Yutaka Sado is the Music and Artistic Director of the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich – one of the historical Vienne orchestras. Since 2005 Yutaka Sado is the Artistic Director of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center (HPAC), Japan and of the HPAC’s resident orchestra. He is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Filarmonica Teatro Regio Torino.
Critics have unanimously hailed Yutaka Sado as one of the most enthralling and charismatic conductors of the new generation. In May 2011 Sado made stunning debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Bavarian State Orchestra, and with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra for Mahler’s Third Symphony in a coproduction with Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Hyogo.
The long-time assistant of Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa was awarded the most important conductor’s prizes, e.g. the Premier Grand Prix at the 39th International Conducting Competition in Besançon and the Grand Prix du Concours International L. Bernstein Jerusalem. Sado’s strong ties to Leonard Bernstein led him to Bernstein’s Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo as ‚conductor in residence‘. As Artistic Director of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center and of the HPAC’s resident orchestra, he has made the concert hall one of the most important in Japan with approximately 70.000 subscribers. Sado’s degree of popularity in Japan is tremendous, especially due to his appearance as conductor and main host in the «Untitled Concert», the weekly TV program which was honored «the longest running TV program for classical music» by the Guinness World Records.
Yutaka Sado’s career is particularly developed in France, where he has been Principal Conductor of the Orchestre Lamoureux for almost 20 years. Yutaka Sado is also one of the favorite conductors of the Orchestre de Paris, of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and of the Orchestre National de France. He possibly is the only conductor who managed to conduct all ‚Big Four‘ orchestras in Paris in the frame of the same season. In Germany, a close collaboration with the DSO Berlin has developed. Alongside Sado has been guest conducting major German orchestras including the Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks München, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Radio Symphony Orchestras in Cologne (WDR), Stuttgart and Freiburg (SWR) and the Gürzenich Orchestra. In Italy he has conducted the orchestras of Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, the Teatro La Fenice, Venice and the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale. Sado made his US debut in January 2018, conducting the National Symphony Orchestra in a programme including Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 and Ravel’s Bolero.
CD-productions of Yutaka Sado and the DSO Berlin comprise recordings for AVEX with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsuji. Sado and Tsuji also produced the Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto with BBC Philharmonic. With the Orchestre Lamoureux he recorded music by Jacques Ibert (Naxos), by Ravel and Chabrier (Erato/Warner) and by Satie (Erato). Yutaka Sado also made three exclusive recordings with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Furthermore, he recorded opera arias with Karita Mattila and the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Erato-Warner).