Yasuo Shinozaki

Chief Conductor
Shizuoka Symphony Orchestra


In a remarkably short time, Yasuo Shinozaki has acquired a truly international reputation for his emotionally direct style of music making and his musical knowledge. Born in Japan, he studied in Vienna, Siena and the United States under Leopold Hager, Myung-Whun Chung, Seiji Ozawa and Bernard Haitink. Yasuo Shinozaki first came to prominence on the international scene in Finland, winning the Second International Sibelius Conducting Competition in 2000. He then spent three successful years as Assistant Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he conducted an unprecedented number of concerts and engaged in the education and community events and the LA Philharmonic New Music Group.

Having been immediately re-invited to conduct the Helsinki Philharmonic after the Sibelius Competition, Yasuo Shinozaki established a strong career in Finland. He regularly conducts the Helsinki Philharmonic, as well as the Turku Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic and Tapiola Sinfonietta. Yasuo was Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Kymi Sinfonietta in Finland from 2007-2014.

Elsewhere in Europe, Yasuo Shinozaki’s recent engagements include performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic. Other orchestras which have engaged him in recent years include the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio, Württembergischer Philharmonic, Swedish Radio, Vasteras Sinfonietta, Norrlands Symphony, Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra and BIT20 Ensemble. Yasuo Shinozaki has also established a great reputation in South Africa, conducting the Cape Philharmonic, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Alongside his accomplishments in Europe, Yasuo Shinozaki has also scored notable success in his homeland. He has been a chief conductor of Shizuoka Symphony orchestra since September 2015. Yasuo Shinozaki has also developed his opera conducting with works such as Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and, with the Philippine Opera Company, Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.

A strong proponent of a wide range of repertoire, Yasuo Shinozaki is a keen supporter of contemporary works. His programmes often fuse cultures, from east and west, encompassing works from Mozart, Mahler and Stravinsky to Takemitsu and John Adams. He has given numerous premières throughout his career, including works by Karen Tanaka and Osvaldo Golijov in Finland.

Yasuo Shinozaki has also made a number of recordings, including Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder with the BBC Scottish Symphony and Christianne Stotijn, which was featured on the cover of BBC Music Magazine, and works by Rózsa and Korngold with the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker and Matthew Trusler, which received five stars in BBC Music Magazine.