Ozawa, Seiji

Ozawa, Seiji

(sā`jē ōzä`wä), 1935–, Japanese conductor, b. Japanese-occupied Manchuria. A graduate of the Toho School of Music, Ozawa, who was the first Japanese conductor to gain recognition in the West, won competitions in Europe and the United States and was hired (1961) by the New York Philharmonic as an assistant conductor. He was director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (1965–70) and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra (1970–73) before he served as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for almost thirty years, from 1973 to 2002. He left Boston to become principal conductor (2002–10) of the Vienna State Opera. Interested in performing unfamiliar works, Ozawa is noted for the breadth of his repertoire and the clarity, sensitivity, and precision of his technique.

Bibliography

See Ozawa (documentary, 1985).

Ozawa, Seiji

(1935–  ) conductor; born in Hoten, China. Of Japanese descent, he trained in Japan, Paris, and the U.S.A. He conducted the Toronto and San Francisco Symphonies before beginning in 1973 his long tenure as conductor of the Boston Symphony.