Japanese conductor walks out on Germany

Japanese conductor walks out on Germany


norman lebrecht

November 20, 2014

Toshiyuki Kamioka, 54, has made his career in Germany.

He was Generalmusidirektor in Wiesbaden from 1996 to 2004, and in Herford from 1998.

Since 2004 he has been Generalmusikdirektor in Wuppertal.

Today he announced he’s giving up and going home to Japan.

Toshiyuki Kamioka


  • Michael Endres says:

    Of course something is wrong with Germany, there always is.
    The reason for the departure can be found here.

  • norman lebrecht says:

    So sensitive, our anonymous German friend.

  • Milka says:

    Outside of it being just a bit of local information
    the departure or arrival of any conductor is of scant world interest
    be it a Muti or Kamioka. It is a great opportunity to replace the conductor with a sound engineer and producer.

  • Chris says:

    Actually he doesn’t walk out, but the town officials of Wuppertal are showing him the door. He was asking for permission taking on an additional 8-week gig in homeland Japan while keeping his Wuppertal gig, and the Wuppertal city officials said no. So in order to take the job in Japan he had to quit Wuppertal.

  • Edgar Brenninkmeyer says:

    As the Dutch saying goes: one cannot eat off two plates at the same time. Good luck for both Wuppertal and for the departing maestro.

  • Bruce Wayne says:

    A point missed here: the Conductor has been under intense pressure dice canceling the contracts of the entire ensemble and attempting yo run the operas using only guests; this is an unprecedented and wildly socialized work situation. The maestro is despised in much of the Theater because of this move.