Kazuki Yamada announced as new Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

KD SCHMID are thrilled to announce that Kazuki Yamada will become the Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO). He will succeed Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, and begins the position in April 2023.

Yamada has been the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor since 2018, and commented on his new role: “I first worked with the CBSO in 2012 and felt immediately a very sincere connection with the players. This connection has really grown and developed over the last 9 years. We went on tour together to Japan in 2016, and it was one of the highlights of my career. After this, the relationship was so much deeper. I am so happy, thrilled and above all honoured to be continuing our journey together”.

He is currently Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo. In Japan, he holds further titles of Permanent Conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. In 2019, he brought the CBSO Chorus on tour to Monte Carlo for a performance of Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’, following their performance of the work in Birmingham. There are future plans to continue this association, with performances of Carl Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’ planned in both Birmingham and Monaco.

Karen McDonald comments: “All of us at KD SCHMID are absolutely thrilled with the news of Kazuki’s appointment with the CBSO. We have a long-standing and rich partnership with this magnificent orchestra and look forward with great anticipation to this exciting new chapter in their illustrious history under Kazuki’s artistic leadership.

As a guest conductor, Yamada is in demand with international orchestras including Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Philharmonia Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, MDR Sinfonieorchester, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, National Symphony Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra.