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News for 01.23.15

Ken-David Masur steps in, makes impressive debut

January 23, 2015 at 12:01 pm
By David Wright

Ken-David Masur conducted the BSO with cellist Johannes Moser Thursday night. Photo: Hilary Scott

Rule One for assistant conductors: Don’t upstage the boss.
Ken-David Masur, assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since last September, didn’t plan any such thing.  He wasn’t e ...
News for 05.09.14

BSO appoints Ken-David Masur as new assistant conductor

Masur, currently the principal guest conductor of the Munich Symphony and associate conductor of the San Diego Symphony, will begin a two-year term as an assistant conductor at the Boston Symphony Orchestra later this year. He will lead his first concert in that role at Tanglewood in 2015, with a Symphony Hall performance later in the year. Of ...
News for 12.09.13

Masterful “Ode to Joy”

December is high season for the performance of choral music, and every weekend of this month offers a cornucopia of choral
Ken-David Masur [photo (c) Beth Ross Buckley]

concerts. The San Diego Symphony and its customary ally the San Diego Master Chorale weighed in with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (understandably known as the “Choral ...
News for 02.27.13

Conductor Ken-David Masur Joins Colbert Artists

It is our great pleasure to welcome KEN-DAVID MASUR to the Colbert Artists Roster.

Born in Leipzig and raised there and in New York, Ken-David Masur is an international conductor and multi-talented artist who brings the strengths of a central-European pedigree and tradition vibrantly into the 21st Century.

He currently holds the position of ...
News for 01.21.13

Debut with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra

MSO shines in smart, casual performance at Lindenwood
A concert at Lindenwood Christian Church might not suggest an intimate event, what
with its high ceiling and an imposing array of organ pipes overlooking the sanctuary.
It can, however, seem downright cozy compared to a performance at the Cannon
Center for the Performing Arts, where ...
News for 10.31.12

Last minute replacement with San Diego Symphony

Assistant conductor Ken-David Masur stepped in this past Sunday for the first half of the concert after Ling had fallen at home earlier in the day
Accidents happen, and this past Sunday, San Diego Symphony’s music director, Jahja Ling, accidentally fell at home and injured his back. But with his customary concern for the Symphony and patrons ...
News for 08.08.12

Ken-David Masur Boston Symphony Debut

By • August 8, 2012 •
Gerhard Oppitz Plays Mozart’s C Minor Piano Concerto, K. 491, Ken-David Masur Conducting the BSO. Photo Hilary Scott.

Sunday, July 22, 2.30 pm
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Kurt Masur and Ken-David Masur, conductors
Gerhard Oppitz, piano
All-Mozart – Program
Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Ken-David)
Piano ...
News for 07.31.12

Messiaen Oiseaux Exotiques with TMC Orchestra

July 31, 2012 at 8:48 am by Joseph Dalton

By Joseph Dalton
LENOX, Mass. – There was a crisp bite and rhythmic charge to everything on Monday’s program at Ozawa Hall.  Though listed as a performance of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, there was never a true orchestra onstage.  The first half consisted of pieces for large ...
News for 07.28.12

Schoenberg Piano Concerto with Emmanuel Ax at Tanglewood

Excerpt from the article "Making Sense of Three Modern Classics" by Larry Wallach of the Berkshire Review
Tanglewood Music Festival
Ozawa Hall, Monday July 23
The Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra
conducted by Stefan Asbury and Ken-David Masur
Charles Ives – Three Places in New England (Asbury)
Arnold Schoenberg – Piano Concerto op. 42, with ...
News for 07.24.12

NYTimes "The Masurs, Father and Son, Share the Baton"

By  LENOX, Mass. — When the conductor Kurt Masur, who has looked increasingly frail in recent years and who turned 85 on Wednesday, fell off a podium and into the audience in Paris in April, breaking a shoulder blade, it was announced that he would be unable to conduct until October. But that was to reckon without Mr. Masur’s ...
News for 05.11.12

Ken-David Masur makes strong debut with San Diego Symphony

By James Chute
Friday, May 11, 2012

With a warhorse like Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, every member of the orchestra has played the piece multiple times, likely starting in a high school youth orchestra.
The San Diego Symphony alone had performed it at least 15 times before Friday’s Masterworks concert in Copley Symphony Hall. So i ...
News for 10.01.11

San Diego Symphony Gala Opening

[...] The orchestra’s new assistant conductor Ken-David Masur introduced himself in a fearless account of Hérold’s Overture to “Zampa.” He commanded the orchestra’s full attention and even brought his own touches to the piece. [...]
News for 09.12.11

Tanglewood Fellowship reflections 2011 by Keith Kibler of the Berkshire Review

The absence of Maestro Levine being the case, this might have been a disappointing summer for the Tanglewood Music Center. Recent alumni of the Center singing Pelléas et Mélisandewith him was to have been the highlight of the season for me. As it turned out, it wasn’t a disappointing summer, and it wasn’t disappointing in surprising ...
News for 08.10.11

Review from Festival of Contemporary Music at Tanglewood

"Wayne Peterson’s “Transformations,’’ a chamber symphony given an opulent reading under the sharp direction of Tanglewood Fellow Ken-David Masur, cruised in colorful contemporary-music fashion, but with the crisp rhythmic profile and polished instrumental choirs of a big band under the hood." (Matthew Guerrieri, Globe Correspondent)
News for 07.08.11

Review of Barber's Second Essay at Tanglewood

"Ken-David Masur led an assured, eloquent reading of Barber’s work, controlling the pace, flow, and balance so as to lead securely through the fugal complexities to the climactic passage with full dramatic conviction and textural clarity. The playing was appropriately characterful and accomplished." (The Berkshire Review)
News for 06.20.11

Seiji Ozawa Fellowship at Tanglewood

As this year's recipient of the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellowship at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Ken-David Masur will conduct concerts ranging from Large Orchestral Works to chamber works and vocal performances as well as new compositions for the New Music Festival.
News for 04.13.11

Ken-David & Melinda Lee Masur, Artistic Directors of the Chelsea Music Festival in New York City, announce the 2011 summer schedule.

The Chelsea Music Festival announces today its second annual Festival Week from June 14-18, 2011.  This year, join world-class musicians for five event-filled days of music and art featuring spectacular locations across the Chelsea neighborhood in programs celebrating Franz Liszt and Gustav Mahler.  Inspired by Chelsea’s rich history and v ...
News for 03.26.11

Debut with the National Philharmonic of Russia

Conductor Ken-David has made his Moscow debut with the National Philharmonic of Russia conducting an All-Beethoven Program including the Overture to "Coriolan," the Triple Concerto with the "Wanderer"-Trio as well as Symphony #6 "Pastoral." He was immediately reinvited to conduct two more subscription weeks in the 2012/13 season.
News for 11.04.10

Ken-David Masur one of three finalists at the Donatella Flick conducting competition to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra on thursday, Nov.4

Ken-David Masur will be one of three Finalists at the Donatella Flick Int'l Conducting Competition in London where he will perform with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican in front of HRH the Duke of Kent, Sir Colin Davis and other dignitaries.
News for 10.21.10

Mahler "Das Lied von der Erde" with Dresden Philharmonic

"Ken-David Masur lead the Orchestra and Soloists through the work with an extraordinary sense for its dramatic shades, earning boisterous applause from the audience."
(Michael Ernst, "Music in Dresden")
News for 10.15.10

A young conductor blooms

A young conductor blooms

It would seem that Ken-David Masur, now in his fourth season as resident conductor of the San Antonio Symphony, crossed a line sometime this year -- the line between skill and talent. 

On Oct. 22 in the Majestic Theater, Masur led the orchestra in a program of Italian works from three centuries. The main event was ...
News for 09.09.10

9/8/10 - Conductor Ken-David Masur receives a nomination for "Best Classical Album" at the Latin GRAMMYs

9/8/10 - Conductor Ken-Daivd Masur receives a nomination for "Best Classical Album" at the Latin GRAMMYs as co-producer of "Salon Beunos Aires". The Latin Grammy's 2010 will be held in Las Vegas on November 11th and broadcast live on National Television.