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
Benjamin: Into The Little Hill, Dance Figures, Sometime Voices / Ollu, Knussen, Nagano, Komsi, Et Al
Release Date: 01/13/2009   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 5828   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 126.
    Britten: Owen Wingrave / Finley, Savidge, Marlton, Et Al
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 2923 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Peter Savidge,  Martyn Hill,  Gerald Finley,  Josephine Barstow
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra
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  • 127.
    Michael Torke - Four
    Label: Ecstatic Records   Catalog: 92204 Release Date: 02/15/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Torke
    Conductor:  Jurjen Hempel,  Lothar Zagrosek,  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Volharding Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta
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  • 128.
    Michael Torke - Ecstatic Collection
    Label: Ecstatic Records   Catalog: 92299 Release Date: 11/02/2004   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Michael Torke
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Valdine Anderson,  Kurt Ollmann,  John Harle  ... 
    Conductor:  David Zinman,  Michael Torke,  Edo De Waart,  Yoel Levi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,  Argo Band,  Netherlands Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 129.
    Artist Portrait - Kiri Te Kanawa
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 61590 Release Date: 08/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michel Legrand,  Giacomo Puccini,  Traditional,  Rebecca Clarke  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Richard Leech,  Alan Titus,  Gino Quilico  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Legrand,  Kent Nagano,  Robin Stapleton,  Marek Janowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Studio Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 130.
    Super Audio Cd Sampler
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186043 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Franz Xaver Richter  ... 
    Performer:  Mari Kodama,  Bram Beekman,  Nikolai Lugansky,  Malcom Lowe  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano,  Simon Murphy,  Ed Spanjaard,  Marco Boni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra,  New Dutch Academy,  Netherlands Chamber Choir  ... 
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  • 131.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos / Kodama, Nagano, Russian National
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186026 Release Date: 10/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Loewe,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Mari Kodama
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 132.
    Prokofiev: Peter And The Wolf / Nagano, Sophia Loren, Et Al
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186012 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Jean-Pascal Beintus
    Performer:  Sophia Loren,  Mikhail Gorbachev,  Bill Clinton
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 133.
    Prokofiev: Peter And The Wolf;  Beintus / Gorbachev, Et Al
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186011 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Pascal Beintus,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Bill Clinton,  Sophia Loren
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 134.
    Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto No 1 / Nagano
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186022 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff,  Nikolai Lugansky
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 135.
    Delibes: Coppelia Highlights / Nagano, Lyon Opera Orchestra
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4603652 Release Date: 06/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Léo Delibes
    Performer:  Anton Kholodenko,  Vasko Vassilev
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
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  • 136.
    Beintus: The Butterfly Tree - Kent Nagano, Joan Baez, Et Al
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 1018 Release Date: 05/06/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Pascal Beintus
    Performer:  Joan Baez,  Joy Carlin,  Julia Butterfly Hill
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berkeley Symphony Orchestra
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  • 137.
    Baby Play - Classical Favorites For Toddler's Playtime
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 46031 Release Date: 06/25/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires,  David Pyatt,  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Turibio Santos  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Yutaka Sado,  Theodor Guschlbauer,  Hugh Wolff  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon  ... 
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  • 138.
    Rachmaninov, Prokofiev: Piano Concertos / Cherkassky, Et Al
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 4092 Release Date: 04/23/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Shura Cherkassky
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano,  Rudolf Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 139.
    Adams: El Nińo / Nagano, Upshaw, White, Lieberson, Et Al
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100221 Release Date: 02/19/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Adams
    Performer:  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson,  Dawn Upshaw,  Willard White
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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  • 140.
    Bruch: Concerto For Clarinet, Viola And Orchestra / Nagano
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 89229 Release Date: 02/19/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Gérard Caussé,  Francois-René Duchable,  Paul Meyer
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
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  • 141.
    John Adams: El Nińo / Nagano, Upshaw, White, Et Al
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79634 Release Date: 08/28/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Adams
    Performer:  Willard White,  Dawn Upshaw,  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Voices,  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Theatre of Voices  ... 
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  • 142.
    The Classics - Stravinsky: The Firebird / Nagano, London So
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 61848 Release Date: 05/08/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 143.
    Messiaen: Turangalîla-symphonie / Nagano, Aimard, Kim, Et Al
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 82043 Release Date: 03/20/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Olivier Messiaen
    Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard,  Dominique Kim
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 144.
    Mahler: Symphony No 3 / Nagano, Deutsches Symphonie Berlin
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 82354 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Dagmar Pecková,  Joachim Pliquett,  Andreas Klein
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Female Chorus,  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Hanover Boys' Choir
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  • 145.
    Bernstein: A White House Cantata / Hampson, Anderson, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463448 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Kenneth Tarver,  June Anderson,  Barbara Hendricks,  Victor Acquah  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
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  • 146.
    20/21  Eötvös: Three Sisters / Nagano, Eötvös, Opéra De Lyon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459694 Release Date: 01/11/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Eötvös
    Performer:  Oleg Riabets,  Albert Schagidullin,  Marc Duguay,  Gary Boyce  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano,  Peter Eötvös
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
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  • 147.
    Lalo, Chausson, Ravel / Vadim Repin, Kent Nagano, London SO
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 27314 Release Date: 10/19/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Ernest Chausson,  Edouard Lalo
    Performer:  Vadim Repin
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 148.
    20/21  Messiaen: Saint François D'assise / Nagano, Van Dam
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445176 Release Date: 08/10/1999   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Olivier Messiaen
    Performer:  John Aler,  Akos Banlaky,  Dirk D'Ase,  Tom Krause  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir
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  • 149.
    Simply The Best Night At The Opera / Algana, Bartoli, Et Al
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 26499 Release Date: 07/06/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Richard Wagner,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Samuel Ramey,  Annick Massis,  Marilyn Horne,  Hĺkan Hagegĺrd  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Marc Minkowski,  Lawrence Foster,  Marek Janowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Le Concert des Tuileries,  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 150.
    Kraft: Timpani Concerto, Piano Concerto, Etc / Akins, Et Al
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 302 Release Date: 06/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Kraft
    Performer:  Jeff von der Schmidt,  Mona Golabek,  Thomas Akins
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano,  Paul Polivnick
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berkeley Symphony Orchestra,  Alabama Symphony Orchestra
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