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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
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