Music Director designate
Kazushi Ono was appointed Principal Conductor of Opéra National de Lyon in 2008. Opera appearances at Teatro alla Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Opera de Paris, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Festival d'Aix-en-Provence among others. He has guest conducted London Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and L'Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. He is currently Principal Guest Conductor of Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini and formerly Music Director of La Monnaie in Brussels and General Music Director of Badisches Staatstheater. Ono will be inaugurated as Music Director of Tokyo Metroplitan Symphony Orchestra in April 2015 and Music Director of Barcelona Symphony Orchestra in September 2015.
Honorary Conductor for Life
Kazuhiro Koizumi was born in Kyoto in 1949. He studied at Tokyo University of the Arts and at Universität der Künste Berlin.
1st prize winner of Minon Competition in 1970 and of Karajan International Conducting Competition in 1973. Appeared with Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Münchener Philharmoniker, Chicago, Boston, Cincinnati, Toronto, and Montreal Symphonies among others. Collaborated with Rubinstein and Rostropovich. Served as Music Director of New Japan Philharmonic and Winnipeg Symphony. Also held numerous other positions of Japanese orchestras. Appointed Honorary Conductor for Life of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in April 2014. Also serves as Music Director of Kyushu Symphony, Principal Guest Conductor of Sendai Philharmonic and Guest (Specially appointed) Conductor of Kanagawa Philharmonic.
Eliahu Inbal was born in Israel in 1936. He studied under Messiaen, Ferrara and Celibidache. 1st prize winner of the International Guido Cantelli Conducting Competition. Made appearances with world’s leading orchestras. Chief positions were held, among others, at Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt (present hr-Sinfonieorchester), Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Teatro la Fenice di Venezia and Czech Philharmonic. Recipient of numerous honors including Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government and Goldenes Ehrenzeichen of the city of Vienna.He Served as Principal Conductor of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra from April 2008 to March 2014. Appointed Conductor Laureate in April 2014. Numerous live CDs with the TMSO met with high acclaim.
Principal Guest Conductor
Jakub Hrůša was born in the Czech Republic in 1981. He studied conducting at Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under J.Bělohlavek. After graduation, he has built a strong reputation conducting major Czech orchestras appearing regularly at Prague National Theatre. He has made debuts with many of the leading orchestras including Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, L'Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington) and Cleveland Orchestra. He is Music Director and Chief Conductor of Prague Philharmonia. In April 2010, he became Principal Guest Conductor of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.