“The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande plays scintillatingly under Kazuki Yamada.”
The Sunday Times
Kazuki Yamada is Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, and has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, starting in the 2018/2019 season. In Japan he holds further titles of Principal Guest Conductor of Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra (from January 2019), Permanent Conductor of 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, Staatskapelle Dresden, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Philharmonia Orchestra and Tonkünstler-Orchester at the Vienna Musikverein. Soloists with whom he is working include Emmanuel 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 weeks in Monte Carlo, Birmingham and Japan, Kazuki Yamada makes debuts with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, RTVE Madrid, Stavanger Symphony, Royal Flanders Philharmonic, Berner Symphonieorchester and RTÉ Orchestra Dublin. Further afield, he maintains his regular relationship with NHK Symphony Orchestra and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. With Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, he tours to Zurich Tonhalle, Victoria Hall Geneva, Theater Basel, Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg and Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
He is active in the field of opera and this season will perform ‘Samson et Dalilah’ at Opera 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 spring 2015 in Côme de Bellescize’s staged version at the Philharmonie de Paris, with 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 Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 2010-2017 and together they have released a hugely popular series of CDs inspired by dance, on the Pentatone label. Yamada is also Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus’ Music Director 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 Besancon International Competition for young conductors.