KEN-DAVID MASUR, Conductor
Mr. Masur will conduct members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra performing Study for String Orchestra by Pavel Haas (Terezin 1944).
Conductor Ken-David Masur has been critically hailed as “fearless, bold” and a "life-force" [San Diego Union-Tribune] and “a brilliant and commanding conductor with unmistakable charisma”[Leipzig Volkszeitung]. He begins his appointment as Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the 2014/15 season, when he also leads weeks with the San Diego, Munich, Nuremburg, and Omaha Symphonies. Masur also returns to the National Philharmonic of Russia, where he is a regularly featured guest, for two sets of concerts this season.
Masur continues as the Associate Conductor of the San Diego Symphony, and as Principal Guest Conductor of the Munich Symphony. He has had recent engagements with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden, Israel, and Japan Philharmonics; with the Orchestre National de Toulouse, and Hiroshima and Memphis Symphonies
Previous appointments include Assistant Conductor of the Orchestre National de France in Paris from 2004-2006, and Resident Conductor of the San Antonio Symphony in 2007. In 2010, Masur conducted the London Symphony Orchestra as one of three Finalists in the prestigious Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in London and in 2011, he was the recipient of the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood, where he returned once again upon invitation as a Fellow in 2012.
Ken-David Masur received his B.A. from Columbia University in New York City. From 1999-2002 he served as the first Music Director of the Bach Society Orchestra and Chorus there, which toured Germany and released a critically acclaimed album of symphonies and cantatas by W.F. Bach, C.P.E. Bach and J.S. Bach. He received further music studies at the Leipzig Conservatory, the Detmold Academy, the Manhattan School of Music and the “Hanns Eisler” Conservatory in Berlin, where he was a five-year master student of Bass-Baritone Thomas Quasthoff. Masur studied conducting primarily with his father Kurt Masur.
Together with his wife, pianist Melinda Lee Masur, Ken-David Masur serves as Artistic Director of the Chelsea Music Festival (www.chelseamusicfestival.org), an annual multi-media/multi-sensorial summer music festival in New York City , called "a gem of a series" by The New York Times. He also won a Grammy nomination form 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."