► Biography: Kent Nagano has established an international reputation as one of the most insightful and visionary interpreters of both the operatic and symphonic repertoire. In addition to his position as Music Director of the OSM, Kent Nagano is also Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and General Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Hamburg State Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra. Born in California, Kent Nagano spent his early professional years in Boston, working in the Opera House and as Assistant Conductor to Seiji Ozawa at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. As a much sought-after guest conductor, Maestro Nagano has worked with many of the world’s finest orchestras and leading opera houses. He has garnered multiple awards for his recordings, including two Grammys, and most recently the Echo Klassik, the Diapason d’Or, and a Juno for the OSM’s recording of Ibert and Honneger’s L’Aiglon with the DECCA label. Kent Nagano is a Grand Officer of the Order of Québec, a Commander of the Order of Montreal, and has been awarded Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun. He holds honorary Doctorates from both McGill University and the Université de Montréal.
► La Mission de Kent Nagano: Kent Nagano was largely influenced by music as a child, and developed his passion early in life. This passion has guided his entire career. He seeks to transmit the same enthusiasm to all audiences by creating opportunities to foster new talent and share his love for music. The documentary The Mission of Kent Nagano retraces his childhood in Morro Bay and explores the preschool program “Music to children” that he initiated in a public school, Montreal North. It then follows him to Hamburg where he directs a breathtaking performance of La Flûte Enchantée, accompanied by young musicians with a rigor that matched the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance at the G20 Summit.