Kazushi Ono: Described as ‘one of the most fascinating musical minds of our era’ and ‘a phenomenon’ (Le Figaro) Kazushi Ono has held the position of Principal Conductor of the Opéra de Lyon since the start of the 08/09 season. His first season included new, award winning and critically acclaimed productions of Prokofiev’s The Gambler and Berg’s Lulu. Productions for the 09/10 season include Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and the world première of new work, Emilie, by Saariaho.
Kazushi Ono’s career has involved a number of high profile positions including Principal Conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra (1992 – 2001) and General Music Director of the Badisches Staatstheater (1996–2002). In 2002 Kazushi Ono succeeded Antonio Pappano as Music Director of La Monnaie, Brussels, where his debut production of Strauss' Elektra was described by the Suddeutsche Zeitung as ‘the miracle of Brussels’. He enjoyed six highly successful seasons at La Monnaie before moving to the Opéra de Lyon in September 2008. He is also Conductor Laureate of Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. These positions are testimony to the importance he places on devoting time to building foundations and forging strong relationships with orchestras.