Kyoto, Japan, who attended Kyoto City University of Arts and Kyoto Horikawa Senior High School, and landed a job as an
assistant at Kansai Nikikai whilst completing his
studies. His stint with the
opera company allowed him the chance to learn about opera and work with the
Kyoto Symphony Orchestra and New Japan Philharmonic.
participated in the Tanglewood Music Festival in
the United States
in 1987 and furthered his studies with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. It must have paid off. He went on to win the Davidoff
Special Prize in a competition hosted by Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
He went on a tour
of Germany and the
former Soviet Union with Bernstein and
assisted Ozawa in his conductorship of the New Japan Philharmonic
Orchestra, with whom he made his professional debut.
In 1989, he made
his international debut when he won the blue ribbon at the International
Besancon Competition for Young Conductors, held in Besancon, France. Back in his homeland, he became a
resident conductor at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, along with luminaries such as Christoph Eschenbach and
Michael Tilson Thomas.
He visited France in
1993, where he worked briefly with the Orchestra of Bordeaux-Aquitaine,
attracting the notice of Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, who asked him to be their guest
conductor. After receiving rave
reviews for one of their concerts, they appointed him Principal Conductor.
In 1995, he won
the Leonard Bernstein Jerusalem International Music Competition and was
named “Musical Revelation of the Year” by the Syndicate of
Professional Drama and Music Critics in Paris, France.
It did not
take long for Yutaka to develop an international reputation. On 31st October 2001, he
conducted the Rai National Symphony Orchestra and
soloist Leonidas Kavakos
in a performance of Alban Berg’s “Concerto for Violin and
Orchestra” in Torino,
He led the Inagakuen Wind Orchestra and Siena Wind Orchestra in a
concert that included Alfred Reed’s “Armenian Dances” and
John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” and
co-founded the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in 2005.
In 2006, he
and Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux
appeared on the album, Bedtime
Beats: The Secret to Sleep. Less sleep-inducing was his
recording of Dvorak: From the New World with the
Berlin Philharmonic in 2008.
November 2009, he was back in Torino for an
eclectic concert that comprised Benjamin Britten’s “Four Sea
Interludes, Op. 33a”, Gabriel Faure’s Pelleas et Melisande, Op, 80, and Danny Elfman’s “The Simpsons Theme”. It must have been a portent of
things to come, because he was back at Teatro Regio di Torino for a
mounting of Peter Grimes by
Britten in 2010.
Yutaka is also
a TV star: In Japan, he hosts Untitled Concert, the
longest-running classical music program on television, according to the
Guinness Book of World Records.
Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux recordings
Bacchanale (Jacques Ibert)
Conductor – Yutaka Sado
Escales; Divertissement; Symphonie marine; Bacchanale;
Ouverture de fete)