Seiji Ozawa is a Japanese conductor. He is particularly noted for his interpretations of large-scale late Romantic works. In 1961, he was appointed an assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra by Leonard Bernstein. He was music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra from 1965 to 1970, of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra from 1969 to 1976, and of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1973 to 2002. In 1994, the BSO dedicated its new Tanglewood concert hall “Seiji Ozawa Hall”, in honor of his 20th season with the orchestra. Since 2002, he has been music director of the Vienna State Opera.
Ozawa has also been an advocate of 20th century classical music, giving the premieres of a number of works including György Ligeti’s “San Francisco Polyphony” in 1975 and Olivier Messiaen’s opera “Saint François d’Assise” in 1983. Ozawa is noted to have somewhat of a photographic memory, as he is able to memorize the scores of large works such as the Mahler Symphonies. He became famous not only for his conducting style, but his sartorial style. He wore the traditional formal dress with a white turtleneck rather than the usual starched shirt, waistcoat, and white tie.
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