Kent Nagano - conductor
Kent Nagano is a member of the Russian National Orchestra Conductor Collegium and has served as artistic director for several RNO commissioning projects. Renowned for his gifted interpretations of both the orchestral and operatic repertoire, he is Chief Conductor of the Deutsches Symphonie- Orchester Berlin, Principal Conductor of the Los Angeles Opera and Music Director of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. From 2006 he is Generalmusikdirektor of the Bayerische Staatsoper.
Nagano was Music Director of England's venerable Hallé Orchestra from 1991-2000, and of the Opéra de Lyon from 1989 to 1999. In both former positions, he was credited with bringing his ensembles to the forefront in the international scene through innovative programming and acclaimed concerts, tours and recordings. Guest conducting appearances include the Paris Opera, La Scala, Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Vienna Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony and Berlin Philharmonic. He regularly leads productions at the Salzburg Festival and at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
Among the world's most recorded conductors, Nagano has been recognized with three Grammy Awards, the Edison Award, several Gramophone Awards and, on three occasions, the Grand Prix du Disque. He is an Officer in France's Order of Arts and Letters and has been honored as Conductor of the Year in England, Personality of the Year in France and Musical America's 2001 Conductor of the Year.