Kent Nagano is renowned for his clarity, elegance, and intelligence in performance. He enjoys a steadfast international reputation, engaging with a vast repertoire spanning the Baroque era to contemporary music. Maestro Nagano has been Music Director of the OSM since 2006. He served as Music Director of the Deutsches Symphonie- Orchester Berlin – of which he is Honorary Conductor – from 2000 to 2006 and the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich from 2006 to 2013. In 2015, he was appointed General Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera and Principal Conductor of the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2019 he was appointed Honorary Conductor of Concerto Köln, the Baroque orchestra which he is involved in with the Wagner Readings.
Born in California, Kent Nagano spent his early professional years at the Boston Opera and subsequently as Assistant Conductor to Seiji Ozawa at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He was Music Director of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra from 1978 to 2008, and of the Opera national de Lyon from 1988 to 1998.
Maestro Nagano served as Associate Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra from 1990 to 1998, Music Director of Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra from 1991 to 2000, Principal Conductor of the Los Angeles Opera from 2001 to 2004, and then Music Director of the latter institution up until 2006. Maestro Nagano was named Commander of the Ordre de Montréal, Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec, Companion of the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec, in addition to receiving the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal.