Tadaaki Otaka

Biography

Born: November 8, 1947; Kamakura, Japan  
Tadaaki Otaka has emerged as one of the leading Japanese conductors of his generation. He has held major conducting posts both in Japan and England and has led critically acclaimed performances in both the concert hall and opera house. Otaka's choice in repertory has been broad but has tended to favor composers from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, with Franck, Richard Strauss, Elgar, Prokofiev, and especially Rachmaninov figuring Read more prominently in his programs. Not surprisingly, Otaka has also conducted much Japanese music: works by Toru Takemitsu (including several important premieres, such as the 1986 Gemini), Ifukube, Yamada, and others. Otaka has made numerous recordings for several labels, including Nimbus, Camerata, BIS, and Chandos.

Otaka was born on November 8, 1947, in Kamakura, Japan. His father was composer and conductor Hisatada Otaka and his mother an accomplished pianist. At Toho Gakuen School of Music in Chofu, Tokyo he studied conducting, French horn, composition, and theory. Otaka's most important teacher there was the distinguished music pedagogue Hideo Saito, whose students included Seiji Ozawa.

Following graduation Otaka conducted the Toho Gakuen String Orchestra during a European tour. In 1971 he had further studies with conductor Hans Swarowsky. While still in his twenties Otaka was appointed principal conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic (1974) and held the post for 17 years, becoming conductor laureate in 1991. During his tenure there he made numerous tours abroad, regularly guest-conducted leading Japanese and European orchestras, and he held other positions concurrently: from 1981-1986 he became chief conductor of the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra and in 1987 was appointed principal conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Otaka's 1985 debut in the U.S. took place in New York with the American Symphony Orchestra, and his operatic debut in England was in 1991 at the Welsh National Opera, where he led an acclaimed performance of Strauss' Salome. From 1992-1998 he served as principal conductor of Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. In 1997 Otaka was cited for his many contributions to cultural life in England when he was awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire). In 1995 Otaka founded the Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo. His later recordings include the 2005 CD of Glazunov's Symphonies No. 5 and No. 7 on BIS, part of a cycle of the complete symphonies. Read less
Gubaidulina: Pro Et Contra;  Firsova: Cassandra / Otaka, Bbc
Release Date: 10/14/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 668   Number of Discs: 1
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Elgar: Symphony no 1, etc / Otaka, BBC NO of Wales
Release Date: 07/18/1995   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 727   Number of Discs: 1
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Lutoslawski: Symphony No 3, Etc / Otaka, Bbc No Of Wales
Release Date: 02/20/1996   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 743   Number of Discs: 1
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Schnittke: Symphonies No 6 & 7 / Otaka, Bbc No Of Wales
Release Date: 03/26/1996   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 747   Number of Discs: 1
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Takemitsu: A Flock Descends, Etc / Otaka, Watkins, Bbc Wales
Release Date: 07/09/1996   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 760   Number of Discs: 1
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Born: November 8, 1947; Kamakura, Japan  
Tadaaki Otaka has emerged as one of the leading Japanese conductors of his generation. He has held major conducting posts both in Japan and England and has led critically acclaimed performances in both the concert hall and opera house. Otaka's choice in repertory has been broad but has tended to favor composers from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, with Franck, Richard Strauss, Elgar, Prokofiev, and especially Rachmaninov figuring Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Andante -
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Presto
III. Adagio -
IV. Allegro vivace
I. Moderato maestoso - Allegro
II. Scherzo. Moderato
III. Andante
IV. Allegro maestoso
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Scherzo
IV. Finale. Allegro maestoso
I. Allegro moderato
II. Mesto
III. Allegro
IV. Finale: Moderato sostenuto - Allegro moderato
I. Allegro
II. Scherzo. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Finale. Allegro
I. Adagio - Allegro passionato
II. Tema con variazioni
III. Intermezzo. Allegretto
IV. Finale. Andante maestoso - Moderato maestoso
I. Allegro
II. Scherzo. Vivace
III. Andante
IV. Finale. Allegro moderato
I. Andante maestoso - Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace
IV. Intrada - Finale: Allegro
I. Tray of waves -
II. Misa's theme -
III. Faded letter -
IV. Shadow of night -
V. Misa and Kosaku -
VI. Finale
Movement I
Movement II
Movement III
Movement IV
I. Orion
II. and
III. Pleiades
Piano Concerto No.4 in G Minor, Op.40: I Allegro vivace
Piano Concerto No.4 in G Minor, Op.40: II Largo
Piano Concerto No.4 in G Minor, Op.40: III Allegro Vivace
I. Allegro moderato
II. Presto
III. Adagio - attacca -
IV. Allegro vivace
I. Andante - attacca -
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Lento - Agitato - Lento
II. Tranquillo
III. Inquieto -
IV. Moderato (Variations on a Theme by Schubert)
I. Andante. Nobilmente e semplice - Allegro
II. Allegro molto - attacca -
III. Adagio
IV. Lento - Allegro
Part I: Le Sommeil de Psyche
Part I: Psyche enlevee par les zephirs
Part II: Les jardins d'Eros
Part II: Lento
Part II: Psyche et Eros
Part III: Quasi lento
Part III: Souffrances et plaintes de Psyche
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