Keitaro Harada Conductor
About Keitaro HaradaConductor Keitaro Haradamaintains a blossoming, international presence throughout North America, Asia, Mexico, and Europe. With ebullient charisma, proven artistic prowess, and passion for excellence, Harada fulfills a broad scope of musical collaboration via opera, symphonic and chamber works, pops, film scores, ballet, educational and outreach programming, and multi-disciplinary projects.
Harada’s credentials are exemplary. In his fourth season as Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops, Harada regularly assists Music Director Louis Langrée, conducts the CSO, POPS, and has assisted James Conlon and Juanjo Mena for the May Festival. He is a three-time recipient of The Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award (2016, 2015, 2014), Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview (2013), the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood Music Festival, and was a student of Lorin Maazel at Castleton Festival and Fabio Luisi at Pacific Music Festival. In 2018 and 2016, he was invited by Valery Gergiev to serve on the faculty of the Pacific Music Festival.
Harada’s symphonic guest debuts and re-engagement highlights include Osaka Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras, Siena Wind Orchestra, Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, Gunma Symphony Orchestra, and Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony and Tokyo Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Charlotte Symphony, Music in the Mountains Festival, Boise Philharmonic, West Virginia Symphony, South Bend Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Sierra Vista Symphony, and Orquesta Filarmónica de Sonora (México). This season, Keitaro returns to Indianapolis Symphony and Louisville Orchestra, leads The Nutcracker and world-premiere of Victoriafor Northern Ballet (Leeds, UK), and makes his first appearance with Evergreen Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan.
In the opera realm, Harada conducted Song from the Uproarfor Cincinnati Opera in 2017 and a run of Bizet’s Carmenfor Bulgaria’s Sofia National Opera and Ballet that reprises with a Japan tour in fall 2018. In past seasons and as Associate Conductor of Arizona Opera, he led productions of Don Pasquale, The Daughter of the Regiment, Tosca, and Carmen. As a 2010 Seiji Ozawa Fellow at Tanglewood, Harada conducted critically-acclaimed performances of Ariadne auf Naxos. In 2011, he made his professional opera-conducting debut leading Britten’s The Turn of the Screw for North Carolina Opera, where he returns in January 2019 for Carmen.
From 2014 to 2016, Harada held the position of Associate Conductor for Richmond Symphony and he served as Music Director of the Phoenix Youth Symphony from 2010 to 2014. Harada is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Mercer University. He was a James E. Rogers Institute for Orchestral and Opera Conducting Fellow at the University of Arizona, and is a native of Tokyo, Japan.