Keitaro Harada

The Savannah Philharmonic has announced 34-year-old Japanese conductor Keitaro Harada as its new Music and Artistic Director. He will replace founding Artistic Director Peter Shannon, who resigned last year. Harada will conduct the opening and closing concerts of the 2019-20 season as Director Designate and take over the full title and responsibilities with the 2020-21 season.

Harada is a three-time recipient of the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, has been featured at the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, won the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood Music Festival, and studied with Lorin Maazel and Fabio Luisi at the Castleton and Pacific Musical Festivals, respectively.

Harada is currently finishing his fourth season as the associate conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops.

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