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...with Jacob Druckman’s “Aureole” (1979), a score rich in hazy mystery and textural allure, qualities that Keitaro Harada had no trouble coaxing from the orchestra.

ALLAN KOZINN | NEW YORK TIMES

Der junge Japaner Keitaro Harada dirigierte das gut vorbereitete Orchester der Nationaloper Sofia mit großem Engagement und Temperament.
(The young Japanese Keitaro Harada conducted the well-prepared orchestra of the Sofia National Opera with great commitment and temperament.)

KLAUS BILLAND | DER OPERNFREUND

Harada’s command of the score was total, from the uncommonly beautiful legato and sweep of the opening orchestral phrases, hinting at the inspired, ecstatic melodies created by the character known as the Composer, to the carefully controlled climaxes of the final duet, in which Ariadne and Bacchus join in uncomprehending ecstasy.

JUDITH MALAFRONTE | OPERA NEWS

The performance was precisely led by Keitaro Harada.

JANELLE GELFAND | CINCINNATI ENQUIRER

Harada showed that he is a skilled sound-painter in the first three interludes: “Dawn,” “Sunday Morning” and “Moonlight.” In the fourth, “The Storm,” he was able to cut loose with a demonstration of raw power. The conductor didn’t neglect to bring out subtleties in the music, including an evocation of mist and sea-spray and even a few rays of sun trying to poke through the storm clouds. The core appeal of “The Storm,” however, is the ferocious, blasting tempest depicted with uncanny accuracy. Harada whipped the SBSO into a howling force of nature, providing the evening’s first heart-pounding thrills.

JACK WALTON | SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE

...fast-becoming one of the most talked-about young conductors in the U.S.
世界で最も話題になっている若手指揮者の1人

BROADWAY WORLD | ブロードウェイ・ワールド誌

シンシナティを拠点にさらなる高みへ

音楽の友

From the moment guest conductor Keitaro Harada’s baton came down on the Boise Philharmonic Saturday night, you could feel the electricity in the air. It was going to be a special night... as a cheering crowd, multiple curtain calls and a packed after-party attest to, Harada will be hard to top.

DANA OLAND | IDAHO STATESMAN

For the final four or five minutes of the 35-minute performance, the whole orchestra seemed on the verge of leaping out of their seats and breaking into one giant dance party. Harada was at the podium, bouncing on the balls of his toes, flailing his arms in time to Bizet's racing score. The Cincinnati Symphony associate conductor, leading without a score, pointed to his left and the violins came to life.

CATHALENA E. BURCH | ARIZONA DAILY STAR

Harada made the climaxes awe-inspiring. The audience gave the performance an extended standing ovation even though it was just the end of the first half of the concert.

DAVID WILLIAMS | CHARLESTON GAZETTE

Conductor Keitaro Harada gave a balanced reading of the score that had a lucidity of musical detail and a good helping of emotional tension. He gave every phrase its proper shape and drew especially fine playing from the orchestra in the delightful entr'acte that opens the third act.

MARIA NOCKIN | OPERA TODAY

The music was breathtaking with each note of the orchestra perfectly coordinated with the action on the stage. Each orchestral overture induced goosebumps in every audience member, and the playing helped set the stage for Carmen's dramatic and captivating story.

KINCAID RABB | ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT

He’s a supertalent. Catch all of his performances while he is in Richmond. You won’t be disappointed.

TOM SILVESTRI | RICHMOND TMES DISPATCH

Right from the opening notes of the overture, the audience knew that conductor Keitaro Harada was putting his individual stamp on this piece. He combined Donizetti’s delightful melodies with dramatic musical coherence. His dynamic range was huge and he kept the playing transparent so that listeners heard all the melodic strands in the fabric of the score.

MARIA NOCKIN | OPERA TODAY

Harada was welcomed to the podium with a clatter of stamping feet from the orchestra, who played their hearts out for him and cheered him again at the end.

ELI NEWBERGER | BOSTON MUSICAL INTELLIGENCER

Everything about Arizona Opera’s production clicked, from the chorus, which never ceases to delight; to the orchestra, which sounded refreshingly alive under Harada, Arizona Opera’s associate conductor. Harada performed Donizetti’s delightful score with energy and charisma.

CATHALENA E. BURCH | ARIZONA DAILY STAR

As Edwin Barker played on a podium next to the conductor, Keitaro Harada, who took brisk command of the proceedings, you felt for a moment that you were in a dark, smoke-filled basement, listening to a dude swing.

SUSAN HALL | BERKSHIRE FINE ARTS

ably and passionately conducted

KERRY LENGEL | ARIZONA REPUBLIC

Harada drew those lines subtly, racing the tempo at times to create a palpable tension then settling into lush string passages that created a cinematic soundscape.

CATHALENA E. BURCH | ARIZONA DAILY STAR

...conducting was so engaged with each player in the Schubert Symphony No. 5 in B-flat that a quality of mutual delight in performing together pervaded this sunny, familiar work...Harada listens intently, leads with clarity and subtlety, and emits a thoughtful and appreciative musicality. The first movement was radiant, with clear lines and perfectly balanced contrapuntal voices...Harada’s conducting hands were as James Levine’s at his best: inviting, describing, and summoning with precision the emotions that underpinned the phrases.

ELI NEWBERGER | BOSTON MUSICAL INTELLIGENCER

Harada and the orchestra performed it with the breadth and conviction of a symphony, digging deep into his symphonic ambitions to reveal dynamic colors and textures from all sides of the ensemble. Harada brought out soaring strings swelling against triumphant horns and trumpets that pierced the calm. Deep voiced bass lines contrasted the calm of twin flutes and clarinets. Brahms might not have called this a symphony, but Harada presented it as one, drawing a rich, colorful performance from the orchestra.

CATHALENA E. BURCH | ARIZONA DAILY STAR

...led a tightly sprung, supremely confident performance, moving inevitably along the work's strange pathways, including scenes accompanied only by timpani, bells or harp. The chamber orchestra filled Durham's Carolina Theatre with immensely impressive playing.

ROY C. DICKS | NEWS OBSERVER

When we were looking for From the Top alumni to feature during our 10th-anniversary season, 25-year-old Keitaro Harada rose quickly to the top of the list.

CHRISTOPHER O'RILEY | NPR

Harada propelled the orchestra to interpret all of Danzón’s infectious, undulating music with all the passion inherent in a religious revival, bringing the packed house to its feet.

NICK DEL VECCHIO | LIVING AT THE OPERA

As Barker played on a podium next to the conductor, Keitaro Harada, who took brisk command of the proceedings, you felt for a moment that you were in a dark, smoke-filled basement, listening to a dude swing.

SUSAN HALL | BERKSHIRE FINE ARTS

If you need something done, ask a busy person: If the old adage is true, the go-to on our local classical music scene would be Keitaro Harada

89.5fm KBACH PHOENIX ARIZONA

What is appreciated is conductor Keitaro Harada’s relationship with the orchestra players brought out the best in them.

BILL HESS | SIERRA VISTA HERALD

one of the world’s most exciting up-and-coming young maestros.

SCOTT ANDREWS | THE FORECASTER

Harada, a conductor of growing talent and infectious showmanship, coaxed an informed, passionate and exciting performance from his musicians. ...He's bundle of energy at the podium, directing the musicians with technical proficiency and an unbridled passion.

CATHALENA E. BURCH | ARIZONA DAILY STAR

vividly conducted

MATTHEW GUERRIERI | BOSTON GLOBE

GREAT EXPECTATIONS...has the juice to make them reality...

CATHALENA E. BURCH | ARIZONA DAILY STAR

this small instrumental force was credibly — indeed magically — magnified into a proper orchestra by conductor Keitaro Harada through perfect timing, dramatic dynamics, and unerring coordination of the musical stagecraft. Not a second was out of synch. Everything had that ineffable snap. There was never a dull moment!

ELI NEWBERGER | BOSTON MUSICAL INTELLIGENCER

His style was highly expressive

K.S. MORRISON | MACON TELEGRAPH

He possessed endless energy and confidence and an impressive sense of timing that resulted in one of the evening’s finest moments.

CATHALENA E. BURCH | ARIZONA DAILY STAR

Under Harada’s confident leadership, the orchestra filled in the sonic landscape of the ballads “Never Can Say Goodbye” and “Ben.” Harada coaxed sweeping string passages that changed the dynamic of the softly uptempo “Rock With You” and the rollicking, jazzy “The Way You Make Me Feel.” He was equally effective in the orchestra’s more subtle contributions to “Beat It” and “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’...

CATHALENA E. BURCH | ARIZONA DAILY STAR

...pulled sounds from the orchestra rarely heard in most concerts.

BILL HESS | SIERRA VISTA HERALD

11/13/2017 Der Opernfreund: Völlig ungewohnte Sicht auf Carmen (REVIEW)

11/9/2017 Bulgarian National Television: Live interview with Elitsa Kancheva

11/7/2017 КЕЙТАРО ХАРАДА: "ТОВА Е „КАРМЕН“, КОЯТО ТРЯБВА ДА ВИДИТЕ И ДА БЪДЕТЕ ЧАСТ ОТ НЕЯ“

11/5/2017 Standart News: Interview with Keitaro Harada

11/3/2017 TV Interview БНТ - CARMEN Report by Миглена Стойчева

10/29/2017 A closer view of the conductor Keitaro Harada

10/26/2017 ОТБЛИЗО С ДИРИГЕНТА КЕЙТАРО ХЕРАДА

10/17/2017 в. Земя - Шедьовърът на Бизе "Кармен" с премиера в Операта

10/9/2017 Broadway World: Keitaro Harada Makes European Opera Conducting Debut Next Month Leading Carmen for Sophia Opera in Bulgaria

10/9/2017 La Gran Época: Estas madres intercambiaron notas en un restaurante para unir a sus hijos en una mágica historia de amor

10/5/2017 The Sofia Globe: ‘Carmen’ to premiere with Keitaro Harada at Sofia Opera

10/4/2017 Sofia Opera And Ballet: The Japanese Keitaro Harada will conduct the premiere of “Carmen” on 3 November at the Sofia Opera

9/24/2017 The New York Times: A Love Match, Orchestrated by the Moms

7/19/2017 Cincinnati Enquirer [Review]: Cincinnati Opera makes history with Missy Mazzoli's 'Song from the Uproar'

7/18/2017 Jay Harvey Upstage [Review]: Song from the Uproar

7/12/2017 Cincinnati CityBeat: A Visionary Contemporary Opera

6/29/2017 The Union: Music in the Mountains orchestra concerts feature Russian works

5/22/2017 Charlotte Five: 5 things you need to know about this year’s Summer Pops

4/24/2017 South Bend Tribune [Review]: Symphony performs magical concert

4/19/2017 The Charlotte Observer: Mark your calendars: The Charlotte Symphony just announced its Summer Pops concert schedule

4/18/2017 South Bend Tribune [Review]: Harada summoned and manipulated massive sounds with SBSO

4/13/2017 South Bend Tribune: Da-da-da dum...South Bend Symphony performs Beethoven's Fifth

4/9/2017 South Bend Tribune: Keitaro Harada conducts his audition concert with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra

11/13/2016 Idaho Statesman [Review]: Boise Philharmonic guest conductor Keitaro Harada shines with all-American program

11/10/2016 Idaho Statesman: Harada performs an all-American program with Gershwin, Grofé and Bernstein

11/5/2016 Arizona Daily Star [Review]: Conductor Harada thrills, energizes in TSO concert

10/23/2016 Charleston Gazette-Mail [Review]: Harada and Pompa-Baldi dazzle in performance with WV Symphony

10/16/2016 Charleston Gazette-Mail: Conductor candidate skipped family business for life in an orchestra

10/10/2016 Cincinnati Enquirer: Vanessa Williams, charming chanteuse

10/2/2016 South Bend Tribune: SBSO's search for a conductor moves to audition phase

9/3/2016 Weekly Jangle: 芸術の秋 原田慶太楼

8/12/2016 Idaho Statesman: Meet the seven candidates vying to lead the Boise Philharmonic

7/26/2016 Cincinnati Enquirer: Six things to know as World Piano turns 60

7/18/2016 読売新聞: 若手音楽家集い、芸術の森の木々に音色響く

7/16/2016 北海道新聞: PMF 若き調べ風に乗る 札幌で開幕

6/6/2016 Cincinnati Enquirer: More Lumenocity shows added

5/17/2016 Patrick D. McCoy: Solti Foundation Names Conductors Ankush Kumar Bahl and Keitaro Harada Among its Recipients

5/11/2016 Boise Philharmonic: Philharmonic Searches for New Music Director

5/10/2016 Broadway World: Cincinnati World Piano Competition to Present 60th Anniversary Concert at UC-CCM

5/9/2016 Cincinnati Enquirer: Cincinnati World Piano announces artists for 60th anniversary concert 

5/5/2016 Cincinnati Enquirer: Three local Conductors win Solti awards 

5/3/2016 The Solti Foundation U.S.Announces2016 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards

4/21/2016 The Boise Philharmonic launches its music director search with a season of guest conductors

4/8/2016 Charleston Gazette-Mail: WVSO announces new season, conductor finalists

4/8/2016 West Virginia MetroNews: WV Symphony narrows down conductor search, 6 finalists announced

4/8/2016 WVSO Announces 16-17 Season and Conductor Finalists

2/19/2016 Opera Today: Arizona Opera Presents an Interesting Carmen

2/18/2016 Arizona Daily Star: TSO delves into unchartered territory in 2016-17

2/17/2016 Cincinnati Enquirer: Went to the symphony and a wedding broke out

2/4/2016 WNDU: SB Symphony Orchestra selects 5 conductor finalists

2/4/2016 South Bend Tribune: Five candidates in the running to lead South Bend Symphony Orchestra 

2/2/2016 Arizona Daily Wildcat: Arizona Opera's production of "Carmen" sexy and real

1/27/2016 Arizona Daily Star: Behind the scenes of 'Carmen' (VIDEO)

1/27/2016 Arizona Daily Star: Experiencing 'Carmen' from the best seat in the house

1/6/2016 Richmond Times Dispatch: Bartok, Beethoven and Beers: Richmond Symphony brews up new ways to broaden audience

2015年冬 日経GLOBAL GATE : スペシャルインタビュー

12/19/2015 Richmond Times Dispatch: Magic overcomes the jitters

12/17/2015 Broadway World: Arizona Opera to Present CARMEN in 2016

11/05/2015 From The Top: Alumni Update

11/05/2015 Mercer University Alumni Award: Video Presentation (2.5minutes)

11/04/2015 Radio Interview: Arizona Public Media: Tucson Symphony Orchestra Extempore

10/27/2015 Mercer News: Inaugural Alumni Awards Dinner Recognizes Outstanding Mercerians During Homecoming Festivities

10/02/2015 CBS 6, WTVR-TV: Where Richmond Symphony is kicking off 2015-2016 Rush Hour Series

09/27/2015 Phoenix Magazine: From Sage to Stage

09/18/2015 音楽の友: シンシナティを拠点にさらなる高みへ

08/25/2015 Arizona Opera: Riders of the Purple Sage (world premiere)

05/27/2015 Current in Zionsville: Classics for everyone - the concerts you should see this summer

05/03/2015 The Telegraph: Rising star returns to Macon

04/20/2015 Cincinnati Enquirer: Keitaro Harada to join Cincinnati Symphony as associate conductor

04/19/2015 Arizona Daily Star: Review - Feel free to laugh at Arizona Opera's 'Daughter'

04/19/2015 The Violin Channel: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Announce New Associate Conductor

04/16/2015 Musical America: People in the news

04/15/2015 Sierra Vista Herald: SV Symphony guest conductor Harada named Cincinnati Orchestra Associate Conductor

04/15/2015 Broadway World: Cincinnati Symphony Welcomes AZ Opera's Keitaro Harada as Associate Conductor

04/14/2015 League of American Orchestras The Hub: Who's In

04/14/2015 Arizona Daily Star: Conductor Harada adds Cincinnati Symphony to resume

04/13/2015 Yahoo Japan: 新進気鋭の指揮者・原田慶太楼が、シンシナティ響のアソシエイトコンダクターに就任

04/13/2015 Opera Today: Arizona Opera Ends Season in Fine Style with Fille du Régiment

04/10/2015 Richmond Symphony: Keitaro Harada names Associate Conductor of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

04/08/2015 Mercer News: Mercer Alumnus Kei Harada to Guest Conduct the Macon Symphony Orchestra April 25

03/13/2015 Broadway World: Arizona Opera to Close 2014-15 Season with THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT

01/27/2015 Broadway World: Violinist Wanzhen Li Heads Celebration of China Concert with RSO

01/26/2015 Broadway World: Arizona Opera's 2015-16 Season to Include ARIZONA LADY, FALSTAFF & More

01/11/2015 Arizona Daily Star: Review - Harada shines in TSO classical debut

01/08/2015 Arizona Daily Star: Conductor Harada returns to TSO for MasterWorks debut

12/31/2014 Sierra Vista Herald: And the Hessy goes to…

10/22/2014 Sierra Vista Herald: 20th symphony season hits platinum - Yang one powerful pianist

10/15/2014 Sierra Vista Herald: Romancing the Rach 3

09/24/2014 Richmond.com: Richmond Symphony Covers ABBA

09/16/2014 Sierra Vista Herald: ‘Mouth-watering’ Orchestral Music Opens Symphony’s 20th Season

09/09/2014 BroadwayWorld.com: ABBA - The Music to Feature the Richmond Symphony Orchestra

07/15/2014 しながわ写真ニュース: 指揮者 原田慶太楼さんが 区役所を訪問

06/04/2014 Richmond Times-Dispatch: Richmond Symphony names new associate conductor

06/03/2014 Meet RSO's New Associate Conductor, Keitaro Harada

04/26/2014 Arizona Republic | Review: Arizona Opera's 'Don Pasquale'

04/07/2014 Solti Foundation conductor awards announced

03/29/2014 Arizona Republic: Young maestro Keitaro Harada takes career to next level

01/15/2014 KBACH 89.5fm: A Chat with Keitaro Harada

12/20/2013 University of Arizona: UA Alum Conducting Tucson Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert This Weekend

10/31/2013 The Sierra Vista Herald: Brass steps up in symphony opening

10/23/2013 The Sierra Vista Herald: Harada, Lundy start symphony’s 19th season off in high style

10/22/2013 Oasis News オアシス・ニュース: 原田慶太楼氏指揮でフェニックス・ユース・シンフォニ演奏

09/20/2013 The Sierra Vista Herald: Celebration Sensation!

08/07/2013 The Sierra Vista Herald: 'Imagine' Symphony’s 19th season opens in October ... join in!

04/29/2013 Daily Herald: Guest conductor to work with young musicians

04/06/2013 Weekly Lalala: ロサンゼルスで暮らす人々 指揮者原田慶太楼

04/04/2013 Arizona Public Media: 'Music ... Language Without Words' (Video Documentary)

03/22/2013 League of American Orchestras symphonyNOW: Maestro Showcase

03/20/2013 The Sierra Vista Herald: Symphony’s ‘Thrilling Finale!' was just that

03/13/2013 Florida Times Union: Young conductors work with Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in national showcase

01/29/2013 League of American Orchestras: Keitaro Harada Chosen to Lead the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra at the League's 2013 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview

10/29/2012 The Forecaster: Out & About: Jazz the focus of ‘American Songbook’ in Portland

10/12/2012 Arizona Daily Star: Tucson gets its freak on for TSO, Michael Jackson

10/11/2012 Arizona Daily Star: TSO ready to rock in Jackson show

10/11/2012 Tucson Weekly: The King of Pop Goes Classical

06/13/2012 The Chestertown Spy: All Things Conducting: A Talk With National Music Festival Apprentices Diakun & Harada

03/23/2012 The Sierra Vista Herald: Love affair with Symphony rekindled

01/16/2012 OpusColorado: The Phoenix Youth Symphony and The Lamont Symphony give students a unique gift

12/5/2011 Arizona Daily Star: Phoenix Youth Symphony at UA

12/1/2011 Arizona Daily Star: Youth orchestra from Phoenix may be the best you've heard

11/9/2011 School of Music at the University of Arizona: Phoenix Youth Symphony

07/29/2011 品川から世界へ羽ばたいた指揮者原田慶太楼さんが来庁

品川ケーブルの映像はこちら

05/13/2011 News Observer: N.C. Opera’s ‘Turn of the Screw’ is a winner

10/28/2010 The Sierra Vista Herald: Symphony provides magnificent matinee

10/16/2010 Living at the Opera: A Mexican Musical Celebration to Remember

Oct. 2010 Opera News - Review: Ariadne auf Naxos Lenox, MA

Fall 2010 University of Arizona Features Keitaro Harada: Impulsive Japanese Musician Earns Fame

Fall 2010 The Mercerian: Alumnus Featured on NPR’s ‘From the Top’

08/15/2010 Berkshire Fine Arts: Contemporary Music at Tanglewood

08/13/2010 The Boston Musical Intelligencer: TCMF One: Freeform, Fragmentary, Peculiar, Magical

08/07/2010 The Boston Musical Intelligencer: Ariadne auf Bali Ha’i in Tanglewood Fellows’ Marvelous Strauss Pacific

07/15/2010 The Boston Musical Intelligencer: Mahler and the Transition to 20th Century Music at Tanglewood

07/13/2010 Arizona Daily Star: UA conducting fellow Harada conducts Schubert at Tanglewood

05/21/2010 Arizona Daily Star: UA Musicians off to play the world

03/17/2010 The Sierra Vista Herald: Symphony’s season finale a treat in many ways

06/05/2009 Arizona Daily Star: GREAT EXPECTATIONS

02/06/2009 Arizona Daily Star: UA’s finest at President’s Concert