Sapporo Symphony Orchestra


Conductors/Players/Directors/StaffAbout SSO

Kentaro KAWASEResident Conductor

Kentaro KAWASE © Y.Fujii

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).
Currently Kawase is the Resident Conductor of the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, Permanent Conductor of Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa and Goodwill Ambassador of Inabe-city, Mie.
(as of April 2024)