Kentaro KAWASE was born in Tokyo in 1984, and graduated from the Tokyo College of Music in 2007 with a major in conducting. His conducting teachers included Jun’ichi HIROKAMI, Yasuhiko SHIOZAWA, Myung-Whun CHUNG, and Arild REMMEREIT. He also studied piano and score reading under Reiko SHIMADA.
He appeared in the Rainbow 21 Debut Concert 2005 at Suntory Hall, and conducted the Ensemble Endless, the Tokyo College of Music String Ensemble. In 2006, he participated in the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra Academy Conducting Workshop. He was second prize winner (no first prize was awarded) in the Tokyo International Music Competition for conducting in 2006. At the competition’s Prize Winners Gala Concerts in March, 2007, he conducted the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra and the Century Orchestra Osaka. He was Assistant Conductor of the Pacific Music Festival in 2007-09. He has been conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra since 2011.