Ken-David Masur



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There was no denying the life-force in Masur’s interpretation.
— The San Diego Union Tribune
Masur’s precise manner brought forth splendid sounds.
— The Memphis Commercial Appeal
A brilliant and commanding conductor with unmistakable charisma.
— Leipziger Volkszeitung



Ken-David Masur — who has been hailed as “fearless, bold, and a life-force” (San Diego Union-Tribune) and “a brilliant and commanding conductor with unmistakable charisma” (Leipzig Volkszeitung), was recently appointed to be the new Music Director for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, beginning in the 2019/20 season. He began the 2018/19 season making his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia in two all-Tchaikovsky programs, then returned to Tanglewood to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a program of Glinka, Rachmaninoff Pno. Cto. No. 2 with Kirill Gerstein, and Stravinsky’s “Firebird.” At summer’s end he conducted workshops and a concert celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Mendelssohn Foundation in Tokyo.

In the fall he leads a subscription week with the BSO, where he continues as Associate Conductor. His guest engagements this season include weeks with the Louisville Orchestra, the Detroit and Milwaukee Symphonies, and the Chicago Civic Orchestra, plus concerts abroad with the National Philharmonic of Russia, Collegium Musicum Basel, the Stavanger Symphony, and the Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra in France.

Other recent guest engagements include weeks with the Milwaukee, Colorado, and Portland (ME) Symphonies, and returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the Munich Symphony, where he is Principal Guest Conductor, and to the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Japan. He led l’Orchestre National de France in Paris in a program with Anne-Sophie Mutter, and regularly conducts in Germany, Korea, and Moscow. As a sought-after leader and educator of younger players, Ken-David frequently conducts the Chicago Civic Orchestra, BUTI, and the New England Conservatory and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestras.

Ken-David Masur and his wife, pianist Melinda Lee Masur, are founders and Artistic Directors of the Chelsea Music Festival, an annual two-week long multi-media production of music, art, and cuisine which in June, 2018 presented its 9th season, “Bach 333,” in New York. Its productions are varied and internationally themed, always including premieres of new works by young and established composers — a celebration of the arts and senses called a “gem of a series” by the New York Times, which frequently features the Festival amongst its Best Classical picks of the season.

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.

(November 2018. Please discard previously dated materials and contact before making any alterations or cuts.)






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Masur conducts Beethoven's 9th Symphony on April 26th, 2016 at Boston Symphony Hall.

Masur conducts the Berlioz's overture Le Corsaire with the Boston Symphony Orchestra during the 2014-2015 BSO season.

Commissioned by the BSO, this new adaptation of Ibsen's epic play with Grieg's beloved music debuted at Symphony Hall, Boston in 2017 with soprano Camilla Tilling, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and the Boston Symphony, conducted by Ken-David Masur.

Masur conducts Arnold Schoenberg's "Friede auf Erden" on April 26th, 2016 at Symphony Hall.

In this episode of "New Tanglewood Tales: Life On Stage and Off," Masur takes the podium as he leads the BSO in a concert featuring pianist Garrick Ohlsson.

Masur conducts the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra performing Dvorak's Cello Concerto 3rd Mov with Leonard Elschenbroich.




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