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List of notable or famous conductors from Japan, with bios and photos, including the top conductors born in Japan and even some popular conductors who immigrated to Japan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Japanese conductors then this list is the perfect resource for you. These conductors are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known conductor from Japan is included when available.

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This historic conductors from Japan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Japanese conductors of note?" and "Who are the most famous conductors from Japan?" These prominent conductors of Japan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Japanese conductors.

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Akira Endo was a Japanese-American conductor and music educator. He studied violin and conducting at the University of Southern California where he earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree. Maestro Endo held conducting posts with the American Ballet Theatre, Westside Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony ...more

Age: Died at 76 (1938-2014)

Profession: Conductor

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Chiaki Murakawa


Chiaki Murakawa is an orchestra conductor. ...more

Birthplace: Yamagata, Japan

Profession: Conductor

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Chosei Komatsu


Chosei Komatsu is a Japanese conductor who, from 2003-2010, was Artistic Director of Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica. Also, after five years as Music Director of Japan’s Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra, he assumed the title of Conductor Laureate. Komatsu previously held the posts of ...more

Age: 57

Profession: Conductor


Eiji Oue is a Japanese conductor. Oue began his conducting studies with Hideo Saito of the Toho Gakuen School of Music. In 1978, Seiji Ozawa invited him to spend the summer studying at the Tanglewood Music Center. While there, he met Leonard Bernstein, who became a mentor. Oue won the Tanglewood ...more

Age: 58

Birthplace: Hiroshima, Japan

Profession: Conductor, Teacher

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