(ANSA) – ROME, NOVEMBER 23 – Japanese conductor Kazuki Yamada returns to Santa Cecilia, where he made his debut a year ago. The maestro, born in 1979, will take the podium of the Ennio Morricone Auditorium Parco della Musica on November 25th at 8.30pm (repeats on the 26th and 27th at 6pm) to conduct the Orchestra and Chorus of the National Academy in the Fifth Symphony of Franz Schubert, composed in 1816 when the author was then only nineteen years old, and in Felix Mendelssohn’s Second Symphony “Lobgesang”, performed for the first time in Leipzig in 1840.
The solo parts in Mendelssohn’s symphony will be interpreted by the South African soprano Masabane Cecilia Rangwansaha, by the Swedish mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg, one of the most successful and loved singers of her generation and a regular guest at the Academy, and by the German tenor Werner Güra, supported by the trained choir by Piero Monti.
Freshly appointed as Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – effective Spring 2023 – and currently Chief and Artistic Director of the Orchester Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Yamada has collaborated with the world’s greatest orchestras, including, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchester de Paris, the Orchester National de Radio France, and with soloists of the caliber of Krystian Zimerman, Emmanuel Ax, Boris Berezovsky, Håkan Hardenberger, Martin Helmchen, Sergey Khachatryan, Jean- Yves Thibaudet and Frank Peter Zimmermann. Kazuki Yamada has built a deep bond with the musicians of the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra since his appointment as principal guest conductor of the orchestra in 2018. Born in Kanagawa, the maestro continues to work and perform in Japan as permanent conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. Having lived in Japan for most of his life, he now resides in Berlin.
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