Ken-David Masur, conductor
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Ken-David Masur

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In this 2019/20 season, Ken-David Masur celebrates the beginning of his tenure as Music Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Hailed as “fearless, bold, and a life-force” (San Diego Union-Tribune) and “a brilliant and commanding conductor with unmistakable charisma” (Leipzig Volkszeitung), Masur has conducted distinguished orchestras around the world, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago and Detroit Symphonies, l’Orchestre National de France, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony in Tokyo, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the National Philharmonic of Russia, and orchestras throughout the United States, France, Germany, Korea, Japan, and Scandinavia. In addition to regular appearances at Ravinia, Tanglewood and the Hollywood Bowl, Masur has conducted internationally at festivals such as the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, the Festival of Colmar in France, Denis Matsuev’s White Lilac Festival in Russia, the Tongyeong Festival in South Korea and the TV Asahi Festival in Tokyo, Japan.

Masur recently concluded a landmark tenure as Associate Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where he led numerous concerts, at Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood, of new and standard works featuring guest artists such as Renée Fleming, Dawn Upshaw, Emanuel Ax, Garrick Ohlsson, Joshua Bell, Louis Lortie, Kirill Gerstein, Nikolaj Luganski, et al. For eight years, Masur served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Munich Symphony, and previously as Associate Conductor of the San Diego Symphony as well as Resident Conductor of the San Antonio Symphony.

Masur is passionate about the growth, encouragement and application of contemporary music and has conducted and commissioned dozens of new works,  many of which have premiered at  the Chelsea Music Festival, an annual summer music festival in New York City founded and directed by Masur and his wife, pianist Melinda Lee Masur.   The Festival seeks to engage curious audiences with its ground-breaking collaborations between the performing, visual and culinary arts.  Having just completed its 10th season, the Chelsea Music Festival is  praised by The New York Times as a “gem of a series” and frequently featured amongst its Best Classical picks of the season.

In Chicago, Ken-David Masur assumes his new post this season as the new Principal Conductor of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the professional training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony and the Negaunee Music Institute.  Music education and working with the next generation of young artists being of major importance to him, he has led orchestras and masterclasses at the New England Conservatory, Boston University, Boston Conservatory, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and at leading universities and conservatories in Asia, Europe, and South America.

Ken-David Masur has recently made recordings with the English Chamber Orchestra and violinist Fanny Clamagirand, and with the Stavanger Symphony. As founding Music Director of the Bach Society Orchestra and Chorus at Columbia University, he toured Germany and released a critically acclaimed album of symphonies and cantatas by W.F. Bach, C.P.E. Bach and J.S. Bach. WQXR recently named Masur’s recording with the Stavanger Symphony of Gisle Kverndokk’s Symphonic Dances one of “The Best New Classical Releases of July 2018”.  Masur received a Grammy nomination from the Latin Recording Academy in the category Best Classical Album of the Year for his work as a producer of the album Salon Buenos Aires.

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“A brilliant and commanding conductor with unmistakable charisma.”

Leipziger Volkszeitung

"...he knows how to pull out the stops and damn the torpedoes at appropriate times."

The Berkshire Edge

“There was no denying the life-force in Masur’s interpretation.”

The San Diego Union-Tribune
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