Conductors - About TMSO

Ono Kazushi

Music Director

Kazushi ONO

Kazushi Ono’s quiet and calm rehearsal manner exudes qualities of openness and receptivity, while establishing his complete command of the music. The conductor conveys complex messages in performance with effortless expressive gestures and a wisdom informed by his inexhaustible passion for making and exploring music with others. It is in his nature to unwind after conducting by playing through passages from the evening’s programme at the piano. Music, in short, has supplied the essential spirit of life since childhood.

As Music Director of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, while also holding the position of Artistic Director to the New National Theatre Tokyo, Kazushi is in a prime position to commission many new works and projects, which he has done with great success. These include the acclaimed orchestral triumph Hibiki by Mark-Anthony Turnage which premiered at Suntory Hall before featuring at the BBC Proms and the Japanese musical feast that is Akira Nishimura’s new opera Asters. As part of the Olympic Games 2020 cultural committee, Kazushi proposed the idea to present Turandot over the summer 2019, with Alex Ollé as the director and the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra in the pit. It is the first of a two-year international opera project led by Kazushi and developed by the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and New National Theatre, Tokyo (NNTT) to showcase Japan’s cultural life in the lead up to the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Kazushi’s musical flexibility means he is constantly in demand globally. His established reputation among the orchestral world has sent him to orchestras such as Hallé Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Houston Symphony Orchestra, where his acclaimed performance ‘delivered a first-rate concert steeped in stormy emotions, fragile beauty, and wide- screen grandeur’. Recent operatic highlights include Honegger’s Jeanne au Bûcher (directed by Castellucci), his last production in Lyon as its principal conductor to be revived at La Monnaie this season, the acclaimed creation of Hermann’s Der Mieter premiered in Frankfurt Opera and Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel in Warsaw and at the Aix Festival (directed by Treliński).

From 2008 to 2017, Kazushi Ono maintained his position as Principal Conductor of Opéra National de Lyon, during which he attracted international critical acclaim with landmark performances of works such as Prokofiev’s The Gamblers, Berg’s Lulu and Wagner’s Parsifal, Prior to his post in Lyon, Kazushi spent six highly successful seasons as Music Director of Theatre Royal de la Monnaie where he took up the baton from Antonio Pappano. Following his tenure as Principal Conductor in Lyon, he was awarded ‘Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ by French cultural minister Françoise Nyssen, a further distinguished title adding to the prestigious Asahi Prize, given in January 2015, for his contribution to Japanese society. This award distinguishes individuals who have greatly contributed to the development and progress of Japanese culture and society at large.

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Alan Gilbert

Principal Guest Conductor

Alan GILBERT

Alan Gilbert is Principal Guest Conductor of TMSO, Conductor Laureate of Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at Juilliard School. He will be inaugurated as Principal Conductor of NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester in September 2019. < br / >
Gilbert was Music Director of New York Philharmonic between 2009 and 2017. He makes regular guest appearances with orchestras including Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestre de Paris, Cleveland Orchestra, and Boston Symphony. He has appeared at Metropolitan Opera, Oper Zürich, and Royal Swedish Opera, among others.

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Koizumi Kazuhiro

Honorary Conductor for Life

Kazuhiro KOIZUMI

Kazuhiro Koizumi studied at Tokyo University of the Arts and at Universität der Künste Berlin. After winning the 1st prize at Karajan International Conducting Competition in 1973, he has appeared with Berliner Philharmoniker and Wiener Philharmoniker, among others. Currently, he serves as Honorary Conductor for Life of TMSO, Music Director of Kyushu Symphony, Music Director of Nagoya Philharmonic, and Special Guest Conductor of Kanagawa Philharmonic.

Eliahu Inbal

Conductor Laureate

Eliahu INBAL

Eliahu Inbal was born in Israel in 1936. He held numerous chief posts with orchestras such as Frankfurt Radio Symphony (hr-Sinfonieorchester), Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Teatro la Fenice di Venezia, and Czech Philharmonic. He was appointed Conductor Laureate of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in 2014. Many CDs of live performances by Inbal and TMSO are winning great acclaim. He was decorated by French and German Government, and by the cities of Frankfurt and Wien.

Main conductors of TMSO

Heinz HOFMANN
Heinz HOFMANN
Permanent Conductor 1965.4-67.3
OMACHI Yoichiro
Yoichiro OMACHI
Associate Conductor 1965.4-67.3
MORI Tadashi
Tadashi MORI
Music Director & Permanent Conductor 1967.4-72.3
WATANABE Akeo
Akeo WATANABE
Music Director & Permanent Conductor 1972.4-78.3 / Honorary Conductor 1978.12-1990.6
Moshe ATZMON
Moshe ATZMON
Music Adviser & Principal Conductor 1978.4-83.3
KOBAYASHI Ken-ichiro
Ken-ichiro KOBAYASHI
Resident Conductor 1978.4-83.3
Zdĕnek KOŠLER
Zdĕnek KOŠLER
Principal Guest Conductor 1978.4-83.3 / Regular Guest Conductor 1983.4-86.3
Peter MAAG
Peter MAAG
Regular Guest Conductor 1983.4-86.3
Jean FOURNET
Jean FOURNET
Regular Guest Conductor 1983.4-86.3 / Honorary Conductor 1989.12-2008.10 / Permanent Honorary Conductor 2008.11-
WAKASUGI Hiroshi
Hiroshi WAKASUGI
Music Director 1986.4-95.3 / Principal Conductor 1987.4-95.3
KOIZUMI Kazuhiro
Kazuhiro KOIZUMI
Conductor 1986.4-90.3 / Principal Conductor 1995.4-98.3 / Principal Guest Conductor 1998.4-2008.3 / Resident Conductor 2008.4-2014.3 / Honorary Conductor for Life 2014.4-
ONO Kazushi
Kazushi ONO
Conductor 1990.4-92.3 / Music Director 2015.4-
Eliahu INBAL
Eliahu INBAL
Special Guest Conductor 1995.4-2000.3 / Principal Conductor 2008.4-2014.3 / Conductor Laureate 2014.4-
Gary BERTINI
Gary BERTINI
Music Director 1998.4-2005.3 / Conductor Laureate 2005.4-
James DePREIST
James DePREIST
Permanent Conductor 2005.4-2008.3
Jakub HRŮŠA
Jakub HRŮŠA
Principal Guest Conductor 2010.4-2018.3
Alan Gilbert
Alan GILBERT
Principal Guest Conductor 2018.4-