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Kazumasa Watanabe

Born in Tokyo. Since April 2015 he has been a Resident Conductor of Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Watanabe has served as the Resident Conductor of Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra from 1995 to 2002, and the Conductor of Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra from 1996 to March 2015. He made debut with NHK Symphony Orchestra in 1998 and since then he has regularly conducted the orchestra in subscription concerts and others. Other Japanese orchestras he regularly conducts are Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, from all of which he has won trust on his musicality and conducting. He is also remarkable for conducting operas and ballets. He has conducted Mascagni's L'amico Fritz at the New National Theatre, Tokyo, Swan Lake, Nutcracker, and Don Quixote for the ballet company of the same theatre. He is also making international career conducting a subscription concert of St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra in 03/04 season.
He performed a Haydn's piano concerto as a pianist with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 8. From 1987 to 1989 he studied piano at the Music Academy of Darmstadt, and in Prof. Hans Leygraf's master class. Since returning to Japan he has performed Beethoven's piano concertos No. 3 and No. 5 "Emperor", programs of Ravel, Mozart, some of which he conducted and played the piano in subscription concerts of Tokyo Philharmonic, and with Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra and Sapporo Symphony Orchestra. Watanabe's talent as a pianist is also appreciated.

(Curriculum Vitae as of March 2015)


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