Kent Nagano is considered one of the outstanding conductors for both operatic and orchestral repertoire. He has been Music Director of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) since September 2006 and took up the position of General Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera and Chief Conductor of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra in September 2015. In 2006 he was appointed Honorary Conductor of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and in 2019 of Concerto Köln, the Baroque orchestra which he is involved in with the Wagner Readings.
In October 2019, Kent Nagano and the orchestra went on an extensive tour through Latin America. In January 2020 the orchestra and Kent Nagano host the first ever Schubert Festival in Montreal, featuring all of the composer's symphonies.
In Hamburg, the 2019/20 season started with the premiere of Shostakovich's ‘The Nose‘ at the Hamburg State Opera. In April 2020, the premiere of Strauss' ‘Elektra‘ follows, as well as Olivier Messiaen's cult opera ‘Saint François d'Assise‘ at the Hamburg International Music Festival in a scenographic version by Georges Delnon which he especially developed for the Elbphilharmonie concert hall.
Kent Nagano’s guest appearances in the 2019/20 season include the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin in Munich and Berlin, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.
Nagano has worked with many renowned labels. He was awarded Grammys for his recordings of Busoni’s ’Doktor Faust’ with Opéra National de Lyon, Prokofjew’s ’Peter and the Wolf’ with the Russian National Orchestra and Saariaho’s ’L’amour de Loin’ with the Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin.
In October 2019, Kent Nagano and Mari Kodama will expand their joint recordings of Beethoven's works for piano and orchestra with Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 0 E-flat Major WoO 4, a nearly unknown youth work of the composer, and his Rondo for Piano and Orchestra WoO 6 with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.