(b Morro Bay, Calif., 1951).
Amer. conductor of Japanese descent. Worked with Opera Co. of Boston 1977–9. Mus. dir. Berkeley SO from 1978 (cond. f. Amer. p. (concert) of Palestrina, 1982). Cond., Opéra de Lyon 1988–98. Mus. dir. Hallé Orch. 1991–2000; chief cond. Berlin Radio SO 2000–6; mus. dir. Los Angeles Opera 2001–6; cond. Bavarian State Opera from 2006; cond. Montreal SO from 2006. Cond. f. London p. of Messiaen's St François d'Assise (concert perf.) 1988. Cond. and recorded Strauss's Fr. vers. of Salome, Lyon 1990. Cond. f.p. of Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer, Brussels 1991. NY Met début 1994.