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Permanent Conductor, Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Laureate, Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Laureate, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Laureate, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra
Principal Guest Conductor, Kyushu Symphony Orchestra
Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi is one of Japan’s most well known conductors. Currently, he regularly conducts concerts by the Arnhem Philharmonic and Czech Philharmonic Orchestras. Among the many other orchestras he has appeared with are the Slovak Philharmonic, Budapest Philharmonic, Amsterdam Philharmonic, Neterland Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic, and NHK Symphony Orchestras. He has also conducted the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestras on their European tours.
Kobayashi has released numerous recordings from Canyon Classics and Octavia Records. He is currently recording the complete Beethoven symphonies with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, and has previously released a CD of the 3rd Symphony and another of the 2nd and 5th Symphonies.
Kobayashi received a commission to compose a work in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Holland and Japan in 2000. It was first performed in Amsterdam with the Netherlands Philharmonic in the fall of 1999, to a sold-out hall, and received a standing ovation. In May 2002, he conducted the very successful opening concert of the Prague Spring Festival, the complete “Ma Vlast” (My Homeland).
Ken-ichiro Kobayashi studied composition and conducting at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. In 1974, he received both the first prize and the special award at the first International Conductors’ Competition of Hungarian Television in Budapest. He received the Liszt Memorial Decoration in 1986, and in 1994 he received the Hungarian Order of Culture and the “Middle Cross with the Star” decoration from the Hungarian government.
He is also a professor at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts.