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OBC Orchestra Music Director

Kazushi Ono’s musical influence and vision span and connect continents and cultures, with roles as Music Director of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (TMSO) and Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC) and as Artistic Director of the New National Theatre Tokyo (NNTT). He has toured Europe extensively with TMSO, visiting six cities in eleven days in 2015, and brought OBC to Japan in 2019 with a new production of Turandot for NNTT, as well as orchestral concerts.

He is passionate about new music and has commissioned many works and projects, such as Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Hibiki, which premiered at Suntory Hall before featuring at the 2017 BBC Proms. He instigated NNTT’s first commissioning scheme, dedicated to Japanese composers, which has so far included operas Asters by Akira Nishimura (2019) and Dai Fujikura’s A Dream of Armageddon (2020).

Ono established himself internationally with orchestras such as London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Seoul Philharmonic and Houston Symphony Orchestra, where his performance of Russian repertoire was described by the Houston Chronicle as ‘a first-rate concert steeped in stormy emotions, fragile beauty, and wide- screen grandeur’.

From 2008 to 2017, Ono served as Principal Conductor of Opéra National de Lyon, attracting international acclaim with landmark performances of works such as Prokofiev’s The Gamblers, Berg’s Lulu and Wagner’s Parsifal. Further operatic highlights include Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher, directed by Romeo Castellucci (Ono’s last production in Lyon, which was subsequently revived at La Monnaie), the 2017 premiere of Arnulf Hermann’s Der Mieter at Frankfurt Opera and Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel in Warsaw and at the Aix Festival (directed by Mariusz Treliński). He has recently been appointed new principal conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he will hold from the 22-23 season.

Before being appointed in Lyon, Kazushi was Music Director of Theatre Royal de la Monnaie (2002–2008), taking up the baton from Antonio Pappano. In 2017 he was awarded ‘Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ by French cultural minister Françoise Nyssen, adding to the prestigious Asahi Prize in January 2015, for his contribution to the development and progress of Japanese society.

OBC Orchestra Music Director from the Season 22-23

Ludovic Morlot’s élan, elegance and intensity on stage have endeared him to audiences and orchestras worldwide, from the Berlin Philharmonic to the Boston Symphony. During his eight years as Music Director of the Seattle Symphony he pushed the boundaries of traditional concert programming, winning several Grammys.

He is currently Emeritus Director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and in 2019 was appointed Associate Artist of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he has maintained a close relationship for many years. Each season he returns to conduct both orchestras. He has recently been designated new Music Director of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra , to which he will join next 22-23 season. He has been artistic director and founding member of the China National Youth Orchestra from 2017 to 2021; he directed his inaugural concerts at Carnegie Hall and China in 2017 and toured Europe in 2019. Between 2012 and 2014 he was principal director of La Monnaie and directed new productions in Brussels and the Easter Festival. of Aix de Provence, com The clemency of Titus, Jenufa and Pelléas and Mélisande (Pel·leas and Melisenda).

Morlot has conducted the Berliner Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Czech Philharmonic, Dresden Staaksapelle, London Philharmonic and Budapest Festival orchestras, and many of the leading North American orchestras, notably the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras. Morlot has a particularly strong connection with Boston, having been the Seiji Ozawa Fellowship Conductor at Tanglewood and subsequently appointed assistant conductor for the Boston Symphony. Since then he has conducted the orchestra in Boston, at Tanglewood and on a tour to the west coast of America. He has also appeared extensively in Asia and Australasia, notably with the Seoul Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. Festival appearances have included the BBC Proms, Wien Modern, Edinburgh, and Aspen festivals.

His tenure in Seattle formed a hugely significant period in the musical journey of the orchestra. His innovative programming encompassed not only his choice of repertoire, but theatrical productions and performances outside the traditional concert hall space.

Trained as a violinist, he studied conducting at the Pierre Monteux School (USA) with Charles Bruck and Michael Jinbo. He continued his education in London at the Royal Academy and then at the Royal College as recipient of the Norman del Mar Conducting Fellowship. Ludovic is Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington School of Music in Seattle and a Visiting Artist at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 2014 in recognition of his significant contribution to music.

OBC Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor from the Season 22-23

The promising Polish conductor attracted international attention when she was associate director of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (2018-2020). The 2019-2020 season she debuted successfully in the United States with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, with which she collaborates regularly. In addition, from this season Gardolińska is the musical director of the Lorraine National Opera and from the next year 2022-2023 she will be the principal guest conductor of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra for two seasons.

During the current season, the Polish conductor makes her debut with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Toulouse National Capitol Orchestra and the Bordeaux Opera. She also conducts for the first time some of the leading British ensembles, such as the London and Birmingham Symphonies, the Royal Northern Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

During the 2020-2021 season, she debuted with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra, the Lorraine National Orchestra and the Paris Chamber Orchestra, among others. She also conducted the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Tonkünstler Orchestra at the Musikverein in Vienna.

In 2019, she made her debut with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at the Edinburgh Festival and other recent highlights have included concerts with Wiener Concert-Verein at the Musikverein and a return to her home city of Warsaw to conduct the young musicians of I Culture Orchestra at the Philharmonic Hall.

Gardolinska has received an Honourable Mention and the Special Orchestra Prize of the Witold Lutosławski Conducting Competition (Poland, 2016), the 3rd Prize and the Special Orchestra Prize from the Felix Mendelssohn International Conducting Competition (Greece, 2016) and she has been semi-finalists in the 1st International Hong Kong Conducting Competition in 2018. In 2016, she was awarded the title “Outstanding Polish in Austria”. She was also named Associate Fellow for the seasons 2017-2019 by the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship established by Marin Alsop.
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