Eiji Oue

Conductor Laureate, NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Hannover
Principal Conductor, Osaka Philharmonic

Biography

Renowned for his ‘extraordinary interpretations’ (La Nacion), ability to conduct from memory and inspire orchestras, along with his ‘trademark good humour […] and great energy’ (BackTrack), Maestro Eiji Oue is a frequent guest of many of the world’s top orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic.

Oue is currently Conductor Laureate of both the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, having served as its Music Director from 2003-2011, and NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Hannover, following an eleven year tenure as Principal Guest Conductor (1998-2009). He has also held the positions of Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra (1995-2002) and Orquesta Simfònica de Barcelona I Nacional de Catalunya (Barcelona Symphony Orchestra) (2006-2010). Whilst Music Director of Wyoming’s Grand Teton Music Festival (1997-2003), he was the driving force behind the found of one of the Festival’s most beloved events, its annual outdoor Fourth of July Community Concert.

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Reviews

“This was a performance of intense expressivity, yet also rigorous control.”

José Luis Vidal

El Mundo Cataluña

“The conductor, Eiji Oue, kept musical passions running high. […] This is the raciest Tristan I have heard – flexibly shaped without losing the music’s contour, ever-sensitive to voices, never hot-headed.”

Andrew Clark

Financial Times

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“This was a performance of intense expressivity, yet also rigorous control.”

José Luis Vidal, El Mundo Cataluña

“Bubbling over with good humour and liveliness, the smiling presence of Oue from the podium immediately evoked a sunny mood for the opening allegro of Haydn’s “Miracle” Symphony. The NSO responded with great energy to the demonstrative conducting of Oue, whose diminutive frame darted about, eliciting a fresh, vibrant sound from the orchestra …”

Bachtrack, Andrew Larkin

“The still young Eiji Oue […] created an excellent sound and color from the orchestra, showing the originality of its conception of Mahler.”

Cultural Resuena, Marina Hervás Muñoz 

“The conductor, Eiji Oue, kept musical passions running high. […] This is the raciest Tristan I have heard – flexibly shaped without losing the music’s contour, ever-sensitive to voices, never hot-headed.”

Financial Times, Andrew Clark

“The Japanese maestro conducted with powerful gestures, producing an extrovert and theatrical sound, realising the score with a concentrated dedication and achieving a proportionate success. The orchestra responded with enthusiasm and efficiency to the directions of an ecstatic Oue, who tastefully unveiled this musical fresco, without a score.”

Pablo Meléndez-Haddad, ABC Cataluña

“Japanese conductor Eiji Oue […] conducted the extensive and complex Mahlerian score from memory with grand yet supple gesturing, his interpretation reaching peaks of sovereign intensity.”

Antonio Iglesias, ABC Cataluña

“The big surprise however was not so much the twentieth century compositions, but the forceful, original and extraordinary interpretation Oue gave Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique. With great refinement and an unprecedented security, Eiji Oue raised this performance far beyond the mere routine. The man has ideas, worked them through well with the orchestra and the result was amazing. In some moments of lyricism, Oue was reminiscent of Celibidache and his obsession with slow tempi to heighten the intimacy of the music. He approached the threshold of sound with maximum clarity and moments of great power, and did not gloss over the details. Rarely has the Philharmonic sounded as vigorous and as accurate as in the third movement. The tremendous ovation that followed it was in no way down to an audience unaware of concert conventions, but a truly spontaneous response to the overwhelming power of the music which is rarely as well served as this.”

Pablo Kohan, La Nacion