Kent Nagano is renowned for his clarity, elegance, and intelligence in performance. He enjoys a steadfast international reputation, engaging with a vast repertoire spanning the Baroque era to contemporary music, championing little-known works while bringing new ideas to the performance of the established repertoire. Maestro Nagano has been Music Director of the OSM since 2006. He served as Music Director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin – of which he is Honorary Conductor – from 2000 to 2006 and the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich from 2006 to 2013. He is Principal Guest Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (Sweden), since 2013. In 2015, he was appointed General Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera and Principal Conductor of the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
Born in California, Kent Nagano spent his early professional years at the Boston Opera and subsequently as Assistant Conductor to Seiji Ozawa at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He was Music Director of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra from 1978 to 2008, and of the Opera national de Lyon from 1988 to 1998. Maestro Nagano served as Associate Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra from 1990 to 1998, Music Director of Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra from 1991 to 2000, Principal Conductor of the Los Angeles Opera from 2001 to 2004, and then Music Director of the latter institution up until 2006. Much in demand as a guest conductor, he has led the best orchestras in the world, including the New York and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, Chicago Symphony, Dresden Staatskapelle and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, as well as those of leading opera houses such as the Opéra national de Paris, Berlin State Opera, Metropolitan Opera, and Semperoper Dresden. He won two Grammy awards for his recordings of Busoni’s Doktor Faust with the Opéra national de Lyon and Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de loin (2009) with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester. Other awards include a Juno for his recording of Beethoven: The Ideal of the French Revolution (2008), and the Echo Prize for L’Aiglon (2015), both with the OSM.
Maestro Nagano was named Commander of the Ordre de Montréal, Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec, Companion of the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec, in addition to receiving the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal.
Recent recordings with the OSM
A Quiet Place (Decca, 2018);
Danse macabre (Decca, 2016);
L’Aiglon (Decca, 2015);
Complete Violin Concertos of Saint-Saëns (Analekta, 2015).