Koizumi, Kazuhiro, Japanese conductor; b. Kyoto, Oct. 16, 1949. He studied at the Tokyo Univ. of the Arts, and later at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik; also worked with Ozawa. In 1970 he won 1st prize in the Min-Ono conducting competition in Japan, and in 1972, 1st prize in the Karajan Competition in Berlin. After serving as asst. conductor of the Japan Phil, in Tokyo (1970–72), he was music director of the New Japan Phil, there (1975–80) and of the Winnipeg Sym. Orch. (1983–89); also was chief conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Sym. Orch. (1984–87). He was principal conductor of the Kyushu Sym. Orch. in Fukuoka from 1988.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire