Savannah Philharmonic taps Keitaro Harada as music director, effective in 2020-21

Posted on: July 24, 2019

“The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra announced in a media event Tuesday afternoon the hiring of Keitaro Harada as its new music and artistic director,” writes Joshua Peacock in Tuesday’s (7/23) Savannah Morning News (Georgia). “Harada will replace founding Artistic Director Peter Shannon…. Harada, who has signed a multi-year contract, is set to conduct the opening and closing concerts of the 2019-20 season as director designate and take over the full title and responsibilities of music and artistic director beginning with the 2020-21 season…. He is a graduate of Mercer University and was assistant conductor of the Macon Symphony Orchestra…. Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Harada is currently finishing his fourth season as the associate conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops. Harada has recent and upcoming engagements with leading ensembles, such as Houston Symphony, … Indianapolis Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, … Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and New Japan Philharmonic. He is a three-time recipient of the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, has been featured at the [League of American Orchestras’ 2013] Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, won the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood Music Festival, and studied with Lorin Maazel and Fabio Luisi.”

 

Posted July 24, 2019

Keitaro Harada photo by Geoff L. Johnson