Kazuki Yamada named City of Birmingham Orchestra’s next chief conductor

Posted on: September 15, 2021

“Japanese conductor Kazuki Yamada will become the first non-European to lead the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,” writes Maddy Shaw Roberts in Tuesday’s (9/14) Classic FM (U.K.). “Yamada, who has been the CBSO’s principal guest conductor since October 2018,” has been named chief conductor and will “also become the orchestra’s artistic advisor, assuming both roles from 1 April 2023. Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla will step down as music director at the end of the 2021-22 season…. Yamada [has guest conducted] Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Philharmonia Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra Washington. [He] is also principal conductor and artistic director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, permanent conductor of the Japan Philharmonic, and principal guest conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Japan. Yamada made his debut with the CBSO … in 2012.… Stephen Maddock, CBSO’s chief executive, [said]: ‘From his very first concerts with us, there was an immediate rapport between Kazuki and our musicians, and enormous respect for his musicianship and craft. Over time that has only deepened.’ ”