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Sylvain Cambreling [ Principal Conductor ]

Sylvain CambrelingIn April 2010 Sylvain Cambreling became the Principal Conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and in September 2012 takes up the position of General Music Director of Stuttgart State Opera.
French-born conductor Sylvain Cambreling is a musician with big ideas.  A thought-provoking, colourful and dramatic artist, and persuasive champion of contemporary music, he has a flair for grabbing the attention of audiences, yet his originality is rooted in thorough knowledge of musicology.
Cambreling was Music Director at La Monnaie for ten years before becoming Music Director at Frankfurt Opera in the 1990s.  Productions notable for the introduction of new and often revolutionary ideas include Pelléas et Mélisande and Les Troyens for the Salzburg Festival; Wozzeck, Fidelio and a Ring cycle in Frankfurt.
Sylvain Cambreling has conducted extensively at Opéra National de Paris, where his work has included Saint François d'Assise, Pelléas et Mélisande, Katya Kabanova, La Clemenza di Tito, The Love for Three Oranges, Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Simon Boccanegra, Les Troyens, Louise, LaTraviata, Ariane et Barbe-Bleue and Wozzeck.
Cambreling balances his opera engagements with his appointments with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Klangforum Wien, and guest appearances in concert with the world's leading orchestras.
A great believer in imaginative programming, Cambreling is famed for the originality of his concert-planning.  A speciality is the juxtaposition of contrasting but related works or composers, for example Haydn and Messiaen, or Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust with Schumann's Scenes from Goethe's Faust.  Among the boldest of his recent projects is the performance on consecutive evenings of Messiaen's three largest works - Turangalîla, Éclairs sur l'au-delà and La transfiguration de notre seigneur Jésus-Christ.
In 2009 Sylvain Cambreling received the Echo Klassik Conductor of the Year Award and the Deutsche Schallplatten Jahrespreise 2009 for best orchestral CD and in 2010 the MIDEM Contemporary Music Award for his recording of Messiaen with the SWR Freiburg and Baden-Baden Symphony Orchestra.
August 2011

Tatsuya Shimono [ Principal Guest Conductor ]

t_simono02.jpg In September 2001, at the age of 31, Tatsuya Shimono achieved international recognition when he was awarded First Prize at the 47th Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors, confirming his reputation both in and outside of Japan. Prior to this, he had already won the First Prize and the Hideo Saito Award at the Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting.
After graduating from the Kagoshima University Faculty of Education (Music), he furthered his artistic development at the Toho Gakuen School of Music Conducting Seminar and in master classes with Myung-Whung Chung and Yuri Temirkanov at the Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy (1996), where he received the Diploma presented to the seminar's most outstanding student.
Returning to Japan in 1997, Tatsuya Shimono served as Assistant Conductor at the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, working with conductors such as Takashi Asahina,Hiroshi Wakasugi and Jean Fournet.  Two years later, on a scholarship from the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, he moved to Europe to complete his studies at the Vienna Musikhochschule.
Once more in Japan, he quickly became a regular guest conductor with all the major Japanese orchestra. His opera debut in March 2005, conducting The Magical Flute at the New National Theatre Tokyo, received critical acclaim predicting a brilliant future as an opera conductor. Today, the remarkable collaboration he has with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra as its Resident Conductor, a specially-created post, has continued to capture the attention of both press and public since their first concert in November 2006, when they performed Mozart and Corigliano. In August 2008, he made his debut at the Saito Kinen Festival at the invitation of Seiji Ozawa. And this relation with Seiji Ozawa lead his return to Saito Kinen Festival already in 2010 as resident conductor of the festival, conducting six performances of the Concert for Children, the Welcome Parade and Joint Performances; and in being entrusted the podium by Seiji Ozawa in the four orchestral concerts on his beharl. Following on this he joined the festival in its trip to Carnegie Hall, making his U.S. debut conducting half of two of the concerts.
In 2011 Tatsuya has appointed as the Music Director to Hiroshima Wind Orchestra that shows his great interest also in this genre.
Tatsuya's exceptional charisma and musicality lead him also in international music scene rapidly and its early stage ,he has guest conducted at major orchestras such as Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg,Orchestre National de Bordeaux,Orchestre de Cannes PACA,Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi,Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia,Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra(SWR) and most recently at Sudwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz with immediate return invitation for 2013.
For his outstanding musical activities Tatsuya Shimono is the recipient of many accolades including the Idemitsu and Akeo Watanabe Music awards, Nippon Steel Music Award and Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Award.
August 2011

Stanislaw Skrowaczewski [ Honorary Conductor Laureate ]

Born in Lwow, Poland, Skrowaczewski began piano and violin studies at the age of four, composed his first symphonic work at seven, gave his first public piano recital at 11 and two years later played and conducted Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto, A hand injury during the war terminated his keyboard career, after which he concentrated on composing and conducting, In 1946 he became conductor of the Wroclaw (Breslau) Philharmonic, and he later served as Music Director of the Katowice Philharmonic (1949-54), Krakow Philharmonic (1954-56) and Warsaw National Orchestra (1956-59).
Skrowaczewski spent the immediate post-war years in Paris, and after winning the 1956 International Competition for Conductors in Rome he was invited by George Szell to make his American debut conducting the Cleveland Orchestra in 1958, This led to engagements with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati Symphonies and, in 1960, to his appointment as Music Director of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (now the Minnesota Orchestral. From 1984-91, following 19 years as Music Director of the Minneapolis Symphony, h e was appointed Principal Conductor of the Halle Orchestra.
Beginning with his "Overture 1947", which won the Szymanowski Competition in Poland, many of Skrowaczewski's works have received major international awards, Among his most recent compositions are his Symphony, premiered in 2003 by the Minnesota Orchestra, the Concerto for Orchestra, short listed for a Pulitzer Prize in 1999 and his Violin Concerto, commissioned and premiered by the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Skrowaczewski is currently the Conductor Laureate of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Principal Guest Conductor of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrucken Kaiserslautern, Skrowaczewski's interpretations of the Bruckner symphonies have earned him the Gold Medal of the Mahler-Bruckner Society, and his recent recordings of Bruckner's 11 symphonies with the Saarlaendischer Rundfunk Orchestra have received enormous critical acclaim, The Bruckner received the Cannes 2002 Award for Best Orchestral Recording of 18th/19th Century Orchestral Work.

Gennady Rozhdestvensky [ Honorary Conductor ]

Born in Moscow and studied conducting at the Moscow Conservatory. After conducting the Bolshoi Theatre, he led the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra as Chief Conductor. Rozhdestvensky worked with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra for the first time in December 1979. In 1990 he was named Honorary Conductor of the YNSO, and since then has appeared with us every autumn. Rozhdestvensky was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, in recognition of his outstanding contributions over the years to Russian music.

(Photography:Toshiyuki Urano)

Tadaaki Otaka [ Honorary Guest Conductor ]

Born in Tokyo in 1947. He studied conducting at the Toho Gakuen School of Music, as well as the Vienna Musikhochschule, and was for 20 years Permanent Conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1987 Otaka was appointed Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, later becoming its Conductor Laureate in 1996. He was named Honorary Conductor Laureate of Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo in 2003 and now works with Sapporo Symphony Orchestra as its Music Director. Otaka served the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra as its 6th Principal Conductor from 1992 until 1998, and led its European tours in 1993 and 1997. In April 1998, Otaka was appointed Honorary Guest Conductor of the YNSO.

Kenichiro Kobayashi [ Special Guest Conductor ]

One of Japan's most well-known conductors, Kenichiro Kobayashi has regularly appeared with the Arnhem Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonic and other leading world orchestras. In May 2002 he conducted the acclaimed opening concert of the complete "My Fatherland" at the Prague Spring Festival.
Kobayashi has released numerous recordings with Canyon Classics and Octavia Records, and is currently recording the complete Beethoven symphonies with the Czech Philharmonic.
After studying composition and conducting at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Kobayashi received both first prize and a special award at the first International Conductors' Competition of Hungarian Television in Budapest. He has also been honored with the Liszt Memorial Decoration, the Hungarian Order of Culture and Hungary's Middle Cross with Star decoration.
Kobayashi joined the YNSO as Special Guest Conductor in August 2011.