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
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  • 26.
    Erato - 50 CD Collection
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 46441 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Pierre Pierlot,  Paul Hongne,  Jacques Chambon  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Frigyes Sándor,  Kent Nagano  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.,  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Soloists  ... 
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  • 27.
    Teldec - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 643851 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Josef Protschka,  Barbara Bonney,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Carlo Rizzi,  Reinbert De Leeuw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 28.
    Adams: El Nino / Nagano, Upshaw, Hunt Lieberson, White
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101669 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Adams
    Performer:  Dawn Upshaw,  Willard White,  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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  • 29.
    Grieg: Piano Concerto In A; Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 / Lugansky, Nagano
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 210 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Britten: Owen Wingrave / Finley, Savidge, Marlton, Nagano
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100373 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Gerald Finley,  Martyn Hill,  Peter Savidge,  Josephine Barstow
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra
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  • 31.
    Torke: Color Music
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001752802 Release Date: 12/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Torke
    Conductor:  David Zinman,  Kent Nagano,  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta,  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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  • 32.
    Wagner Edition [25 DVD Set]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1095 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Oliver Ringelhahn,  Marina Prudenskaja,  Catherine Naglestad,  Marco Jentzsch  ... 
    Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen,  Bertrand De Billy,  Vladimir Jurowski,  Kent Nagano  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Opera Chorus,  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra,  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra  ... 
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  • 33.
    Label: Farao   Catalog: 108061 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Maximilian Hochwimmer,  Franz Draxinger,  Rainer Schmitz,  Johannes Dengler
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
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  • 34.
    Eotvos: Three Sisters / Nagano, Lyon Opera Orchestra
    Label: Budapest Music Center/Bmc (Hungary)   Catalog: 190 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Eötvös
    Performer:  Jan Alofs,  Gary Boyce,  Vyacheslav Kagan-Palei,  Nikita Storojev  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina / Vogt, Soffel, Burchuladze , Nylund, Nagano [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072424 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Valery Alexeev,  Paata Burchuladze,  Klaus Florian Vogt,  John Daszak  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
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  • 36.
    Mozart: Idomeneo / Ainsley, Breslik, Nagano [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072444 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Guy de Mey,  Rainer Trost,  Annette Dasch,  John Mark Ainsley  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
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  • 37.
    Bernstein: Mass / Hadley, Nagano, German SO Berlin
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501840 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Jerry Hadley,  Sigurd Brauns,  Tobias Lehmann
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Cathedral Chorus,  Berlin Radio Chorus,  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin  ... 
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  • 38.
    Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Piano Concerto No 3 / Kodama, Blacher, Moser, Nagano
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300331 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Mari Kodama,  Johannes Moser,  Kolja Blacher
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
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  • 39.
    Human Misery, Human Love - Beethoven: Symphony No  9 / Nagano, Montreal Symphony
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 191944 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 4; Scriabin: Promethee / Lefevre, Nagano, Montreal Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29288 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Alexander Scriabin
    Performer:  Alain Lefčvre
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Le Coq D'or / Nagano, Schagidullin, Trifonova, Orchestre De Paris [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108053 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Olga Trifonova,  Andrei Breus,  Albert Schagidullin,  Elena Manistina
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris,  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Chorus
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  • 42.
    Bruckner: Symphony No 6 / Nagano, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1951901 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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  • 43.
    In 'n' Out: Every Moment Has Its Music
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 96102 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ernesto Lecuona,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Angčle Dubeau,  Alvaro Pierri,  Bernadene Blaha,  Elizabeth Dolin  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorraine Desmarais,  Kent Nagano,  Joseph Rescigno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gryphon Trio,  Montreal Jazz Club,  Duo Gaulin-Riverin  ... 
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  • 44.
    Seeds
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 96046 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Niccolň Paganini,  Jules Massenet,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Angčle Dubeau,  James Ehnes,  Yekwon Sunwoo,  Benjamin Beilman  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Rescigno,  Yoav Talmi,  Ivan Marinov,  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta,  I Musici de Montreal
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  • 45.
    Bruckner: Symphony No 7   / Nagano, Bavarian State Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 790945 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Choral Works - Bach, Biber, Brahms, Faure, Krenek, Mahler, Monteverdi
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908520 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Brett,  Ingrid Schmithüsen,  Peter Kooy,  Howard Crook  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe,  Marcus Creed,  Kent Nagano,  Andrew Manze
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris,  Musique Oblique,  Les Petits Chanteurs de St. Louis  ... 
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  • 47.
    PentaTone - The First 10 Years
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186500 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Aram Khachaturian,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Alexander Glazunov  ... 
    Performer:  Julia Fischer,  Sa Chen,  Arabella Steinbacher,  Bram Beekman  ... 
    Conductor:  Yakov Kreizberg,  Simon Murphy,  Lawrence Foster,  Marek Janowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra,  Russian National Orchestra,  Chamber Soloists of The New Dutch Academy  ... 
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  • 48.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Le Coq D'or / Nagano, Schagidullin, Trifonova, Orchestre De Paris, Mariinsky Theatre Chorus
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107387 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Olga Trifonova,  Andrei Breus,  Albert Schagidullin,  Elena Manistina
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris,  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Chorus
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  • 49.
    Mahler: Symphony No 8 / Nagano, Deutsches So Berlin
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501858 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Sophie Koch,  Sylvia Greenberg,  Sally Matthews,  Lynne Dawson  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Windsbach Boys Choir,  Middle German Radio Chorus Leipzig
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  • 50.
    Beethoven - Gods, Heroes And Men / Nagano, Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 85737 Release Date: 05/24/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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