Music director of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Kent Nagano is renowned for interpretations of clarity, elegance and intelligence. He is equally at home in music of the classical, romantic and contemporary eras, introducing concert and opera audiences throughout the world to new and rediscovered music and offering fresh insights into established 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 Adviser of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in September 2013. In 2015, he will take up the position of General Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra.
The OSM has recorded nine albums under Kent Nagano, that include Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) with tenor Klaus Florian Vogt and baritone Christian Gerhaher (Sony), Mahler Orchesterlieder (Orchestral Songs) also with Christian Gerhaher (Analekta), works by composer Unsuk Chin featuring violinist Viviane Hagner (Analekta), Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and Scriabin’s Prometheus with Alain Lefèvre (Analekta), Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 4 and 5 with Till Fellner (ECM/Universal), and finally, the complete Beethoven Symphonies of which Nos. 3, 5, 6, 8 and 9, already recorded (Sony/Analekta). Symphony No. 9 was recorded during the inaugural concerts of the Maison symphonique de Montréal in September 2011.
As a much sought after guest conductor Kent Nagano has worked with most of the world’s finest orchestras including the Vienna, Berlin and New York Philharmonics, the Chicago Symphony, the Dresden Staatskapelle and Leipzig Gewandhaus. The recipient of an honorary doctorate from McGill University and Université de Montréal, Maestro Nagano also received the title of Montreal Honorary Citizen in 2007. One year later he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, the most prestigious decoration given by Japan to a non-Japanese. In 2013, he was named Great Montrealer by the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, and he received the title of Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec.