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Posted on April 9, 2021

Fabio Luisi appointed as Chief Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo from 2022/23 season

The NHK Symphony Orchestra is to have Fabio Luisi, actively conducting in Europe and the US, as its Chief Conductor from September 2022.


With his vast repertoire ranging from the classical period through to contemporary works, Maestro Luisi has guest-conducted world renowned orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Orkest Amsterdam, the Münchner Philharmoniker and the London Symphony Orchestra.


He has had close associations with renowned opera houses around the world such as the Metropolitan Opera (Principal Conductor), the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Sächsische Staatsoper (General Music Director). Such experience has contributed to his meticulous music making in orchestral ensemble, thus fascinating audiences.


Maestro Luisi first stepped onto the NHK Symphony Orchestra podium in July 2001, conducting Bruckner Symphony No.7. On that occasion, he exhibited his brilliant conducting technique and unrestrained sensibility to capture the hearts of the audience, leaving a strong impression of his distinct and refined performance on listeners’ minds.


The contract is for three years starting in September 2022. Prior to assuming the position, he has been scheduled to conduct Beethoven 9th Symphony concerts in December 2021 when he is expected to draw a new charm of the NHK Symphony Orchestra with his unique musicality which combines both the dignified and passionate side with the delicate and genuine side. We hope that those who love classical music will feel the NHK Symphony Orchestra’s "new aspect of music" under the baton of Maestro Luisi through television and radio in addition to our concerts.



Fabio Luisi, Conductor

Fabio Luisi, Conductor

Fabio Luisi hails from Genoa. He is the general music director of the Opernhaus Zürich (terminating in season 2020-2021) and the principal conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. He has taken up the music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since July, 2020. From 2011-2017, Fabio Luisi was principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and from 2005-2013 principal conductor of the Wiener Symphoniker, as well as general music director of the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Sächsische Staatsoper (2007-2010), artistic director and principal conductor of the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig (1999-2007), and music director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (1997-2002). He is music director of the Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca (Apulia) and has appeared as guest conductor with numerous renowned ensembles, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo, the Münchener Philharmoniker, the Filarmonica della Scala, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Orkest Amsterdam, and the Saito Kinen Orchestra, as well as with various prominent opera orchestras. He appeared at the Salzburg Festival with performances of Richard Strauss’ Die Liebe der Danae and Die Ägyptische Helena. His most important appearances at the Opernhaus Zürich include, among others, the new productions of three Bellini operas, as well as Rigoletto, Fidelio, Wozzeck and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem. Important CD recordings include Verdi’s Aroldo, Bellini’s I puritani and I Capuleti e i Montecchi, and the complete symphonies of Robert Schumann, as well as the symphonies and the oratorio Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln by Franz Schmidt, the largely forgotten Austrian composer. In addition, he has recorded various symphonic poems by Richard Strauss, and a lauded reading of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 with the Staatskapelle Dresden. His recordings of Siegfried and Götterdämmerung with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra won Grammy awards. He received the Premio Franco Abbiati, the coveted Italian critics’ prize, in 2013, and in 2014 won the Grifo d’Oro from the city of Genoa. He was awarded the Anton Bruckner Ring by the Wiener Symphoniker, and named both Cavalier of the Italian Republic and Commendatore della Stella d’Italia. The «Philharmonia Records» recording label, founded by the Philharmonia Zürich in 2015, has issued CD recordings of works by Berlioz, Wagner, Verdi, Rachmaninov, Bruckner, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Frank Martin under Fabio Luisi’s musical director, as well as DVD records of Rigoletto (stage direction: Tatjana Gürbaca), Wozzeck (stage direction: Andreas Homoki), I Capuleti e i Montecchi (stage direction: Christof Loy), the Messa da Requiem (stage direction /choreography: Christian Spuck), and Das Land des Lächelns (stage direction: Andreas Homoki).