Born in Tokyo, Kentaro Kawase graduated from the Tokyo College of Music in 2007 where he majored in conducting. His conducting teachers include Junichi Hirokami, Yasuhiko Shiozawa, Myung‐Whun Chung and Arild Remmereit. He also studied piano and score reading under Reiko Shimada. In 2005 he appeared in the Rainbow 21 Debut Concert 2005 at Suntory Hall and conducted the Ensemble Endless, the Tokyo College of Music String Ensemble. In 2006 he participated in the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra Academy Conducting Workshop. He was second prize winner (no first prize awarded) of the Tokyo International Music Competition for conducting in 2006. At the competition's Prize Winners Gala Concerts in March, 2007, he conducted the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra and the Century Orchestra Osaka. Since then, he has conducted the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National d'Ile de France and the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra.