A Profile of the Chief Conductor, Masahito Osada

Born in 1962 in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan.

He studied conducting at the Tokyo College of Music and the Toho Gakuen School of Music under Seiji Ozawa, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Tadaaki Otaka, Kazue Kamiya and Olav Koch. He also studied piano under Keiko Morita, Michiko Sase, Masae Kiryu, musicology under Reiko Arima, and bassoon under Yoshihide Kiryu and Hitomi Sugawara.

In 1990 he studied in Vienna. He took the master class "Music in the 20th Century" held in Mürzzuschlag in Austria, and conducted Mürztaler Kammerensemble. There he studied under Prof. K. Österreicher and R. Schuhmacher.

After returning to Japan in 1991, he conducted the Tokyo Chamber Opera, the Opera "Wakahime", the Gunma Symphony Orchestra as an assistant conductor, and the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra as a guest conductor. In March 1994, he won the prize at the 8th International Competition for Young Musicians held in Douai, France (the first year of it's conductors' competition).

Now he actively conducts many orchestras, such as the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, NOP (New Opera Production), the Setagaya Philharmonic, the Tokyo Chamber Opera, the Tokyo Academy Chorus and other local orchestras in Japan.

In 1998 he was appointed as the chief conductor of the Orchestra "Do Svidanya".

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