Ozawa, Seiji

Ozawa, Seiji sā´jē ōzä´wä [key], 1935–, Japanese conductor, b. Japanese-occupied Manchuria. A graduate of the Toho School of Music, Ozawa, who was the first Japanese conductor to gain recognition in the West, won competitions in Europe and the United States and was hired (1961) by the New York Philharmonic as an assistant conductor. He was director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (1965–70) and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra (1970–73) before he served as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for almost thirty years, from 1973 to 2002. He left Boston to become principal conductor (2002–10) of the Vienna State Opera. Interested in performing unfamiliar works, Ozawa is noted for the breadth of his repertoire and the clarity, sensitivity, and precision of his technique.

See Ozawa (documentary, 1985).

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