A graduate of the Toho Gakuen College’s Conducting Department where he studied under Hideo Saito, after serving as a conducting intern with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, as well as associate conductor of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (The German Opera of the Rhine), Kazuhiko Komatsu made his official début as conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra in 1978. He is one of Japan’s foremost international conductors. Currently he serves as a permanent guest conductor of the distinguished Prague Symphony Orchestra. He has also become a very broadly popular conductor from his appearances on NHK’s “Famous Works Album” and Asahi TV’s “The Unnamed Concert” television programmes.
As well as pursuing a full performing schedule, he is a professor at the Osaka University of Arts, working to develop new young orchestras and conductors for the future. From July 2003 he has also served as the artistic director of the Saitama Arts Foundation. He has been honoured with the Italian Broadcast Association Award and the Osaka Fumin Hall Achievement Award, as well as the 19th Kenzo Nakajima Music Award in 2001 for his many years of great achievement in the advancement of modern music and works by Japanese nationals overseas.
In 2001 Kazuhiko Komatsu made his Northern European début conducting the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. His recording of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” with the Prague Symphony Orchestra was released in 2004. In January 2004 he made a brilliant and highly praised début with Russia’s world-famous St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. He was immediately invited to appear once more, during the 2005/2006 season. In February 2006, he enjoyed high praise for his conducting of the regular concerts of the Prague Symphony Orchestra (a special programme in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Mozart) and the regular concerts of the St Petersburg Philharmonic (a special programme in celebration of the centenary of the birth of Shostakovich).