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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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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 Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He has appeared as guest conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the ...more

Age: Died at 76 (1938-2014)

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Chiaki Murakawa


Chiaki Murakawa is an orchestra conductor. ...more

Birthplace: Yamagata, Japan

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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 Principal Conductor of Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and Japan Shinsei Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of Takefu International Music Festival, Music Director of Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Principal Guest Conductor of Lviv State Opera and Ballet, Associate Conductor of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Exxon/Arts Endowment Conductor of Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. He ...more

Age: 60


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 Koussevitzky Prize in 1980. He also studied under Bernstein as a conducting fellow at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. Oue became Music Director of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras in 1982, a post he held until 1989. He was music director of the Erie Philharmonic from 1990 to 1995. He has also served as associate conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. From 1995 to 2002, ...more

Age: 60

Birthplace: Hiroshima, Japan

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