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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  • 51.
    Berlin Opera Night / Nagano, Berlin Deutsche Opera
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2053589 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Galouzine,  Anne Schwanewilms,  Adrianne Pieczonka,  Angelika Kirchschlager  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
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  • 52.
    Bernstein: Theatre Works
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001476602 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Tyne Daly,  Cleo Laine,  Samuel Ramey,  Frederica Von Stade  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Leonard Bernstein,  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices,  London Symphony Chorus  ... 
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  • 53.
    Delibes: Coppelia / Nagano, Lyon National Opera Ballet
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 1485 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Léo Delibes
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Opera Orchestra
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  • 54.
    Wagner: Lohengrin / Nagano, Kaufmann, Harteros, Koch, Schuster
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001434009 Release Date: 06/22/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Michaela Schuster,  Anja Harteros,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Wolfgang Koch  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Chorus,  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Wagner: Parsifal / Nagano, Ventris, Meier, Salminen, Hampson
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7063 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Christopher Ventris,  Matti Salminen,  Waltraud Meier  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baden-Baden Festival Choir,  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Beethoven: Piano Concertos 4 & 5 / Fellner, Nagano, Montreal SO
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001397502 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Till Fellner
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 57.
    Kaija Saariaho: L'amour De Loin / Nagano
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 801937 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Kaija Saariaho
    Performer:  Ekaterina Lekhina,  Marie-Ange Todorovitch,  Daniel Belcher
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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  • 58.
    Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina / Soffel, Nylund, Nagano
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072428 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Paata Burchuladze,  Klaus Florian Vogt,  John Daszak,  Doris Soffel  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Chorus,  Bavarian State Orchestra
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  • 59.
    Wagner: Lohengrin / Vogt, Kringelborn, Nagano, Berlin Deutsches SO [Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7026 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Tom Fox,  Solveig Kringelborn,  Waltraud Meier,  Hans-Peter König  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Chorakademie,  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Lyon Opera Chorus
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  • 60.
    Unsuk Chin: Violin Concerto, Rocana / Nagano, Hagner
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29944 Release Date: 04/07/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Unsuk Chin
    Performer:  Viviane Hagner
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 61.
    Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Kodama, Nagano, Deutsches So Berlin
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 2995 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Mari Kodama
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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  • 62.
    Mozart: Idomeneo / Ainsley, Breslik, Nagano
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072448 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Juliane Banse,  Pavol Breslik,  John Mark Ainsley,  Annette Dasch  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
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  • 63.
    The Cunning Little Vixen - An Animated Film
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 871 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
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  • 64.
    Benjamin: Into The Little Hill, Dance Figures, Sometime Voices / Ollu, Knussen, Nagano, Komsi, Et Al
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5828 Release Date: 01/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Benjamin
    Performer:  Anu Komsi,  Hilary Summers,  Dietrich Henschel
    Conductor:  Franck Ollu,  Oliver Knussen,  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 65.
    Torke: Yellow Pages, Slate, Vanada, Etc / Nagano, Torke
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 430209 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Torke
    Performer:  Michael Torke,  Gary Schall,  Edmund Niemann,  Nurit Tilles
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano,  David Alan Miller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  Double Edge
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  • 66.
    Chin: Alice In Wonderland / Nagano
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072418 Release Date: 04/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Unsuk Chin
    Performer:  Guy de Mey,  Dietrich Henschel,  Steven Humes,  Pia Komsi  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Children's Choir,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus,  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra
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  • 67.
    Kent Nagano - Seeking New Shores
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101809 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
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  • 68.
    Kent Nagano Conducts Classical Masterpieces  - Complete Edition
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101425 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra,  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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  • 69.
    Kent Nagano Conducts Classical Masterpieces 5 - Bruckner
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101435 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Kent Nagano Conducts Classical Masterpieces 6 - Strauss
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101437 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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  • 71.
    Kent Nagano Conducts Classical Masterpieces 3 - Schumann
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101431 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra
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  • 72.
    Kent Nagano Conducts Classical Masterpieces 4 - Brahms
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101433 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra
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  • 73.
    Hindemith: Cardillac / Nagano, Denoke, Minutillo
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 23 Release Date: 08/14/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  Roland Bracht,  Hannah Minutillo,  Charles Workman,  Stephen Gadd  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris National Opera Orchestra
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  • 74.
    Kent Nagano Conducts Classical Masterpieces 1 - Mozart
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101427 Release Date: 07/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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  • 75.
    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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