· Conductor of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (OBC)
· Musical Director of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
· Artistic Counsellor of the New National Theatre Tokyo
Considered as one of the brightest directors of its generation, Kazushi Ono has been described by the prestigious French newspaper Le Figaro as "one of the most fascinating musical minds of our era". His extraordinary capacity as a director has led him to be invited by famous groups from around the world: the BBC, the Birmingham, Boston, Montreal and London orchestras, the Vienna Radio, Leipzig Gewandhaus, La Monnaie and the philharmonics of Israel, Oslo and Radio France, among others. He has also directed operas in major theatres such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin or the Paris Opera.
From 2008 to 2017 he was the principal conductor of the Lyon National Opera and was recently awarded by the French Ministry of Culture as an Officer of Fine Arts and Letters, a title that joins the prestigious Asahi Prize he received in January 2015.
His way of doing the essays conveys sincerity, receptiveness and calmness. In the concerts, he is totally given to a mystical search of the musical fact that goes beyond mere rational readings.
PRINCIPAL GUEST CONDUCTOR
JAN WILLEM DE VRIEND
· Principal conductor at Het Residentie Orkest of The Hague
· Principal Guest Conductor of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
On 29 July, Jan Willem conducted the OBC at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Dutchman Jan Willem de Vriend is the OBC’s principal guest conductor, as well as principal conductor of the Residentie Orkest in The Hague. Between 1982 and 2015 he was artistic director and violinist at the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, an ensemble founded by him that achieved great success, particularly with regard to little-known works from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and the Dutch classical avant-garde repertoire.
The orchestras he has worked with include, among others, the South Netherlands Philharmonic, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the NDR Orchester, the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, the WDR Orchestra, the Tonhalle-Orchester, the Bergen Philharmonic and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Also worthy of mention is his involvement in operas based on works by Monteverdi, Handel, Telemann, Bach, Gassmann and Mozart, directed by the stage director Eva Buchmann; productions which toured extensively throughout Europe and North America.
Kazushi Ono is convinced that music has the power to bring people together.