“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.
He is active in the field of opera and appeared with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra conducting Rusalka at Nissay Theatre in autumn 2017, and on tour with the Komische Oper Berlin for performances of Die Zauberflöte in Japan in April 2018. Additionally, he performs La Traviata and Carmen in Japan in coming seasons. He is strongly supported by Seiji Ozawa. In August 2012 he conducted a semi-staged production of Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc, with the Saito Kinen Orchestra, a project that was also a huge success in spring 2015 in Côme de Bellescize’s staged version at the Philharmonie de Paris, with the Orchestre de Paris under Yamada.
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 the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande from 2010-2017 and together they have been releasing a series of CDs inspired by dance, on the Pentatone label. The most recent has been a recording of French ballet works, and another of works by Manuel de Falla. Yamada is also the Music Director of the Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus, who have released ten CDs on Fontec.
Now resident in Berlin, Yamada was born in Kanagawa, Japan, in 1979. In 2009 he was the winner of the 51st Besançon International Competition for young conductors.
This dynamic young conductor has become one of our favourite regular guests, whether in Birmingham or on tour with the Orchestra in his native Japan. So we’re delighted that he’s agreed to be our new Principal Guest Conductor, beginning with three colourful concerts that display every facet of his lively musical personality: from Bernstein and Ravel to Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Mozart.