2009年03月02日

English Profile

genda.jpgShigeo Genda (Conductor)

Born in Tokyo, Mr. Shigeo Genda began studying the cello with Katsuo Shimizu. He majored in conducting at the Tokyo Music College, studying under Yasuhiko Shiozawa and Sei-ichi Mitsuishi and, at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, under Kohtaro Satoh. In 1985, he was the recipient of Ataka Prize.

In 1986 he made opera debut conducting Hendel und Gretel with Nikikai Opera Foundation and continued to work with the company conducting Die Fledermaus and others while chalking up a track record in orchestral concerts.

In 1987 Genda was appointed conductor of the Japan Shinsei Symphony Orchestra. In 1988 he conducted the Dresdner Philharmonie in Japan as guest and major orchestras in Japan and overseas acquiring a good reputation.

He toured to Europe with the Japan Shinsei Symphony Orchestra in 1990, and studied at the Wiener Staatsoper at the government’s expense in the same year. In 1991 he conducted Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1992 he worked with the Prague National Opera as guest conductor on the company’s Japan tour. He made his debut at the subscription concert of the Prague Symphony Orchestra in the year. The next year’s “Shinobu Sato Recital” at the Prague Spring International Music Festival was broadcast in Europe with sensation. He often guests in Czech, Italy, Germany and others.

From 1996 he led the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra for 13 years making the orchestra take a great leap forward, and received the title of honorary conductor in April 2009 as recognition for his contribution to the orchestra. He has also conducted many other major orchestras with favorable receipts. Genda performed with the worldwide cellist Mustislav Rostropovich in December 2003, and in October 2004 at the concert to celebrate the empress’s 70th birthday.

Genda’s career as opera conductor includes Das Rheingold (1994), Die Walkure (1997), Ariadne auf Naxos (1998), The Tale of Himeji Castle (2002), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2008) with Kansai Nikikai; Die Csárdásfürstin (1996), Le Nozze di Figaro (1996), Die Zauberflöte (1996) with Tokyo Nikikai; Don Giovanni (1996) with Opera Training Course of Agency of Cultural Affairs; Japan tour of Shinobu Sato’s “Dramatic Recital”; Yuzuru in Tadzhikistan, Uzbekistan, and Tokyo (2001); and La Traviata with the Slovak National Opera in Blatislava in 2004 as well as on their Japan tour in October. Since 2002, as Music director of the opera project produced by Ken Nishikiori, Genda has conducted Cosi fan tutte (2004), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2004), Don Giovanni (2006), and L’elisir d’amore on Japan tour (2009). He also conducted Yuzuru of Tamiya Kuriyama’s production all over Japan in 2005 and 2008.

Genda is regularly invited to be a judge at the Antonio Pedrotti International conducting competition in Trento, Italy. He was a host of the NHK’s radio program “FM Symphony Concert” for 3 years from April 2000.


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