Yasuo Shinozaki, conductor
Yasuo Shinozaki, Assistant Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2001, made his mark at the Second International Sibelius Conducting Competition in Helsinki in 2000 where he was awarded Second Prize. Subsequently he was invited to conduct the Helsinki Philharmonic in a performance of Symphony No. 9 by Dvorák, and the Turku Philharmonic in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 as well as the Dutilleux Cello Concerto with Soloist Steven Isserlis. In September 2002 Mr. Shinozaki appeared for the first time with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, followed by an appearance with the Osaka Symphony Orchestra. He also appeared recently with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Shinozaki debuted at Hollywood Bowl in July 2002 and leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in regional performances, educational outreach and community concerts. Among the repertoire he has conducted for the Los Angeles Philharmonic is Stravinsky’s Firebird, Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8 and Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 3 and 6. Mr. Shinozaki has conducted several premieres, including a world premiere by Marijn Simons and new works by Karen Tanaka and Osvaldo Golijov.
In his native Japan Mr. Shinozaki has worked with many orchestras, including the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra Musica Celeste, the Osaka Symphony Orchestra and the Fukuoka City Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Shinozaki made his opera debut in Tokyo in 1993 with Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and since then has conducted at a number of Japan’s opera houses including the Tokyo Nikikai Opera and the Japan National Opera Theatre.
Mr. Shinozaki completed his conducting studies in 1998 at the Vienna Musikhochschule with Leopold Hager. In addition he has studied with Myung-Whun Chung at Siena Chigiana, and Seiji Ozawa and Bernard Haitink at Tanglewood.
“Music expresses not only actual sound, but also ideas that aren’t possible to physically hear. Composers create music from their hearts and listen to it in their minds. In other words, meaning in music comes from the ideas, emotions and situations that composers desire to communicate, and not simply from the notes they write down on the page… I believe the orchestra is one of the greatest art forms. I’ve been to Florence a lot of times to see the sculptures of Michelangelo. His sculptures are only physical shapes but they also express something spiritual. While it’s just one stone formed by one artist, this one stone inspires and moves us. This is one of the deepest artistic mysteries. But orchestral music is different. It is a coming together of artists (musicians) to create one artwork at the same time. I don’t know another kind art that is made by so many artists at once! I think it’s amazing and incredibly powerful. An orchestra has the ability to express emotion and passion to the fullest… I’m excited to conduct this new orchestra – to be among the musicians while we share our passion for the music with the audience during the concert – to be one in the art. I feel this is the greatest pleasure of music.”