Yoshinao Osawa Japanese Conductor Yoshinao Osawa
Osawa with IZUMIR Orchestra
Born in Tokyo, in 1950, Yoshinao Osawa studied conducting at Tokyo's Hideo Saito Conducting Class of Toho School of Music under Hideo Saito and Masamitu Takahashi. While studying under Walter Legge in Europe, Osawa was profoundly influenced by techniques Herbert von Karajan performed with. (Walter Legge, known as the successful EMI producer in spite of extreme hardship due to his rumored involvement in Nazi in the post-war period,founded the Philharmonia Orchestra, with which Karajan made a great number ofrecordings.)
In 1974 he won the Most Promising Young Musician Award sponsored by the Myer Foundation of Australia and at the same time, was appointed as Permanent Conductor of the Frankston Symphony and Principal Guest Conductor of the State Orchestra of Victoria and the Melbourne Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra.
His professional career flourished by frequently conducting these Australian orchestras and culminated in his sensational appearance in the Sydney Opera House.
From the late 1970s to the early 1980s, after his appointment as the First Music Director of the Singapore Philharmonic Orchestra in 1977, Osawa was immensely active in Asian countries such as Korea,Taiwan and Philippine.
He conducted prominent Japanese orchestras?the New Japan Philharmonic, the Tokyo Philharmonic and the Osaka Philharmonic?on a regular basis as Permanent Conductor of the Nissan Dream Concerts in the latter half of 1980s.
In 1995, Osawa became Honorary Principal Conductor of the Izmir State Symphony Orchestra in Turkey and since then has devoted himself to maximizing its potential. Maintaining the cultural heritage of Europe, the Izmir State Symphony Orchestra is enthusiastically supported by many fans and now recognized as the best orchestra?proud of its large repertoire,in particular, Mahler's symphonies?in the Mediterranean Region.
Since 2001, Osawa has served as Music Director of the Yoshida Tadashi Memorial Orchestra? founded to commemorate Tadashi Yoshida and the only one orchestra performing light classical music and Pops in Japan?and has been broadening his artistic expertise energetically.