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Daisuke Muranaka’s glittering career as a conductor first came to prominence in 1996, when he made his operatic debut in Italy with “ Die Zauberflöte “ in Treviso at two hours notice because of the sudden illness of Peter Maag, with whom Daisuke had a strong musical affinity as “Mozartiano”.
This experience in Treviso led to series of happenings in Europe, with Teatro La Fenice di Venezia (with Nathalia Gutman as soloist) in the same year because of the illness of Peter Maag.
Manon Lescaut in Palermo
And in the Teatro Massimo di Palermo, where the conductor was unavailable, Daisuke should have conducted in short notice Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut”, which had a biggest acclaim after the newly reopened Scilian Theater with Norma Fantini in title role.
Gazzettino di Treviso had written about this success; Puccini must be conducted like this..”.
Alongside his operatic career in Europe , he made his concert debut in Japan in 1999 with the Tokyo Philharmonic with Schubert h-minor and Brahms 3rd Symphony which received resounding critical acclaim. (“ Real Talent !” Nikkei)
Then in 2000 his debut Production of “Die Zauberflöte” (with Michael Hampe ) in the National Theatre of Tokyo won him the prestigious Idemitsu Music Award .
Successfully conducted Tosca (Producer:Madau Diaz) in the National Theatre thereafter, he had many orchestral concerts including conducting the NHK Symphony , the Yomiuri Symphony , the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Tokyo City Philharmonic , Tokyo New City Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, Kanagawa Philharmonic,the Sapporo Symphony, the Kyoto Symphony, Kyushu Symphony and the Osaka Century Orchestra, with whom he performed works ranging from Haydn to contemporary composers such as F. Pennnisi and A.Otaka.
He also made his Mexican debut conducting Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony with the Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra and his Belgium debut, doing the Enigma Variations with the Brussels Philharmonic (Vlaams Radio Orchestra) in a gala concert at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels.
Don Giovanni in Glyndebourne
In 2002 Daisuke made his British debut with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera conducting "Don Giovanni" (Producer: Graham Vick). He had to take over at short notice because the previous conductor became ill and he received rave reviews from the press. This success led to him conducting the new 2003 production of "Don Pasquale" at the Theatre St. Gallen .
That same year Daisuke was invited back to the Teatro Massimo di Palermo , where he conducted the Italian première of Henze’s " Musen Siziliens" which was highly praised by the critics.
In 2006 Daisuke Muranaka’s career reached a new level with his foundation and creation of the “Yokohama Opera-Mirai Project” and the ”Yokohama OMP Orchestra”, which was based in the Minato-Mirai Hall in Yokohama, Japan and he became their Artistic Director, working in collaboration with the producer Michael Hampe as artistic adviser.
Amongst other works during the following years, he successfully directed five different productions including ”Pulcinella “, “Cosi fan tutte”, “Il barbiere di Siviglia”, “Il matrimonio segreto” and “Le nozze di Figaro”. He was rewarded for his efforts in 2007 when he won the prestigious “Yokohama Award” for his contribution to the City of Yokohama.
In 2006 Daisuke made his London Debut with the English Chamber Orchestra conducting Takemitsu, Ravel and Beethoven in the Cadogan Hall. In the same year he appeared with the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, conducting Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony and Ravel’s Sheherezade with the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.
His work with the opera company continued in 2008 and included a new production of “Incoronazione di Poppea” by Monteverdi which he conducted in both Tokyo and Osaka to critical acclaim, a new production of “Die Zauberflöte“ in the Okinawa Shuri Temple and a production of “ Il matrimonio segreto” by Cimarosa with the Yokohama Opera-Mirai Project which was awarded the important MITSUBISHI-UFJ Music Award 2009.
In the same year he was invited to conduct the Tokyo New City Orchestra, which uses period instruments, for a performance of Mendelssohn’s Melusine Overture, Schubert’s Great C Major Symphony and Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto.
Recently he stepped in at very short notice, rescuing the evening for the Gunma Symphony Orchestra, when he conducted Stravinsky’s “Firebird” and Ravel’s “Ma mere l’oye” with great aplomb, for which he received high praise.
He recently conducted the Tokyo City Philharmonic and this concert was broadcasted on NHK Radio and TV with a Programme of Shostakovich and Sibelius .