Renowned conductor of the Vienna State Opera and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Early in his career, he also served as music director of both the San Francisco Symphony and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
He was discovered by acclaimed composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, who gave him an assistant conductor position with the New York Philharmonic.
He became known for his interpretations of nineteenth-century Romantic works.
He was born in China to Japanese parents. His son, Yukiyoshi Ozawa, had a career as an actor. He was married twice and he has a daughter named Seira.
As a child, he studied the musical compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach.