AZ Opera’s Kei Harada Wins National Conductor Preview

 Keitaro Harada Chosen to Lead the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra at the League’s 2013 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview
Highly Anticipated Biennial Industry Showcase To Take Place March 13, 2013 in Jacksonville, FL
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[Phoenix, Arizona] (January 29, 2013) – Arizona Opera’s Assistant Conductor, Keitaro Harada is one of six emerging conductors who will lead the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra at the 2013 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview. The League of American Orchestra’s prestigious conducting showcase is scheduled for Wednesday, March 13, 2013.  This industry event, which takes place every other year in partnership with a League member orchestra, brings highly talented rising conductors to the attention of American orchestra leaders.
Keitaro Harada is increasingly recognized as a conducting luminary of the next generation. A student of Lorin Maazel at Castleton Festival, recipient of the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood Music Festival, and student of Fabio Luisi at Pacific Music Festival Conducting Academy, Harada’s credentials are exemplary. As Assistant Conductor for Arizona Opera, Harada made his conducting debut of Tosca in January 2013. He is also Music Director for Phoenix Youth Symphony, an organization internationally recognized as one of the premiere youth orchestras in the United States.

In 2012, Harada was a semi-finalist at the 9th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors in Poland and also participated in the National Music Festival in Maryland. He made his conducting debut with Portland Symphony and led the Tucson Symphony’s new series at the Fox Theatre that continues throughout 2013. In 2011, Harada was one of ten semi-finalists invited by Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony to participate in the First Chicago Symphony Orchestra Solti International Conducting Competition and he made his professional opera debut with North Carolina Opera for Britten’s Turn of the Screw.

The other Preview conductors are Joshua David Gersen, music director, New York Youth Symphony and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Conducting Fellow, New World Symphony and music director, Phoenix Youth Symphony; Gavriel Heine, staff conductor, Mariinsky Theatre (Russia) and music director, Northern Lights Festival Opera (Minnesota); Vladimir Kulenovic, associate conductor, Utah Symphony | Utah Opera; Sameer Patel, assistant conductor, Fort Wayne Philharmonic; and Benjamin Rous, associate conductor, Virginia Symphony. The six winners were chosen from a pool of more than 90 applicants, and were selected for their experience, talent, potential, and commitment to assume a greater leadership role with an American orchestra.

“With this showcase the League is providing orchestras with an efficient way to identify talented conductors and perhaps discover their next music director or staff conductor,” says Jesse Rosen, League President and CEO.  “It’s an exciting experience as well as a valuable service.”

About the 2013 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview in Jacksonville:

On March 13, 2013, the six conductors will lead the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra before an audience of music director search committee members, artistic administrators and artist managers and agents from across the country. Each participant will have forty minutes of podium time, enabling orchestra officials and managers to witness rehearsal techniques and abilities. The League also facilitates meetings between the conductors and prospective employers.

History of the Program

Since 1995, 75 conductors have been showcased in The Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview; more than 50 orchestras have engaged these conductors for various appointments as a direct result of the Preview.  Past conductors have included Carlos Miguel Prieto, music director of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the YOA Orchestra of the Americas; Mei-Ann Chen, music director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Sinfonietta; Giancarlo Guerrero, music director of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra; and Laura Jackson, music director of the Reno Philharmonic.

The Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview is made possible by generous grants from The Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Arizona Opera is Arizona’s only professional opera company, which produces fully-staged opera performances, concerts, in-school touring productions, educational and outreach programs that reach over 70,000 school-children and adults annually. Founded in 1971, Arizona Opera is one of the only opera company in the United States to serve multiple cities. To learn more about the 2013–14 season, including cast lists, click here or visit For interviews and additional images, please contact Kate Crowley at

The League of American Orchestras leads, supports, and champions America’s orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. Its diverse membership of more than 800 orchestras across North America runs the gamut from world-renowned symphonies to community groups, from summer festivals to student and youth ensembles. The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a nexus of knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement for managers, musicians, volunteers, and boards. Its conferences and events, award-winning Symphony magazine, website, and other publications inform music lovers around the world about orchestral activity and developments. Founded in 1942 and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League links a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers, and business partners. Visit


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