· Conductor of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (OBC)
· Musical Director of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
· Artistic Counsellor of the New National Theatre Tokyo
Considered as one of the brightest directors of its generation, Kazushi Ono has been described by the prestigious French newspaper Le Figaro as "one of the most fascinating musical minds of our era". His extraordinary capacity as a director has led him to be invited by famous groups from around the world: the BBC, the Birmingham, Boston, Montreal and London orchestras, the Vienna Radio, Leipzig Gewandhaus, La Monnaie and the philharmonics of Israel, Oslo and Radio France, among others. He has also directed operas in major theatres such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin or the Paris Opera.
From 2008 to 2017 he was the principal conductor of the Lyon National Opera and was recently awarded by the French Ministry of Culture as an Officer of Fine Arts and Letters, a title that joins the prestigious Asahi Prize he received in January 2015.
His way of doing the essays conveys sincerity, receptiveness and calmness. In the concerts, he is totally given to a mystical search of the musical fact that goes beyond mere rational readings.