Being a good person before being a good musician.
I'm always thinking about what music brings to humanity and what music can do.
"Defending human creativity" and "promoting education". I cherish those two.
Kanako Abe, based in Den Haag (Netherlands) is a conductor, pianist and composer which is highly acclaimed as a specialist of contemporary repertoire. She premiered more than 130 pieces and works in collaboration with worldwide renowned composers like Michael Jarrell, Jonathan Harvey, Michael Lévinas, Régis Campo, Motoharu Kawashima and more.
Kanako Abe now holds a position of Music Partner since 2015 at Tokyo Ensemnable Factory (a chamber ensemble for contemporary music) and since 2019 at Ensemble Muromachi (an ensemble collaborated with European baroque instruments and Japanese traditional instruments) both based in Tokyo.
She was a music director of ‘Ensemble Multilaterale’ from 2005 to 2014. From 2008 to 2010, she was also in position of assistant conductor at Opernhaus Zürich and Opera National de Montpellier working with such conductor as Fabio Luisi, Enrique Mazzola, Lawren
She was invited to conduct from the orchestra such as Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Orchestre de Caen, Romanian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra and more.
On 2021/22 Season, she will appear at Orchestre Symphonique de la Garde Républicaine as a first "Maestra" on it's history. She will also appear at Orchestre de chambre de Genève, Orchestre Symphonique des Dômes and 2 orchestras in Japan which will be press released later.
Kanako Abe obtained 7 prizes related to conducting, composition and accompaniment at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP), Master degree of conducting at Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts in Tilburg in Netherlands and a diploma in composition at Tokyo University of Arts.
Her conducting mentors are Zsolt Nagy, János Fürst. Fabio Luisi and Etienne Siebens. This basic background not only puts her into the expert on conducting of contemporary music but also gives her the renovative vision of interpretation on classical repertoires.
Kanako Abe was invited to conduct from the orchestra such as Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Orchestre de Caen, Romanian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Osaka Symphony Orchestra, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra and more.
On 2022/23 Season, she is appointed as the conductor of the world premiere and following European tour including her debut to Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and Royal Opera House with Bushra El=Turk’s New Opera "Woman at Point Zero".
（ August 2021 ）