DISCUSSION: Defining Our Field - what is 'classical music' to us, why are we involved and what can we learn from our differences? Read John Dante Prevedini's essay, watch the panel discussion and make your own comments.
Japanese conductor Kazuki Yamada was born in Hadano, Kanagawa Prefecture on 26 January 1979. He studied at Tokyo University of the Arts, where his conducting teachers included Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi and Yoko Matsuo, and where his fellow students put him in charge of their own creation, the TOMATO Philharmonic Orchestra, which later became the Yokohama Sinfonietta.
Kazuki Yamada won first prize in the 2009 Besançon International Conducting Competition and various other awards in Japan.
He lives in Berlin and is chief conductor and artistic advisor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, effective 1 April 2023, with an initial contract of four-and-a-half years.
Further information: kazukiyamada.com
CD Spotlight. Masterfully Orchestrated - Geoff Pearce listens to Berlioz, Ravel and Saint-Saëns from Canadian soprano Marie-Nicole Lemieux. '... the soloist and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo conducted by Kazuki Yamada are on top form ...'
Ensemble. A Tumultuous Climax - Mike Wheeler listens to Dvořák, Bruch, J S Bach and Rimsky-Korsakov from Daishin Kashimoto and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with its new chief conductor Kazuki Yamada
CD Spotlight. Beautifully Played - Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Cello Concerto, heard by Alice McVeigh. 'Brinton maintains a clear, sonorous and resonant sound even in the highest register, though he could perhaps have been willing to take a few more risks.'