Ono, he’s back

Ono, he’s back


norman lebrecht

September 30, 2021

The Brussels Philharmonic orchestra has chosen the Japanese conductor Kazushi Ono as its next music director, succeeding Stéphane Denève a year from now.

Ono was music director of La Monnaie opera from 2002 to 2008.

Brussels never looks far beyond the familiar.



  • PeterB says:

    Yeah, Pappano and Castellucci were household names when their careers were launched in/by Brussels.

  • MSC says:

    Familiarity sometimes makes one aware of the virtues of someone that might otherwise be overlooked. Ono is very good and I doubt Brussels would hire a de la Parra simply because she were familiar.

  • Manu says:

    Ono has been chief conductor at Barcelona Symphony for many years, not leaving a particular trace. But it is more fault of disastrous management team of L’Auditori, the actual even worse than the precedent.