KAWASE Kentaro

KAWASE Kentaro

Resident Conductor

Photo: Yoshinori Kurosawa
Born in Tokyo in 1984 and graduated with a degree in conducting from the Tokyo College of Music in 2007, having studied under Jun’ichi Hirokami, Yasuhiko Shiozawa and others. Was awarded 2nd place (which was the highest level with no 1st place) at the Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting in 2006, and since then KAWASE has received numerous invitations from orchestras near and far. In recent years, he has conducted the likes of Toshio Hosokawa’s “Hanjo”,Vision of Lear”, Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail”, “Le Nozze di Figaro”, “Così fan tutte” and “Die Zauberflöte”, and Verdi’s “Aida”. KAWASE has distinguished himself in garnering attention not only for orchestral but also for operatic performances.
KAWASE is presently the Principal Conductor of the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, the Resident Conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, the Permanent Guest conductor of the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, and the Music Director of the Hachioji Youth Orchestra. He is also a goodwill ambassador for Inabe City in Mie Prefecture, and in 2015 received a music award from the WATANABE Akeo Music Foundation. He also received the ‘Future Award’ at the 64th Kanagawa Cultural Awards, and was further awarded in 2016 at the 14th Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Award, the 26th ‘Idemitsu Music Award’, and additionally received an award for encouragement at the Yokohama Cultural Awards. KAWASE is a special lecturer in conducting at the Tokyo College of Music.
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