Kent Nagano has established an international reputation as one of the most insightful and visionary interpreters of both the operatic and symphonic repertoire. Since 2006 he is Music Director of the OSM, a contract extended until 2020, and was General Music Director of the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich from 2006 to 2013. He became Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in 2013. Since 2015, he has been General Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Hamburg State Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra.
Born in California, Kent Nagano spent his early professional years in Boston, working in the opera house and as Assistant Conductor to Seiji Ozawa at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He was Music Director of the Opéra national de Lyon (1988-1998), Music Director of the Hallé Orchestra (1991-2000), Associate Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra (1990-1998) and Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin from 2000 to 2006 and remains their Honorary Conductor. Kent Nagano was the first Music Director of the Los Angeles Opera from 2003 to 2006. As a much sought-after guest conductor, Maestro Nagano has worked with most of the world’s finest orchestras – the Vienna, Berlin and New York Philharmonics, Chicago Symphony, Dresden Staatskapelle and Leipzig Gewandhaus and at leading opera houses including the Opéra national de Paris, Berlin State Opera, Metropolitan Opera and Semperoper Dresden. He has won two Grammy awards for his recording of Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de loin with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and for Busoni’s Doktor Faust, recorded with the Opéra national de Lyon, among other awards.
In 2013, he was named Great Montrealer by the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, and he received the insignia of Grand Officer of the Order of Quebec.
Recent recordings with the OSM: Danse macabre, with OSM Concertmaster Andrew Wan (Decca); the first complete recording of L’Aiglon by Honegger and Ibert, with soloists including Anne-Catherine Gillet, Marc Barrard and Étienne Dupuis (Decca); Symphony and New Works for Organ and Orchestra, with Olivier Latry, OSM Organist Emeritus, and Jean-Willy Kunz, Organist in Residence (Analekta); Complete Violin Concertos of Saint-Saëns, with OSM Concertmaster Andrew Wan (Analekta).
Recent tours with the OSM: in March, 2016, coast to coast American tour including a concert at Carnegie Hall; Asian tour in October 2014, European tour in March 2014; South American tour in 2013; Concerts at the Edinburgh International Festival on August 16-18, 2011; Concert at Carnegie Hall on May 14, 2011.