Leading a beautiful orchestra and chorus, Kazushi Ono sustains the energy without turbulence, constantly finding the right balance and complicity between the sections. With finesse and musicality, he develops an ample and generous orchestral sound, full of amazing colours.
Shostakovitch: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Opéra de Lyon, L'Humanité
- Music Director, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
- Music Director, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
- Music Director, Opéra de Lyon
Kazushi Ono cherishes music's power to bring people together. His manner in rehearsal, quiet and calm, exudes qualities of openness and receptivity. The conductor conveys complex messages in performance with effortless expressive gestures and a wisdom informed by his inexhaustible passion for making and exploring music with others. It is in his nature to unwind after conducting by playing through passages from the evening's programme at the piano. Music, in short, has supplied the essential spirit of life since childhood.
In January 2016, Kazushi Ono was awarded the prestigious Asahi Prize for his contribution to society. Established in 1929, this award distinguishes individuals or groups who have made outstanding accomplishments in their own field and who have greatly contributed to the development and progress of Japanese culture and society at large.
During 2015 Kazushi Ono became Music Director of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya. Alongside engagements in Tokyo and Barcelona, Kazushi Ono maintains his position in the Opéra national de Lyon where he was appointed Principal Conductor in September 2008.