E00720. Ozawa, Seiji - Unsigned 5x7 BW early photo
“In 1960, Seiji Ozawa won the Koussevitzky Prize, Tanglewood’s highest honor, for outstanding student conductor. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Berlin after winning a scholarship to study with the prominent Austrian conductor, Herbert von Karajan. While studying with Karajan, he caught the eyes of Leonard Bernstein, who later appointed him as the assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic. He remained with Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic for the next four years.
During the 1960's, his career blossomed. While working with the New York Philharmonic, he débuted with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in 1962. From there, he began guest conducting with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival. In 1965, after leaving the New York Philharmonic, he became the Artistic Director of the Ravinia Festival, as well as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He held these positions until 1969. During this decade, he appeared with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1970, Seiji Ozawa became the music director of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, where he stayed until 1976. In 1970, during his time with San Francisco, he was appointed Music Director of the Berkshire Music Festival. In 1973, he was also appointed as Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. After leaving the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, he was able to travel abroad to Europe and Japan with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In 1980, he became an honorary artistic director of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1984, Ozawa and Kazuyoshi Akiyama established the Saito Kinen Orchestra whose purpose was to perform in memory of Ozawa’s teacher, Hideo Saito. In 2002, he resigned from Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra amidst his fans’ protests, and took residency as the Music Director of the Vienna State Opera.”