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The Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (TMSO) is pleased to announce that conductor Kazushi Ono will become the TMSO's next Music Director. He will take up the position in April 2015, the year of the 50th anniversary of the orchestra's foundation. The initial agreement is for five years.

Maestro Ono, presently 53, has successively held important positions at renowned opera houses in Europe, most notably Music Director of Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. Currently serving as Principal Conductor of Opéra National de Lyon, as well as continuing to guest conduct major operas and orchestras of the world, he is one of Japan"s most high-profile conductors internationally.

Since his first appearance with the TMSO in March 1984, which also marked his professional debut, and having served as Conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra from 1990 to 1992, Maestro Ono has made regular appearances with the TMSO in recent years and developed a trusting relationship with the orchestra.

Based on the musicality formed under the baton of many conductors over nearly half a century, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra will continue its fruitful activities under this new partnership with Maestro Kazushi Ono, transmitting the culture from the capital Tokyo to the rest of the world. We hope you will enjoy our future projects.
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Described as “one of the most fascinating musical minds of our era” and “a phenomenon” (Le Figaro), Kazushi Ono has held the position of Principal Conductor of the Opéra National de Lyon since the start of the 2008/09 season and is also Conductor Laureate of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini. In June 2013 Kazushi Ono was appointed Music Director designate of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, a position he will take up in April 2015.

High profile positions have played an important part in Kazushi Ono's career to date: in 2002 he succeeded Antonio Pappano as Music Director Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels and it was here that his debut production of Strauss's Elektra was described by the Süddeutsche Zeitung as “the miracle of Brussels”. Kazushi Ono enjoyed six highly successful seasons at La Monnaie before moving to his current position at Opéra National de Lyon.

During his current tenure in Lyon new, award-winning and critically-acclaimed productions of Prokofiev's The Gambler, Berg's Lulu, Stravinsky's Le Rossignol et autres fables, Verdi's Luisa Miller, Shostakovich's The Nose and Wagner's Parsifal have been staged. During the 2012/13 season, Kazushi Ono has conducted new productions of Verdi's Macbeth, Beethoven's Fidelio and a double bill featuring Dallapiccola's Il prigioniero and Schönberg's Erwartung. He will also conduct Fidelio in August 2013 when Opéra National de Lyon perform at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Kazushi Ono enjoys relationships with many of the world's top opera houses and has appeared as a guest conductor at Glyndebourne Festival Opera (L'heure espagnole, L'enfant et les sortilèges and Hänsel und Gretel), Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich (Der fliegende Holländer and Hänsel und Gretel), Festival d'Aix-en-Provence (Le Rossignol), Deutsche Oper, Berlin (Elektra), La Scala, Milan (Macbeth), Metropolitan Opera, New York (Der fliegende Holländer) and Opéra de Paris (Kol Roger). He has a strong affection for the theatre and works not only with established opera directors such as Luc Bondy, Peter Stein, Laurent Pelly and David McVicar, but has also enjoyed collaborations with artists outside the traditional opera field such as the visual artist Jan Fabre, choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and film director François Girard.

Kazushi Ono is a guest conductor with some of the leading international orchestras including City of Birmingham Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

A Grammy 2012 award winner (‘Diva Divo': Joyce DiDonato with Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon), Kazushi Ono's varied catalogue of CD recordings demonstrates his wide repertoire, ranging from Chin (Deutsche Grammophon), Gubaidulina, Britten, Turnage and Rihm to Shostakovich, Mahler, Strauss and Tchaikovsky. Other recent recordings include a 2009 Decca DVD of the acclaimed production of Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel filmed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Glyndebourne as well as releases from the Opus Arte label featuring productions of Verdi's Aida and Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, both with La Monnaie, Brussels. A DVD of the highly successful 2012 production of the Ravel double bill L'heure espagnole and L'enfant et les sortilèges at Glyndebourne is scheduled to be released in September 2013.

As of June 2013