Conductor and Grammy-nominated producer Ken-David Masur has been hailed as “fearless” [San Diego Union Tribune] and “a brilliant and commanding conductor” [Leipziger Volkszeitung]. He currently serves as new Music Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. In recent seasons he has made successful debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and Detroit Symphony orchestras, and has further conducted the Dresden, Israel, and Japan Philharmonics, the Orchestre National de Toulouse, the Hiroshima, Omaha, Colorado and Memphis Symphonies, as well as the Orchestre National de France in Paris and the National Philharmonic of Russia.
Ken-David 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 was educated at the Leipzig Conservatory, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Children‘s Chorus, the Detmold Academy, the “Hanns Eisler” Conservatory in Berlin and Columbia University, where he served as first Music Director of the Bach Society Orchestra and Chorus from 1999-2002.
Ken-David Masur has recently made recordings with the English Chamber Orchestra and violinist Fanny Clamagirand, and with the Stavanger Symphony. 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. With his wife Melinda Lee Masur, he serves as Artistic Director of the Chelsea Music Festival, an annual music festival in NYC hailed as “an impressive addition to New York’s cultural ecosystem” [Time Out New York].