Japanese Miho Hazama conducted Jong Metropole during the summer of 2019. Tokyo-born composer and conductor Miho Hazama is one of New York's best young talents. She established herself in no time as a star on a world stage and the leading American magazine Downbeat praised her as one of the '25 for the future'. In 2015 she was awarded the BMI Charlie Parker Composition Prize. She has written for artists such as Joshua Redman, Lionel Loueke, Stefon Harris and Gil Goldstein. Her first album Journey to Journey received the Jazz JAPAN rising star award and and generated reviews in influential publications such as Downbeat, The New York Times, NPR and JazzTimes.
Miho Hazama conducting Jong Metropole at the Amsterdam Grachtenfestival 2019 (Photo Ronald Knapp).
Miho has also arranged and orchestrated many ensembles for concerts, recording, television and film, including Metropole Orchestra, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Vince Mendoza, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Shiro Sagisu and many others. As a conductor she collaborated with the Danish Radio Big Band, Metropole Orkest Big Band, WDR Big Band and Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra.