Conducting a courtship

Posted on: September 26, 2017

Sunday’s (9/24) New York Times reports on the wedding of conductor Keitaro Harada, who married fashion designer Yuri Kurashima on September 19 in Tokyo. “The bride, 32, owns Lady Nishida, a women’s fashion line based in Tokyo. From 2007-13 she played professional tennis on the International Tennis Federation circuit…. Mr. Harada, also 32, is the associate conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and Arizona Opera…. He was also a Seiji Ozawa Conducting fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass.” In 2013, Harada participated in the League of American Orchestras’ Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview. “The couple have their mothers to thank for getting them together. On Feb. 13, the mothers of Ms. Kurashima and Mr. Harada met through a mutual friend at a restaurant in Tokyo…. Both mothers proceeded to introduce their children online, setting off a dizzying, whirlwind romance…. On Feb. 24, Ms. Kurashima took a flight from Tokyo to Cincinnati to meet Mr. Harada in person…. On Feb. 25, one day after meeting Ms. Kurashima in person—their date technically spilled into the early hours of Feb. 26—Mr. Harada proposed. ‘The whole thing felt like a fairy tale,’ Ms. Kurashima said.”

Posted September 26, 2017