Sapporo Symphony Orchestra


Conductors/Players/Directors/StaffAbout SSO

Kentaro KAWASEResident Conductor

Kentaro KAWASE © Yoshinori Kurosawa

Born in Tokyo in 1984 and graduated with a degree in conducting from the Tokyo College of Music in 2007, having studied under Junichi Hirokami, Yasuhiko Shiozawa and others. Was awarded 2nd place (which was the highest level with no 1st place) at the Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting in 2006, and since then KAWASE has received invitations to conduct Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra among others. He was also the assistant conductor of Pacific Music Festival (2007~2009). Kawase is the Resident Conductor of the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra from April 2022 and will be Artistic Director of the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra from April 2023.
(as of December 2022)