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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 Chimène, 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 Niño 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
Adams: The Death of Klinghoffer / Nagano, Sylvan, Maddalena
Release Date: 11/17/1992   Label: Nonesuch  
Catalog: 79281   Number of Discs: 2
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John Adams: El Niño / Nagano, Upshaw, White, Et Al
Release Date: 08/28/2001   Label: Nonesuch  
Catalog: 79634   Number of Discs: 2
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Adams: El Niño / Nagano, Upshaw, White, Lieberson, Et Al
Release Date: 02/19/2002   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 100221   Number of Discs: 1
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Chin: Alice In Wonderland / Nagano
Release Date: 04/29/2008   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2072418   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress / Nagano, L’opera De Lyon
Release Date: 06/15/2010   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 4681380   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    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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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    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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  • 88.
    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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  • 89.
    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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  • 90.
    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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  • 91.
    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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  • 92.
    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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  • 93.
    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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  • 94.
    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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  • 95.
    Prokofiev: Pedro Y El Lobo;  Beintus: Las Huellas Del Lobo
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186014 Release Date: 02/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Jean-Pascal Beintus
    Performer:  Sophia Loren,  Antonio Banderas
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 96.
    Hilary Hahn - A Portrait
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000818309 Release Date: 02/13/2007  
    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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  • 97.
    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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  • 98.
    Brahms: Symphony No 4;  Schoenberg / Nagano, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 901884 Release Date: 01/16/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Arnold Schoenberg
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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  • 99.
    Poulenc: Dialogues Des Carmélites / Nagano, Dubosc, Van Dam, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 58657 Release Date: 10/17/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Brigitte Fournier,  Martine Dupuy,  Rita Gorr,  François Le Roux  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Chorus,  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  London Chorus
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  • 100.
    Vadim Repin - Collected Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 63263 Release Date: 10/17/2006   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Richard Strauss,  Igor Stravinsky,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  Vadim Repin,  Boris Berezovsky,  Dmitry Yablonsky,  Ralf Gothóni  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Emmanuel Krivine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Chamber Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra
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