHK Symphony Orchestra. He debuts with Oregon Symphony and the Hallé Orchestra. A committed choral conductor, he will perform Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’ with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, taking the chorus on tour with him to Monte-Carlo where he performs the same work with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo.

He is active in the field of opera and this season will perform ‘La Damnation de Faust’ at Opéra Monte-Carlo. He is strongly supported by Seiji Ozawa and, 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 the Orchestre de Paris under the baton of Yamada. Committed to music education, Yamada appears as guest artist every summer with the students at the Seiji Ozawa International Academy in Switzerland.

Yamada was Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 2010-2017, and together they have released a hugely popular series of CDs inspired by dance, on the Pentatone label. 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 Besançon International Competition for young conductors. 

SEASON 2019/2020

The next dates:

21.11.2019

Auditorium Rai "Arturo Toscanini"

Torino

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22.11.2019

Auditorium Rai "Arturo Toscanini"

Torino

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01.12.2019

Auditorium Rainier III

Monte Carlo

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15.12.2019

Auditorium Rainier III

Monte Carlo

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17.12.2019

Auditorium Rainier III

Monte Carlo

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16.01.2020

The Bridgewater Hall

Manchester

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17.01.2020

Sheffield City Hall

Sheffield

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18.01.2020

Westmorland Hall

Kendal

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22.01.2020

Symphony Hall Birmingham

Birmingham

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01.02.2020

Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre

TOKYO

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02.02.2020

Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre

TOKYO

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11.02.2020

Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall

Yokohama

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13.02.2020

Suntory Hall

Tokyo

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19.02.2020

Symphony Hall Birmingham

Birmingham

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20.02.2020

Symphony Hall Birmingham

Birmingham

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23.02.2020

Symphony Hall Birmingham

Birmingham

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13.03.2020

Auditorium Rainier III

Monte Carlo

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22.03.2020

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

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26.03.2020

Utah Valley University

Orem

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27.03.2020

Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City

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28.03.2020

Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City

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02.04.2020

Symphony Hall Birmingham

Birmingham

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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

Germany, Austria, Switzerland:

Enrico Fischer

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Susanne Büttner

Associate Artist & Media Manager

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Ellen Arkwright

Artist Coordinator

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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.

„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

„Between the fullness of sound and dramaturgical efficiency, the last movement is conducted with an authority and a communicative enthusiasm by the excellent Kazuki Yamada.“

ResMusica, Michèle Tosi, 28.05.2019

„The concert opened with Ravels‘ impressionist overture. Maestro Kazuki Yamada, for the first time guest in Bern, led the BSO elegantly though Ravels’ distinctive piece.“

Berner Zeitung, Martina Hunziker, 25.03.2019

„Conductor Kazuki Yamada and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo showed themselves to possess a dynamic musical partnership and drove this point home in Tschaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.“

Salzburger Nachrichten, Florian Oberhummer, 18.10.2018

„Yamada leads the OSR in playing of rhythmic bite and tonal luster. [disc: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Ravel/Gershwin; Pentatone]“

The Arts Fuse (Boston's Online Arts Magazine), 26.03.2018