Yasuo Shinozaki

Conductor

Biography

Shinozaki was born in Kyoto in 1968, and studied conducting with Nanao Yamamoto and Taijiro Iimori at Toho Gakuen College. In 1993 he won the highest prize in the Antonio Pedrotti International Conducting Competition. He went on to train with Ilya Musin and Myung-Whun Chung at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana; with Leopold Hager and Yuji Yuasa at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna; and with Seiji Ozawa and Bernard Haitink at the Tanglewood Music Festival Seminar.
In 1998, Shinozaki made his debut in Japan conducting a subscription concert of the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra. He received critical praise for the “strong presence and passion of his conducting” (Ongaku Gendai Magazine).
In 2000 he won 2nd Prize in the Second International Sibelius Competition where the final round was broadcast live on Finnish television. Shinozaki received strong endorsement of the Helsinki Philharmonic, and later went on to conduct the orchestra in a subscription concert.
Starting in 2001 Shinozaki served as Assistant Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. In this capacity he was involved in over 40 performances of very diverse repertoire, spanning from classical works to contemporary compositions. During this time, in 2002, he also made his subscription concert debut, replacing a guest conductor at short notice. The success of this appearance earned a lot of attention, and Shinozaki was nominated for the Los Angeles Weekly’s music award for “Outstanding Classical Artist.” In the period before the completion of his term in 2004 his relationship with the orchestra became very close and productive, and he received high praise from many quarters.
In 2004 Shinozaki relocated to London and focused his activity on concerts in Europe, conducting major orchestras in numerous countries including the BBC Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Finnish Radio Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony, Belgrade Philharmonic, and Latvian National Symphony. His performance of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra received high praise from the audience in Germany. Shinozaki has appeared with many renowned soloists such as Andre Watts, Emanuel Ax and Yuri Bashmet. In January 2007, he became Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Kymi Sinfonietta in Finland, and earned much attention for ambitious projects including the launch of the series “Beethoven and 20th-Century Viennese Composers.” He also conducted highly successful concerts in London and Saint Petersburg, and worked tirelessly towards the remarkable development of the orchestra before retiring from his post in July 2014. The length of his seven-and-a-half-year tenure with the orchestra was nearly unprecedented in Finland.
In September 2015, after serving as its Music Advisor, Yasuo Shinozaki was announced Principal Conductor of the Shizuoka Symphony Orchestra, a position he held until March 2018.
He has appeared with many other Japanese orchestras as well, including the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Osaka Philharmonic, Kansai Philharmonic, Sendai Philharmonic, Kanagawa Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, Japan Century Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Symphony Orchestra, Sapporo Symphony Orchestra and Gunma Symphony Orchestra.
In February 2017, Shinozaki appeared with the Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany, and in March of that year he conducted the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra of Durban, South Africa, receiving critical acclaim from the local press for both concerts.
Yasuo Shinozaki captivates audiences with a solidly classical sensibility and intensely focused, dynamic conducting.


*A magical time at the Hollywood Bowl! What a performance! This “Eroica” can be counted as one of the all-time great performances.
(Beethoven: “Eroica” Symphony, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic --Los Angeles Weekly)

*Shinozaki had something special. I felt as if my love and respect for music increased as I listened to his music.
(Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic --Los Angeles Times)

*I am astonished by the work of Yasuo Shinozaki, a conductor who makes music come to life.
(Sibelius: Symphony No. 2, with the London Philharmonic --Argus, London, 2009)

*Shinozaki displayed a naturally lively and sharply vigorous conducting style.
(Dvorak: Symphony No. 7, with the Helskinki Philharmonic-- Sanoma, Helsinki, 2011)

*Shinozaki demonstrated an impressive conducting style which strikes a clear balance between a solid and highly confident energetic side, and a deeply complex and emotional soft side.
(Toshio Hosokawa, “Circulating Ocean,” with the Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra. --Neue musikalische Horizonte, Magdeburg)

*Yasuo Shinozaki conducted with enormous energy, and the orchestra responded to that energy. At the end, the audience responded, too, with
a long standing ovation. It was a masterly performance of a timeless masterpiece.
(Beethoven: Symphony No. 7, with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic-- Michael Green, Artsmart.co.za)

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