He's one of classical music’s most important composers - and on the eve of his 80th birthday, we got to ask him what he thinks about the state of classical music in 2016.
Conductor Kent Nagano has suggested that classical music could be dead within a generation, citing budget cuts and lack of music education.
Nagano, who is confirmed as the next musical director of the Hamburg State Opera, told the Kurier that classical music has "gone so quickly in a generation," and that it is "in danger of losing its social significance."
The conductor, who was promoting his new book 'Expect Miracles', gave several reasons for the supposed impending death of classical music, from budget cuts to technology.
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"Today you can make classical music accessible to all thanks to new technologies. And yet there is a problem in communication."
Nagano also voiced concern that modern generations see classical music as "something that belongs to the past," and that lack of music education in Western curricula may be to blame.
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