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Ryusuke Numajiri


Ryusuke Numajiri is currently the Artistic Director of Biwako Hall, Chief Conductor of the Gunma Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Century Orchestra, Osaka and Music Director of the Tokyo Mozart Players.

Since winning the 40th Besanşon International Conducting Competition in 1990, he has been invited to lead many of the world's foremost orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulous, Ensemble Orchestre de Paris, Deutsches Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Duesseldorf Symphony Orchestra, Staadtskapelle Darmstad, Staadtskapelle Weimar, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra.  In 1999, EMI recorded his performance of Gubaidulina's The Canticle of the Sun with the London Symphony Orchestra and Mstislav Rostropovich as soloist.

Mr Numajiri has a particular interest in introducing contemporary repertoire to audiences.  This passion has led him to conduct the Japan premieres of Philip Glass' Peace Symphony, Busoni's Piano Concerto and Doktor Faustus, Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg, Takemitsu's Spectral Canticle, as well as works by Messiaen, Andriessen, Gecki, Ligeti, Lutoslawski, Berio, Dutilleux, Xenakis, Birtwistle, Matthews, Rott and Ichiro Nodaira.  His tour with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra in 2004, bringing Takemitsu's Ceremonial and Messiaen's Turangalila Symphonie to European audiences, received great critical acclaim.  In March 2006, he conducted the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin in a memorial concert for Takemitsu on the 10th anniversary of the composer's death.

Since making his debut as an opera conductor in October 1997, he has led performances of Le nozze di Figaro, Carmen and Tosca at the New National Theatre Tokyo, Don Carlo at Innsbruck Tyrol Theatre and Jonny spielt auf at Cologne Opera. 

He recently made his debut at Komische Oper, Berlin with Don Giovanni and conducted Madama Butterfly at the Sydney Opera House (for Opera Australia) in 2012.

His discography includes the Gubaidulina Concerto for Cello with the London Symphony Orchestra and Mstislav Rostropovich for EMI Classics and works by Toru Takemitsu with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra for Denon (3CDs), Messiaen's Turangalila with Japan Philharmonic, Mahler’s 7th Symphony with Tokyo Philharmonic, Mendelssohn’s 2nd Lobgesang with Century Orchestra Osaka, Beethoven Symphonies with Tokyo Mozart Players for Exton and Japanese Orchestral Favourites with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra for Naxos.

Ryusuke Numajiri currently resides in Lübeck and Tokyo.