Yutaka Sado

Yutaka Sado
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In recent seasons Yutaka Sado has made his debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian State Orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, NDR Hamburg and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Forthcoming engagements will lead him for the first time to the MDR Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig and the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. The long-time assistant to Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa has won some of the leading conducting prizes including the Premier Grand Prix at the 39th International Conducting Competition in Besançon and the Grand Prix du Concours International L. Bernstein Jerusalem. His close collaboration with Bernstein led to his appointment as Conductor in Residence at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo. Yutaka Sado has been Artistic Director of the Hyogo Performing Arts Centre (PAC) and Principal Conductor of the PAC Orchestra since 2005. This concert hall has become one of Japan’s leading concert venues with 70,000 annual subscribers.

Yutaka Sado’s fame in Japan is enormous, thanks in no small part to a weekly TV programme on classical music that he presented and conducted. Outside Japan his career first blossomed in France where he became Chief Conductor of the Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux in Paris in 1993. In France the charismatic conductor has for many years been one of the most important guest conductors with the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and other leading French orchestras. In Germany he has developed a close collaboration with the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, with whom he toured Japan in 2011. Sado has also conducted the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Munich, the Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Radio Symphony Orchestras in Cologne (WDR), Stuttgart and Freiburg (SWR) and the Gürzenich Orchestra, the Frankfurt Museum Orchestra, the Bamberg and Düsseldorfer Symphony Orchestras as well as the Dresden and Hamburg Philharmonics. In Italy he conducts the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia Rom, RAI Torino, the Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan and the orchestra of the Maggio Musicale in Florence.

He made his Italian operatic debut in Turin in 2010 at the Teatro Regio with Britten’s «Peter Grimes» in a production by Willy Decker. In Switzerland he has conducted the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and the Orchestre de la Suisse-Romande, and in Great Britain both the BBC Philharmonic and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. CD recordings by Yutaka Sado and the German Syphony Orchestra Berlin include versions of Tchaikovsky’s  Symphony No. 5 und Rachmaninov’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsuji. With the Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux he has recorded works by Jacques Ibert, Maurice Ravel, Emanuel Chabrier and Eric Satie. He has also made three CD recordings with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France: of the French repertoire (Dukas, Bizet, Offenbach), works by Leonard Bernstein («Chichester Psalms» and the Symphony No. 3 «Kaddish» with Karita Mattila and narrated by Yehudi Menuhin) and works by Berlioz, Wagner and Liszt. He has also recorded a CD of operatic arias with Karita Mattila and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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