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
Bruckner: Symphonie No 3 / Nagano, Deutsches So Berlin
Release Date: 08/12/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 951817   Number of Discs: 1
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Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4, 7 & 8 / Nagano, Bavarian State Orchestra
Release Date: 08/12/2014   Label: Farao  
Catalog: 108074   Number of Discs: 4
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Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne Vol 2 / Upshaw, Nagano
Release Date: 09/16/1997   Label: Erato  
Catalog: 17577   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 101.
    Kent Nagano Conducts Classical Masterpieces 2 - Beethoven
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101429 Release Date: 07/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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  • 102.
    Prokofiev: Pedro Y El Lobo;  Beintus: Las Huellas Del Lobo
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186014 Release Date: 02/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Jean-Pascal Beintus
    Performer:  Sophia Loren,  Antonio Banderas
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 103.
    Hilary Hahn - A Portrait
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000818309 Release Date: 02/13/2007  
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn,  Natalie Zhu
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra
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  • 104.
    Wagner: Lohengrin / Vogt, Kringelborn, Nagano
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 964 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Solveig Kringelborn,  Klaus Florian Vogt,  Waltraud Meier,  Tom Fox  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Lyon Opera Chorus
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  • 105.
    Brahms: Symphony No 4;  Schoenberg / Nagano, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 901884 Release Date: 01/16/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Arnold Schoenberg
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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  • 106.
    Poulenc: Dialogues Des Carmélites / Nagano, Dubosc, Van Dam, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 58657 Release Date: 10/17/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Brigitte Fournier,  Martine Dupuy,  Rita Gorr,  François Le Roux  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Chorus,  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  London Chorus
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  • 107.
    Vadim Repin - Collected Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 63263 Release Date: 10/17/2006   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Richard Strauss,  Igor Stravinsky,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  Vadim Repin,  Boris Berezovsky,  Dmitry Yablonsky,  Ralf Gothóni  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Emmanuel Krivine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Chamber Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra
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  • 108.
    Bedtime Beats - The Secret To Sleep
    Label: Rhino Records   Catalog: 77617 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Erik Satie,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Elisabeth Leonskaja,  Nikolai Lugansky,  Jean-François Heisser  ... 
    Conductor:  Howard Griffiths,  Yutaka Sado,  Armin Jordan,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 109.
    Ravel, Ibert, Poulenc, Martin / Van Dam, Nagano, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 63310 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin,  Francis Poulenc,  Jacques Ibert,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  José Van Dam,  Alain Plančs,  Péter Csaba,  Hervé Derrien  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
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  • 110.
    Prokofiev: L'Amour des 3 Oranges / Kent Nagano, Lyon Opera
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 58694 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Jules Bastin,  Gabriel Bacquier,  Didier Henry,  Jean-Luc Viala  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Chorus
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  • 111.
    Schreker: Die Gezeichneten / Hale, Volle, Schone, Nagano
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2055298 Release Date: 07/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schreker
    Performer:  Anne Schwanewilms,  Wolfgang Schöne,  Michael Volle,  Robert Hale  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra
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  • 112.
    Britten: Rescue Of Penelope, Phaedra / Nagano, Hallé Orchestra
    Label: Elatus   Catalog: 47581 Release Date: 05/23/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  William Dazeley,  Alison Hagley,  Catherine Wyn-Rogers,  John Mark Ainsley  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
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  • 113.
    Milhaud, Honegger: Cello Concertos; Hoddinott / Rostropovich, Nagano
    Label: Elatus   Catalog: 12035 Release Date: 05/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Darius Milhaud,  Arthur Honegger,  Alun Hoddinott
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 114.
    Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloe (Complete)
    Label: Elatus   Catalog: 18932 Release Date: 05/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 115.
    Mahler: Symphony No 3 / Pliquett, Klein, Pecková, Nagano
    Label: Elatus   Catalog: 15842 Release Date: 05/17/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Joachim Pliquett,  Andreas Klein,  Dagmar Pecková
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hannover Boys' Choir,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Female Chorus
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  • 116.
    Night Of Rhythm & Dance / Nagano, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2050526 Release Date: 05/16/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Ji-Ping Jhao,  Eitetsu Hayashi,  Isao Matsushita  ... 
    Performer:  Susan Graham,  Eitetsu Hayashi,  Mari Kodama,  Momo Kodama
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 117.
    Messiaen Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 62162 Release Date: 04/18/2006   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Olivier Messiaen
    Performer:  Jeanne Loriod,  Yvonne Loriod,  Dominique Kim,  Pierre-Laurent Aimard  ... 
    Conductor:  Marcel Couraud,  Kent Nagano,  Marius Constant,  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF Chamber Orchestra,  ORTF Women's Chorus,  ORTF Chorus  ... 
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  • 118.
    Century Vol 18 - Wien 1900 - The Death Of Tonality?
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908180 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Anton Bruckner,  Gustav Mahler,  Arnold Schoenberg  ... 
    Performer:  Detlef Roth,  Robert Gambill,  Sophie Koch,  Sigurd Brauns  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano,  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cello-Ensemble Peter Buck,  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Windsbach Boys Choir  ... 
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  • 119.
    Century Vol 20 - Music Of Today
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908182 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ohana,  György Ligeti,  Pierre Boulez,  Luciano Berio  ... 
    Performer:  Marie-Josčphe Jude,  Lawrence Power,  Philippe Bernold,  Alexandre Tharaud  ... 
    Conductor:  Luciano Berio,  Josep Pons,  Kent Nagano,  Paul Hillier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musique Vivante Ensemble,  Chorale Experimentale,  Barcelona Teatre Lliure Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 120.
    Wolf: Prometheus, Etc / Nagano, Banse, Hensche, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 901837 Release Date: 02/14/2006   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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  • 121.
    Missa - The Finest Masses In Musical History
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908183 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Frank Martin,  Leonard Bernstein,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
    Performer:  Phillip Moll,  Philip Mayers,  Hanno Müller-Brachmann,  Steve Davislim  ... 
    Conductor:  Marcus Creed,  Daniel Reuss,  Kent Nagano,  Philippe Herreweghe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Berlin Cathedral Chorus,  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin  ... 
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  • 122.
    Super Audio Cd Sampler Vol 2
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186086 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gottfried August Homilius,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Bram Beekman,  Andrew Marriner,  Julia Fischer,  Mari Kodama
    Conductor:  Yakov Kreizberg,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Ed Spanjaard,  Simon Murphy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Netherlands Chamber Choir  ... 
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  • 123.
    Berlin Opera Night / Banse, Bumbry, Nagano
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2053588 Release Date: 09/20/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Jules Massenet,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Castronovo,  Vladimir Galusin,  Vesselina Kasarova,  Grace Bumbry  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
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  • 124.
    Varese: Ameriques, Offrandes, Hyperprism, Etc / Nagano
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4620872 Release Date: 06/06/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edgard Varčse
    Performer:  Phyllis Bryn-Julson,  Nicholas Isherwood,  Philippe Pierlot
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra,  ORTF Philharmonic Orchestra members,  ORTF Men's Chorus
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  • 125.
    Wagner: Parsifal / Ventris, Meier, Nagano, et al
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 915 Release Date: 05/17/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Tom Fox,  Matti Salminen,  Christopher Ventris,  Waltraud Meier  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baden-Baden Festival Choir,  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra
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