"After an impressive debut with NHK Symphony Orchestra in summer of 2019, Harada immediately had a reinvitation for the 2019-20 season and in 2020-21 stepped in for MTT for two additional subscription weeks."
In the 2020-21 season, Keitaro Harada begins his tenure as Music & Artistic Director of Savannah Philharmonic and Associate Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.
While maintaining a growing presence across the globe, recent and upcoming guest conducting highlights include the symphony orchestras of Houston, NHK, Yomiuri Nippon, Osaka, Tokyo, Seattle, Hawaii, Fort Worth, Indianapolis, Memphis, Louisiana, North Carolina, Phoenix, Virginia, as well as the New Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic.
In the opera canon, Harada has led productions of Pagliacci, Carmen, and Turn of the Screw (North Carolina Opera), Mazzoli’s Song from the Uproar (Cincinnati Opera), Don Pasquale, Le Fille du Regiment, and Tosca (Arizona Opera). He conducted Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos as the 2010 Seiji Ozawa Fellow at Tanglewood.
Having completed his fourth season as Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops, Harada regularly assisted Music Director Louis Langrée and with James Conlon and Juanjo Mena for the May Festival. He is a four-time recipient of The Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award and Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview (2013). In 2018 and 2016, he was invited by Valery Gergiev to serve on the faculty of the Pacific Music Festival.