Kazuki Yamada is Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, an appointment which followed his sensational debut with the orchestra in June 2010, one of his first appearances in Europe. Now rapidly establishing a name for himself on the international scene, Yamada is appearing regularly as a guest with such orchestras as Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonia Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Dresden Philharmonic, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orquesta Sinfonica y Coro de RTVE, and Tonkünstler-Orchester at the Vienna Musikverein.
Kazuki Yamada is also Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, starting in the 2014/2015 season.
In Japan, he holds the positions of Principal Conductor of Japan Philharmonic, Music Partner with Sendai Philharmonic and Ensemble Orchestral Kanzawa and Music Director of Yokohama Sinfonietta, an ensemble he founded whilst still a student. Strongly supported by Seiji Ozawa, in August 2012 he conducted Xenakis’ opera Oresteia with Tokyo Sinfonietta, as well as a televised semi-staged production of Honegger’s Jeanne d´Arc au bûcher, with Saito-Kinen Orchestra.
Following an extensive tour to Japan and the Far East with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in summer 2014, Yamada returns to many of his regular orchestras in the 2014/15 season, and makes debut appearances with Helsinki Philharmonic, SWR Stuttgart, Orchestre National de Lyon and his USA debut with Utah Symphony Orchestra. The Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc project will be revived by Yamada with Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and in Côme de Bellescize’s staged version at the new Philharmonie hall in Paris, with Orchestre de Paris. The character of Joan of Arc will be performed by the French actress Marion Cotillard.
Soloists with whom he is working include Emmanuel Ax, Boris Berezovsky, Leon Fleischer, Håkan Hardenberger, Nobuko Imai, Daishin Kashimoto, Daniel Müller-Schott, Xavier de Maistre, Steven Osborne, Vadim Repin, Baiba Skride, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Daniil Trifonov and Alexander Kniazev.
Over 2013—2015, Kazuki Yamada and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande are releasing a series of 3 CDs inspired by dance, on the Pentatone label. Furthermore, a disc of works by Glazunov, Kalinnikov and Khatchaturian with Czech Philharmonic was released with Octavia Records during the 13/14 season. Passionate about choral repertoire, Yamada is Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus’s Music Director and the chorus has released ten CDs on Fontec.
Now resident in Berlin, Yamada was born in Kanagawa, Japan, in 1979. In 2009 he was the winner of the 51st Besancon International Competition for Young Conductors, receiving the Audience Award as well as the Grand Prize.