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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  • 76.
    Hilary Hahn - A Portrait
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000818309 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    Michael Torke - Five
    Label: Ecstatic Records   Catalog: 92205 Release Date: 04/12/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Torke
    Performer:  Phillip Bush
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano,  Michael Torke,  Lothar Zagrosek,  David Alan Miller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  Apollo Saxophone Quartet
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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    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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  • 88.
    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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  • 89.
    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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  • 90.
    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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  • 91.
    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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  • 92.
    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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  • 93.
    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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  • 94.
    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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  • 95.
    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:  Joachim Pliquett,  Dagmar Pecková,  Andreas Klein
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Berlin Radio Female Chorus,  Hanover Boys' Choir
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  • 96.
    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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  • 97.
    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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  • 98.
    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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  • 99.
    Stravinsky: Petrushka;  Bartók: Miraculous Mandarin / Nagano
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 23142 Release Date: 11/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Béla Bartók
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 100.
    Massenet: Werther / Nagano, Von Otter, Hadley, Upshaw
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 17790 Release Date: 10/28/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet
    Performer:  Jerry Hadley,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Dawn Upshaw
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Chorus,  Lyon National Orchestra
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