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General Music Director, Bayerische Staatsoper
Music Director, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal
Artistic Advisor, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Renowned for interpretations of clarity, elegance and intelligence, Kent Nagano is equally at home in music of the classical, romantic and contemporary eras, introducing concert and opera audiences throughout the world to new and rediscovered music and offering fresh insights into the established repertoire. Music Director of both the Bayerische Staatsoper and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, and in great demand as a guest conductor with the world’s finest orchestras, Kent Nagano records exclusively for Sony Music.
25 Apr 2013
Kent Nagano conducted Orchestre symphonique de Montréal in a concert on 16 April that is streamed on medici.tv, available until mid July....
10 Apr 2013
The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Music Director Kent Nagano have announced their programme for the 2013/14 season. The orchestra has two reasons at once...
26 Mar 2013
In Leipzig on 4/5 April Kent Nagano will be on the rostrum of the Gewandhausorchester conducting the first European performance of the Violin Concerto by Peter Eötvös, a work commissioned jointly...
27 Oct 2012
At the Bavarian State Opera Kent Nagano conducts the world premiere of Jörg Widmann’s opera “Babylon”. The philosopher Peter Sloterdijk has written the libretto for this work that was commissioned...
25 Sep 2012
Amercian conductor Kent Nagano has been appointed General Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra. He begins his 5-year tenure in the 2015/16 season. Read...
30 Aug 2012
American conductor Kent Nagano has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Sweden. Kent Nagano will start his...
13 Aug 2012
Music Director Kent Nagano and his Orchestre symphonique de Montréal have announced their 2012/13 season. With the inauguration of their new concert hall in September 2011 the Orchestra will...
30 May 2012
Kent Nagano continues the new Ring Cycle at the Bayerische Staatsoper directed by Andreas Kriegenburg with Siegfried. The premiere on 27 May was received with great acclaim by the audience....
12 Mar 2012
Kent Nagano received a standing ovation at the premiere of Wagner’s Die Walküre at the Bayerische Staatsoper on 11 March. The new production by Andreas Kriegenburg is the second opera of the...
30 Jan 2012
Kent Nagano will conduct the premiere of Wagner’s Das Rheingold on 4 February 2012 opening the Bayerische Staatsoper’s Ring Cycle in a new production by Andreas Kriegenburg. ...
Kent Nagano is renowned for interpretations of clarity, elegance and intelligence. He is equally at home in music of the classical, romantic and contemporary eras, introducing concert and opera audiences throughout the world to new and rediscovered music and offering fresh insights into established repertoire. In September 2006 he became Music Director of both the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich and Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. He is Artistic Advisor of Gothenburg Symphony and will take on the role as their Principal Guest Conductor in September 2013. In September 2015 he will take up the position of General Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra.
At the Bayerische Staatsoper Kent Nagano will conduct the World premiere of Jörg Widmann’s opera Babylon in the 12/13 season. Other new operas Nagano has commissioned for Bayerische Staatsoper are Das Gehege by Wolfgang Rihm and Alice in Wonderland by Unsuk Chin. New productions have included Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov and Khovanshchina, Idomeneo, Eugene Onegin, Ariadne auf Naxos and Die Schweigsame Frau, Les Dialogues des Carmélites, St François d’Assise, Wozzeck and Der Ring des Nibelungen. With the Bayerisches Staatsorchester Nagano has toured throughout Europe and in Japan and together they have recorded Bruckner Symphonies No. 4 and 7 released on Sony.
In September 2011, Kent Nagano and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal inaugurated their new concert hall La Maison Symphonique. Highlights with the orchestra include the complete cycles of Beethoven and Mahler Symphonies, Schoenberg's Gurrelieder, concert versions of Wagner's Tannhäuser, Tristan und Isolde, Das Rheingold and Messiaen's Saint François d'Assise, and concert series’ featuring the works of Dutilleux (2010-2011) and Boulez (2011-2012). Nagano has taken the orchestra on a coast-to-coast tour of Canada and also to Japan, South Korea and Europe. Their recordings together include the Juno award winning album “Ideals of the French Revolution” with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Beethoven’s Piano Concertos No.4 & 5. As part of a recording of all the Symphonies by Beethoven the Symphonies No. 3, 6, 8 and 9 have also been released by Sony Classical/Analekta.
As a much sought after guest conductor Nagano has worked with most of the world’s finest orchestras including the Vienna, Berlin and New York Philharmonics, Chicago Symphony, Dresden Staatskapelle and Leipzig Gewandhaus. He has an ongoing relationship with Sony Classical and has also recorded for Erato, Teldec, Pentatone and Deutsche Grammophon as well as Harmonia Mundi, winning Grammy awards for his recordings of Busoni’s Doktor Faust with Opéra National de Lyon, Peter and the Wolf with the Russian National Orchestra and Saariaho’s L’amour de Loin with the Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin.
A very important period in Nagano’s career was his time as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, from 2000 to 2006. He performed Schönberg’s Moses und Aron with the orchestra (in collaboration with Los Angeles Opera), and took them to the Salzburg Festival to perform both Zemlinsky’s Der König Kandaules and Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten, as well as to the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden with Parsifal and Lohengrin in productions by Nikolaus Lehnhoff. Recordings with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin for Harmonia Mundi include repertoire as diverse as Bernstein’s Mass, Bruckner’s Third and Sixth Symphonies, Beethoven’s Christus am Ölberge, Wolf Lieder, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony and Schönberg’s Die Jakobsleiter and Friede auf Erden, as well as Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 and Schönberg’s Variationen für Orchester op. 31. In June 2006, at the end of his tenure with the orchestra, Kent Nagano was given the title Honorary Conductor by members of the orchestra, only the second recipient of this honour in their 60-year history.
Kent Nagano became the first Music Director of Los Angeles Opera in 2003 having already held the position of Principal Conductor for two years. His work in other opera houses has included Shostakovich’s The Nose (Staatsoper Berlin), Rimsky Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel (Châtelet, Paris), Hindemith’s Cardillac (Opéra national de Paris), Dialogues des Carmélites (Metropolitan Opera) and at the Salzburg Festival Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Zemlinsky’s Der Koenig Kandaules, Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten and the World premiere of Saariaho’s L’amour de loin. Other World premieres include Bernstein’s A White House Cantata and operas by Peter Eötvös (Three Sisters), and John Adams (The Death of Klinghoffer and El Niño).
Born in California, Nagano maintains close connections with his home state and was Music Director of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra from 1978-2008. His early professional years were spent in Boston, working in the opera house and as assistant conductor to Seiji Ozawa at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He played a key role in the world premiere of Messiaen’s opera Saint François d’Assise at the request of the composer, who became a mentor and bequeathed his piano to the conductor. Nagano’s success in America led to European appointments: Music Director of Opéra National de Lyon (1988-1998) and Music Director of the Hallé Orchestra (1991-2000).
Bavarian State Orchestra
Released on Faro Classics April 2011
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Mari Kodama (Piano)
Released on Analekta, January 2009
Released on Sony Classical, June 2009
Griffiths: The General (after Beethoven)
Beethoven: Symphony No 5 in C Minor Op 67
Beethoven: Egmont incidental music
Montréal Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Maximilian Schell, Adrianne Pieczonka
Released on RCA Red Seal, January 2009
Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal Klaus Florian Vogt, Christian Gerhaher Released on Sony Classical, August 2009
Bavarian State Opera, Munich
Sally Matthews, Piia Komsi, Dietrich Henschel, Andrew Watts, Dame Gwyneth Jones
Achim Freyer (Director)
DVD released on Medici Arts, April 2008