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Kazuki Yamada

Conductor

Biography

Kazuki Yamada is chief conductor and artistic advisor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), a role he commenced in the spring of 2023. Yamada also serves as artistic and music director of l’Orchestre philharmonique de Monte-Carlo (OPMC).

Time spent under the close supervision of Seiji Ozawa served to underline the importance of what Kazuki Yamada calls his Japanese feeling for classical music. Born in Kanagawa, Japan, he continues to work and perform in that country every season with NHK Symphony Orchestra and as principal guest conductor with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. Shortly after assuming his post in Birmingham, Yamada gave a series of concerts on tour around Japan with the CBSO in the summer of 2023, and takes the OPMC on tour to Japan in 2024.

The 2023–24 season began with his return to the BBC Proms with the CBSO in the summer of 2023, followed by his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut at the Tanglewood Music Festival. He continues regular guesting commitments with Orchestra dell’accademia nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, and Orchestre national de France. He makes his debuts with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Oslo Philharmonic, Orquesta nacionales de España, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Yamada performs with soloists such as pianists Emanuel Ax, Leif Ove Andsnes, Seong-Jin Cho, Alexander Kantorow, Evgeny Kissin, Maria João Pires, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Krystian Zimerman, as well as violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann. 

Strongly committed to his role as an educator, Kazuki Yamada appears annually as a guest artist at the Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland and is strongly dedicated to the outreach program at CBSO. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on international concert halls reaffirmed his belief that the audience is always involved in making the music. He studied music at Tokyo University of the Arts, where he discovered a love both for Mozart and the Russian romantic repertory. Yamada first achieved international attention upon receiving First Prize in the 51st Besançon International Competition for young conductors in 2009. After living in Japan for most of his life, he now resides in Berlin.

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