Conductor Keitaro Harada continues to be recognized at the highest levels for his artistic abilities and passion for musical excellence. As a recipient of The Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award (2014 and 2015), Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview (2013), the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood Music Festival, a student of Lorin Maazel at Castleton Festival and Fabio Luisi at Pacific Music Festival, Harada’s credentials are exemplary.
Currently in his first season as Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra, Harada regularly assists Music Director Louis Langrée and conducts the Cincinnati Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, and World Piano Competition, as well as assists James Conlon for the May Festival. Keitaro also holds the positions of Associate Conductor of the Arizona Opera and Associate Conductor of the Richmond Symphony.
With a growing schedule as a guest conductor, the coming season holds several high profile engagements including the 2016 Pacific Music Festival by invitation of Valery Gergiev, his conducting debut with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra in the fall, and the world premiere performances of Riders of the Purple Sage for Arizona Opera in 2017.
A native of Tokyo, Japan, Harada is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Mercer University. He completed his formal conducting training at University of Arizona with Thomas Cockrell and Charles Bontrager.
Harada’s general manager is JEJ Artists. Engagements in Asia are managed by Japan Arts. www.kharada.com