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Encyclopedia > Morihiko Nakahara
Morihiko Nakahara

Morihiko Nakahara (born November 28, 1975) is a Japanese conductor. November 28 is the 332nd day (333rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... A conductor conducting a band at a ceremony A conductors score and batons Conducting is the act of directing a musical performance by way of visible gestures. ...

Born in Kagoshima, Japan, Nakahara is the Associate Conductor of the Spokane Symphony. Nakahara received a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Rodney Winther. In 1998 he received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with distinction from Andrews University. He has done additional conducting studies with Larry Rachleff, Mark Gibson, Jerry Junkin, and Alan Mitchell. Kagoshima (鹿児島市; -shi) the capital city of Kagoshima Prefecture at the southwest tip of the Kyushu island of Japan. ... The Spokane Symphony is a seventy-piece orchestra based in Spokane, WA that performs more than sixty concerts per year for more that 150,000 listeners. ... The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music is the performing arts college of the University of Cincinnati. ... Andrews University is a Seventh-day Adventist university in Berrien Springs, Michigan. ...

Nakahara is known for his charismatic presence both on and off the podium, innovative and audience-friendly programming skills, and thoughtful interpretations of both standard and new repertoire. Widely regarded as an emerging talent among the younger generation of conductors, Nakahara was featured in the American Symphony Orchestra League’s National Conductor Preview in March 2005.

An advocate of new music, Nakahara has collaborated with and garnered praise from such notable contemporary composers as Steve Reich, Michael Torke, Augusta Read Thomas, Azio Corghi, Menachem Zur, and Yasuhide Ito. Stephen Michael Reich (born October 3, 1936) is an American composer. ... American composer Michael Torke (born September 21, 1961 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin), studied at the Eastman School of Music and at Yale University, and writes accessible music influenced by jazz and minimalism. ... Augusta Read Thomas (born 1964) is a composer. ... Azio Corghi (9 March 1937 – is an Italian opera composer, also a teacher and musicologist. ...

Acclaimed as a versatile artist and a passionate believer in music education for all ages, Nakahara regularly appears on Classics, Casual Classics, and Symphony on the Edge series and was recently appointed as artistic director of both SuperPops series as well as educational and outreach concerts with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has been a popular clinician, guest conductor, and speaker at various educational institutions throughout the Inland Northwest.

Nakahara currently is music director and conductor of the Holland Symphony Orchestra in Holland, Michigan. The 2006-2007 season marks his last season with the Holland Symphony Orchestra.

In the 2006-07 season, Nakahara will be known for holding the Bruno Walter Associate Conductor Chair. Nakahara is one of two chosen for this award. Bruno Walter (September 15, 1876 – February 17, 1962) was a German-born conductor and composer. ...

In addition to his duties with the Spokane Symphony, Nakahara is the director of the Eastern Washington University Orchestras. Eastern Washington University is a public comprehensive state university located in Cheney and Spokane, Washington. ...

External Links

Mr. Morihiko Nakahara Official Website
Bruno Walter Grant Program

Preceded by
Mihai Craioveanu
Music Director, Holland Symphony Orchestra
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Fabio Costa
Associate Conductor, Spokane Symphony
Succeeded by



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