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
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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Wolf: Prometheus, Orchestral Lieder / Nagano, Banse, Henschel
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 501837   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Piano Concerto No 3 / Kodama, Blacher, Moser, Nagano
Release Date: 06/12/2012   Label: Berlin Classics  
Catalog: 300331   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    Puccini Arias & Songs / Te Kanawa
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 517451 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Roger Vignoles
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    Ideals Of The French Revolution - Beethoven / Kent Nagano, Maximilian Schell, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 740084 Release Date: 01/06/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    Beethoven: Ideals Of The French Revolution
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 808447 Release Date: 07/29/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Paul Griffiths,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Adrianne Pieczonka
    Conductor:  Jean-François Rivest,  Kent Nagano
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  • 84.
    40 Most Beautiful Love Themes - Vivaldi, Mozart, Debussy, Etc / Mehta, Ristenpart, Haitink, Scimone, Masur, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 511598 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Alessandro Marcello,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Cyprien Katsaris,  Alessio Bax,  Chloë Hanslip  ... 
    Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal,  Armin Jordan,  Paul Mann,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Basel Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 85.
    40 Most Beautiful Summer Classics - Mozart, Vivaldi, Debussy, Etc
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 511596 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Alexander Glazunov,  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-François Heisser,  Howard Cook,  Helen Huang,  Malcolm Martineau  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  José Serebrier,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Alain Lombard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 86.
    The Puccini Experience / Mehta, Italian Radio So Rome, Italian Radio Chorus Rome
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 510974 Release Date: 05/20/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Géza Szilvay,  Csaba Szilvay,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Catherine Malfitano  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano,  Zubin Mehta,  James Conlon,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Strings,  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome  ... 
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  • 87.
    Boldemann, Gefors, Hillborg / Nagano, Von Otter, Gothenburg So
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001098702 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Gefors,  Laci Boldemann,  Anders Hillborg
    Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 88.
    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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  • 89.
    Rostropovich Plays Cello Works
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 447036 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Marcel Landowski,  Rodion Shchedrin,  Renaud Gagneux,  Alun Hoddinott  ... 
    Performer:  Galina Vishnevskaya,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Hugh Seenan,  Layton James  ... 
    Conductor:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Seiji Ozawa,  Kent Nagano,  Cristobal Halffter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 90.
    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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  • 91.
    The Very Best Of Poulenc
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 502727 Release Date: 01/11/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Anne Queffélec,  Maggie Cole,  Gabriel Tacchino  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  Georges Prętre,  Harry Christophers,  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
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  • 92.
    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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  • 93.
    Stravinsky: The Firebird / Kent Nagano, London Symphony
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 45032 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 94.
    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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  • 95.
    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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  • 96.
    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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  • 97.
    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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  • 98.
    Berlioz: Nuits D'été; Ravel: Shéhérazade / Fink, Nagano
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 901932 Release Date: 08/14/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Bernarda Fink
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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  • 99.
    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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  • 100.
    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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