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Yutaka Sado

Born in Kyoto, YUTAKA SADO is currently the music director of the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Austria, the artistic director of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center, and its resident orchestra in Nishinomiya, Japan, and the principal conductor of the Siena Wind Orchestra in Tokyo.

In August 2021, New Japan Philharmonic in Tokyo has appointed Sado as the fifth Music Director. The four-year term will start in April 2023 until March 2027, and prior to the appointment, he will serve as the Music Adviser for one season starting April 2022.New Japan Philharmonic was founded in 1972 by Seiji Ozawa, who serves the honorary conductor of the orchestra. 

Studied under Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa, Yutaka Sado is the recipient of the Grand Prix of the 39th «Concours international des jeunes chefs d’orchestre» in 1989 in Besançon, France, and the Grand Prix of the Leonard Bernstein Jerusalem International Music Competition in 1995. Sado was appointed as Conductor in Residence at the Pacific Music Festival founded by the late Bernstein in 1990 in Sapporo, Japan.

Sado’s career outside Japan started in France, where he was principal conductor of the Orchestre Lamoureux in Paris between 1993 and 2010. Yutaka Sado has guested with many of world’s leading ensembles including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Bayerisches Staatsorchester, the symphony orchestras of the BR, NDR, SWR and WDR broadcasters, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, the Orchestre de la Suisse-Romande, the London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia Rom, the RAI Torino, and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington.

Yutaka Sado’s many-faceted musical achievements have been documented in more than 50 CD recordings. With the Tonkunstler Orchestra, Sado has released up to four CDs per year as in-house studio productions and live recordings from the Vienna Musikverein. They include «Ein Heldenleben» and the «Rosenkavalier» suite by Richard Strauss, Anton Bruckner’s Fourth, Eighth and Ninth Symphonies, Joseph Haydn’s oratorio «The Creation» and orchestral works by Leonard Bernstein.