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Mr. Kazuhiko Komatsu (Conductor) passed away

We are informing you with our deep regret that Mr. Kazuhiko Komatsu, conductor in our roster, passed away on March 30, 2013 at 2:53a.m. He was 65 years old.
We are sincerely praying for the repose of his soul.

[Kazuhiko Komatsu]

Graduate of the Toho Gakuen College’s Conducting Department where he studied under Hideo Saito. After serving as a conducting intern with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, as well as associate conductor of the Rhine Germany Opera House in West Germany, he made his official debut as conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra in 1978. He is one of Japan’s foremost international conductors. Currently he is working as a permanent guest conductor of the distinguished Prague Symphony Orchestra. He has also become a very broadly popular conductor from his appearances on NHK’s “Famous Works Album” (Meikyoku Arubamu) and Asahi TV’s “The Unnamed Concert” (Daimei no nai Ongakukai) television programs.  
Amidst his full performing schedule, he is also teaching as a professor at the Osaka University of Arts, working fervently at developing new young orchestras and conductors for the future. From July of 2003, he has also served as the artistic director of the Saitama Arts Foundation. He has been honored with the Italian Broadcast Association Award and the Osaka Fumin Hall Achievement Award, as well as the 19th Kenzo Nakajima Music Award in 2001 for his many years of great achievements in the advancement of modern music and works by Japanese nationals overseas.
In 2001 he made his Northern European debut conducting the famous Norwegian Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2004 released the CD, “From the New World/The Moldau” with the Prague Symphony Orchestra.
In January 2004, he made a brilliant and highly praised debut with Russia’s world-famous St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad) Philharmonic Orchestra that was nurtured by Mravinsky and further developed by Temirkanov to become on of the greatest orchestras in the world. And the decision was immediately made for him to perform once more during the 2005/2006 season, placing him among the great maestros of the world. In February 2006, he enjoyed high praise for his conducting of the regular concerts of the Prague Symphony Orchestra (a special program in celebration of the 250 anniversary of the birth of Mozart) and the regular concerts of the St. Petersburg Phil (a special program in celebration of the 100 anniversary of Shostakovich’s birth). In 2008, he will make his debut with Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra in Hungary.

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