Ono's contributions -the crystalline clarity he brought to the most complex texture's, meticulous highlighting of each important line, and his command of the overall architecture- contributed to making this a rewarding experience even for those encountering the concerto for the first time.
Kazushi Ono’s musical influence and vision span and connect continents and cultures, with roles as Music Director of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (TMSO) and Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC) and as Artistic Director of the New National Theatre Tokyo (NNTT). He has toured Europe extensively with TMSO, visiting six cities in eleven days in 2015, and brought OBC to Japan in 2019 with a new production of Turandot for NNTT, as well as orchestral concerts.
He is passionate about new music and has commissioned many works and projects, such as Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Hibiki, which premiered at Suntory Hall before featuring at the 2017 BBC Proms. He instigated NNTT’s first commissioning scheme, dedicated to Japanese composers, which has so far included operas Asters by Akira Nishimura (2019) and Dai Fujikura’s A Dream of Armageddon, which premiered in Tokyo in November 2020.
Ono established himself internationally with orchestras such as London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Houston Symphony Orchestra, where his performance of Russian repertoire was described by the Houston Chronicle as ‘a first-rate concert steeped in stormy emotions, fragile beauty, and wide- screen grandeur’.
- Music Director, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
- Music Director, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
- Artistic Director, New National Theatre Tokyo
News and Articles
Kazushi Ono introduces new opera season in Tokyo2 March 2021
What did we discover in 2020?18 December 2020
Indomitable energy2 October 2020
The show must go online16 August 2020
Reshaping the concert stage26 June 2020
The season is in full swing.........7 November 2019
Kazushi Ono steps in to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra17 October 2019
Summer News11 July 2019
Major Japanese tour for OBC with Music Director Kazushi Ono9 July 2019
Signing, Appointments and the Next Generation4 December 2018
NewsletterMaestro Arts welcomes ..... 27 June 2018
A Fabulous Evening at the RPS Music Awards10 May 2018
NewsletterSignings, Awards and CDs 4 May 2018
A busy night at the 2018 International Opera Awards10 April 2018
Awards for Maestro Arts Artists19 June 2017
Lyon: End of an era for Kazushi Ono12 June 2017
Viva Maestro: a gala concert in honour of Kazushi Ono8 June 2017
Kazushi Ono conducts Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk in Lyon18 January 2016
Kazushi Ono awarded prestigious Asahi Prize9 January 2016
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra - 50th Anniversary Tour13 November 2015
OBC 2015-16 season under new musical director, Kazushi Ono31 August 2015
Kazushi Ono conducts Midsummer Night's Dream in Aix12 July 2015