“Challenging, exciting, totally absorbing” - The Birmingham Post
Kazuki Yamada is Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo. In Japan he holds further titles of Principal Guest Conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra (from January 2019), Permanent Conductor of the Japan Philharmonic, Music Director and Chairman of The Philharmonic Chorus of Tokyo as well as Music Director of Yokohama Sinfonietta, an ensemble he founded whilst still a student.
Yamada appears as a guest with such orchestras as Orchestre de Paris, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich at the Vienna Musikverein. He works with leading soloists, including Emanuel Ax, Boris Berezovsky, Håkan Hardenberger, Nobuko Imai, Daishin Kashimoto, Alexander Kniazev, Xavier de Maistre, Steven Osborne, Vadim Repin, Baiba Skride, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Simon Trpčeski and Frank Peter Zimmermann.
In the current season, alongside his regular positions in Monte Carlo, Birmingham and Japan, Kazuki Yamada returns as a guest to Turin’s RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and NHK Symphony Orchestra. He debuts with Oregon Symphony and the Hallé Orchestra. A committed choral conductor, in 2019 he performed Mendelssohn’s Elijah with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, taking the chorus on tour with him to Monte Carlo where he performed the same work with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo.
He is active in the field of opera and this season will perform La Damnation de Faust at Opéra de Monte- Carlo. He is strongly supported by Seiji Ozawa and, in August 2012, he conducted a semi-staged production of Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc, with Saito Kinen Orchestra; a project that was also a huge success in 2015 in Côme de Bellescize’s staged version at the Philharmonie de Paris, with the Orchestre de Paris. Committed to music education, Yamada appears as guest artist every summer with the students at the Seiji Ozawa International Academy in Switzerland.
Yamada was Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande between 2010 and 2017, during which time they released a hugely popular series of CDs inspired by dance, on the Pentatone label. Yamada is also Music Director of Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus.
Now resident in Berlin, Yamada was born in Kanagawa, Japan, in 1979. In 2009 he was the winner of the 51st Besançon Competition for young conductors.