Kent Nagano

Biography

Born: November 22, 1951; Morro Bay, CA  
Given the impact of his career upon music, it seems incredible that Kent Nagano almost became a lawyer. Despite thorough musical training beginning at age six and obvious talent, Nagano simultaneously worked toward degrees at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in sociology and music in 1974 before moving on to San Francisco State University in 1976 to study law. There, composition courses with Grosvenor Cooper and Roger Nixon turned him Read more toward music, and an encounter with Laszlo Varga -- former first cellist of the New York Philharmonic under Walter, Mitropoulos, and Bernstein -- prompted him toward conducting. Though he no longer composes, Nagano has said, "While I seemed to be quite able from the point of view of craftsmanship, I was not very good at the creative aspects! However, having the skills of composition only increases the admiration that one can have for the exceptionally talented who have composed great works." His apprenticeship was spent under Sarah Caldwell at the Opera Company of Boston from 1977 to 1979, where he eventually became assistant conductor. In 1978 he was named music director of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, a post he has continuously held. It was with the Berkeley Symphony in 1982 where he led the first American performance of Pfitzner's opera Palestrina. As assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, he stood in, without rehearsal, to conduct Mahler's Symphony No. 9 in 1984. An adventurous spirit and a major interpretive grasp were clearly at work. These traits were confirmed when Olivier Messiaen tapped Nagano to assist Seiji Ozawa in preparing the world premiere of his sprawling, luminous opera Saint Françoise d'Assisse in 1984, a work Nagano later recorded. His years as musical director of the Opéra National de Lyon (1988-1998) were marked by a number of distinguished premieres (including Peter Eötvös' opera Three Sisters, which he commissioned) and recordings, among the latter, Debussy's abandoned opera Rodrigue et Chimčne, John Adams' Death of Klinghoffer, Busoni's comic opera double bill of Arlecchino and Turandot, and his testament, the unfinished Doktor Faust (with alternate completions by Philipp Jarnach and Antony Beaumont). As music director of the Hallé Orchestra from 1991-2000, he recorded John Adams' El Nińo and the four-act version of Britten's Billy Budd. Nagano is a frequent guest conductor with the world's greatest orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, and the Russian National Orchestra. He was named music advisor to the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal for 2004-05. Read less
Floyd: Susannah / Nagano, Studer, Ramey, Hadley, Chester
Release Date: 09/13/1994   Label: Erato  
Catalog: 45039   Number of Discs: 2
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Wagner: Lohengrin / Nagano, Kaufmann, Harteros, Koch, Schuster
Release Date: 06/22/2010   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 001434009   Number of Discs: 2
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Offenbach: Les contes d'Hoffman / Alagna, Nagano, Lyon National Orchestra
Release Date: 05/20/2016   Label: Erato  
Catalog: 555531   Number of Discs: 3
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Massenet: Werther / Nagano, Von Otter, Hadley, Upshaw
Release Date: 10/28/1997   Label: Erato  
Catalog: 17790   Number of Discs: 2
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Adams: The Death of Klinghoffer / Nagano, Sylvan, Maddalena
Release Date: 11/17/1992   Label: Nonesuch  
Catalog: 79281   Number of Discs: 2
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    Danse macabre / Nagano, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002562702 Release Date: 10/07/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Dukas,  Antonín Dvorák,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Mily Balakirev  ... 
    Performer:  Andrew Wan
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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    Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie / Nagano, Goteborgs Symfoniker
    Label: Farao   Catalog: 108091 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 3.
    100 Best Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556480 Release Date: 08/05/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Barry Tuckwell,  Mikhail Rudy,  Maria-Joao Pires  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Kent Nagano,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Alberto Lysy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Lysy,  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    50 Best Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556482 Release Date: 08/05/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Barry Tuckwell,  Mikhail Rudy,  Maria-Joao Pires  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Kent Nagano,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Alberto Lysy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Lysy,  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Discover Beethoven
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300691 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Mari Kodama,  Dieter Zechlin,  Günter Kootz,  Karl Suske  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Kent Nagano,  Franz Konwitschny,  Heinz Bongartz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  ... 
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    Offenbach: Les contes d'Hoffman / Alagna, Nagano, Lyon National Orchestra
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 555531 Release Date: 05/20/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Leontina Vaduva,  Sumi Jo,  José Van Dam,  Roberto Alagna  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Opera Orchestra
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    Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 2 & Concerto for Orchestra / Dumay, Nagano, Montreal Symphony
    Label: Onyx   Catalog: 4138 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Augustin Dumay
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 8.
    Honegger & Ibert: L'Aiglon / Nagano
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002461002 Release Date: 03/04/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jacques Ibert,  Arthur Honegger
    Performer:  Philippe Sly,  Anne-Catherine Gillet,  Etienne Dupuis,  Isaiah Bell  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Chorus,  Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal
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  • 9.
    Saint-Saens, Moussa, Saariaho / Nagano, Montreal Symphony
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 28779 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Samy Moussa,  Kaija Saariaho
    Performer:  Olivier Latry,  Jean-Willy Kunz
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 10.
    Saint-Saens: Complete Violin Concertos / Wan, Nagano, Montreal Symphony
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 28770 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Andrew Wan
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Stravinsky Complete Edition [30-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002398272 Release Date: 10/23/2015   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Ian Caley,  Phyllis Bryn-Julson,  John Tomlinson  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Riccardo Chailly,  Claudio Abbado,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 12.
    Audi Jugendcorakademie: Brahms, Schumann, Schubert, Strawinsky, Etc.
    Label: Farao   Catalog: 108084 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Antonia Schreiber
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
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  • 13.
    Thomas Hampson - Autograph
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564619045 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Charles Gounod,  Ambroise Thomas,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Charlotte Margiono,  Delores Ziegler,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Michel Plasson,  Antonio de Almeida,  Richard Armstrong  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Netherlands Opera Chorus,  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra  ... 
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    Autograph – Jose van Dam
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564619049 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Hector Berlioz,  Jacques Ibert,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  José Van Dam,  Rosalind Plowright,  Jean-Philippe Collard,  Dalton Baldwin  ... 
    Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling,  Kent Nagano,  Michel Plasson,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra  ... 
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  • 15.
    French Concertos for Trumpet / Merkelo, Nagano, Montreal
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29847 Release Date: 02/17/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Tomasi,  Alfred Desenclos,  André Jolivet
    Performer:  Paul Merkelo
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
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  • 16.
    Brahms: Symphonie No. 4; Schoenberg: Variations / Nagano
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 951884 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Arnold Schoenberg
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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  • 17.
    Samy Moussa: Cyclus
    Label: Col Legno   Catalog: 40409 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samy Moussa
    Performer:  Emanuele Torquati
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano,  Samy Moussa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Armida Quartet
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  • 18.
    Beethoven: The Piano Concertos; Triple Concerto / Kodama, Nagano
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300597 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Mari Kodama,  Kolja Blacher,  Johannes Moser
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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  • 19.
    Wagner: Lohengrin / Nagano, Kaufmann, Harteros, Koch, Schuster [blu-ray]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002247759 Release Date: 01/20/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Evgeny Nikitin,  Michaela Schuster,  Anja Harteros,  Jonas Kaufmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
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  • 20.
    Shoka: Japanese Children Songs / Damaru, Nagano, Montreal Symphony
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29131 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Pascal Beintus
    Performer:  Diana Damrau
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Bruckner: Symphonie No 3 / Nagano, Deutsches So Berlin
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 951817 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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  • 22.
    Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4, 7 & 8 / Nagano, Bavarian State Orchestra
    Label: Farao   Catalog: 108074 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Wolf: Prometheus, Orchestral Lieder / Nagano, Banse, Henschel
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501837 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf
    Performer:  Dietrich Henschel,  Juliane Banse
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Berlin Radio Symphony Chorus
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    Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4, 7 & 8
    Label: Farao   Catalog: 108076 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
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  • 25.
    Darius Milhaud - Une Vie Heureuse [10-CD Set]
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 634844 Release Date: 04/22/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Darius Milhaud
    Performer:  Michel Béroff,  Jean-Philippe Collard,  Noel Lee,  Christian Ivaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Georges Prętre,  Georges Tzipine,  Darius Milhaud  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra,  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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