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Keitaro Harada becomes the first Japanese to win the Conducting Award from the Solti Foundation U.S.!


A conductor based in Japan and the United States, Keitaro Harada is the first Japanese to win the Conducting Award from the Solti Foundation U.S. This award was established to support the activities of young conductors with United States residence. Keitaro Harada received the foundation’s Career Assistance Award in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2020, 2021 and 2022. He is now the first Japanese ever to win its highest prize, the Conducting Award.

The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award
The 2022 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Fellow

The Solti Fellow receives a grant of $30,000

The Solti Foundation U.S. was established in 2000 in order to honor the memory of Sir Georg Solti by lending significant support to career-ready young American musicians.

In 2004, the Foundation concentrated the focus of its award program to exclusively assist talented young American conductors early in their professional careers. Winners have been awarded substantial grants and have received door-opening introductions to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

In the words of Lady Valerie Solti, “We are committed to realizing Solti’s passion for excellence in music by extending assistance to further the early careers of those with exceptional talent.”

The Solti Foundation U.S. is the foremost organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to helping young conductors.


“I am truly honored to receive The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award. I thank the Foundation for its ongoing support, which has helped to advance my career and accomplish many of my goals. The Solti Foundation U.S. has greatly benefited my career development since 2014, when I received my first Career Assistance Award. It—and the subsequent awards —allowed me to fund my projects and hone my craft, and to grow as an artist. Being selected as The 2023 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Fellow inspires me to continue to develop my skills as a leader and a compelling storyteller through music.”

Keitaro Harada

Keitaro Harada is Associate Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and Music & Artistic Director of the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra in Georgia (U.S.). Be sure to follow his future activities!

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