“Watanabe’s strongest suit is the elegant lyricism with which he infuses long musical lines.”
Robert Markow, Bachtrack
Kensho Watanabe is currently Assistant Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra and was the inaugural conducting fellow of the Curtis Institute of Music from 2013 to 2015, under the mentorship of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. In April 2017, he made his critically acclaimed subscription debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra with pianist, Daniil Trifonov, and recently conducted the Orchestra for his debut at the Bravo! Vail Festival and concerts at the Mann and Saratoga Performing Arts Centres.
Recent highlights have included his debuts with the Houston Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic and his Japanese debut at the Matsumoto Festival. Highlights of the 2018-19 season include his debuts with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Detroit Symphony and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, plus a return visit to the Orchestre Metropoltain in Montreal. He will also return to the podium in Philadelphia to conduct three subscription concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra in January 2019.
Equally at home in both symphonic and operatic repertoire, Mr. Watanabe has led numerous operas with the Curtis Opera Theatre, most recently Puccini’s La Rondine in 2017 and La bohème in 2015. Additionally, he served as assistant conductor to Mr. Nézet-Séguin on a new production of Strauss’s Elektra at Montreal Opera.
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Kensho Watanabe conducts Korngold’s Violin Concerto with Hyun Jae Lim and the Philadelphia Orchestra, November […]
Kensho Watanabe conducts Saint Saëns Organ Symphony Finale with the Philadelphia Orchestra, November 2017.