Chosei Komatsu, the associate conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, will resign at the end of the current season to accept two important posts in his native Japan.
Komatsu will become principal guest conductor and music director designate of the Hiroshima Symphony and also will join the Tokyo Philharmonic as its principal conductor designate.
Komatsu, now 34, joined the BSO as an affiliate artist conductor in 1988 and was appointed associate conductor the following year.
He led a classical subscription program each year in addition to pops concerts, runouts, youth concerts and summer concerts.
He was respected for the energy of his conducting and the clarity of his technique.
The orchestra expects to name his successor in April.