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Boston Symphony Orchestra Associate Conductor Ken-David Masur makes his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia in summer 2018, leading two all-Tchaikovsky programs, then returns to Tanglewood to conduct the Boston Symphony Orchestra in music of Glinka, Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with Kirill Gerstein, and Stravinsky's Firebird. He travels to Tokyo at summer's end to conduct workshops and a concert celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Mendelssohn Foundation in Japan. In October 2018 he leads a subscription week with the BSO. Guest engagements in the coming season include those with the Louisville Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, and Chicago Civic Orchestra, plus concerts abroad with the National Philharmonic of Russia, Collegium Musicum Basel, Stavanger Symphony, and Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra in France. Recent performance highlights include weeks with the Milwaukee, Colorado, and Portland (ME) symphonies and returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Munich Symphony, where he is Principal Guest Conductor, and 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, Mr. Masur frequently conducts the Chicago Civic Orchestra, Boston University Tanglewood Institute orchestra, 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 multimedia production of music, art, and cuisine, which in June 2018 presented its 9th season, "Bach 333," in New York City. Its productions are varied and internationally themed, always including premieres of new works by young and established composers. The New York Times frequently features the festival amongst its Best Classical picks of the season.
In 2011 Ken-David Masur was the recipient of the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood, where he was invited to return as a Fellow in 2012. He made his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut at Tanglewood in July 2012, sharing a program with his father, conductor Kurt Masur. He became a BSO assistant conductor in fall 2014. Previous appointments include associate conductor of the San Diego Symphony, assistant conductor of the Orchestre National de France, and resident conductor of the San Antonio Symphony. He has had guest engagements with the Dresden, Israel, and Japan Philharmonics; with the Orchestre National de Toulouse, and the Hiroshima, Omaha, and Memphis symphonies. Ken-David Masur has recently made recordings with the English Chamber Orchestra and violinist Fanny Clamagirand, as well as 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. 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."
Ken-David Masur, conductor
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Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International
Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself
worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical
prowess. Although long regarded as one of the world's leading
exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, Mr. Ohlsson commands an
enormous repertoire, which ranges over the entire piano literature.
A student of the late Claudio Arrau, Mr. Ohlsson has come to be
noted for his masterly performances of the works of Mozart,
Beethoven and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire. To date
he has at his command more than 80 concertos, ranging from Haydn
and Mozart to works of the 21st century, many commissioned for him.
This season that vast repertoire can be sampled in concerti ranging
from Rachmaninoff's popular Third and rarely performed Fourth, to
Brahms Nos. 1 and 2, Beethoven, Mozart, Grieg and Copland in cities
including Philadelphia, Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas, Miami, Toronto,
Vancouver, San Francisco, Liverpool, and Madrid ending with a
spring US West Coast tour with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic
conducted by Yuri Temirkanov. In recital he can be heard in LA's
Walt Disney Concert Hall, New York, New Orleans, Hawaii and
A frequent guest with the orchestras in Australia, Mr. Ohlsson
has recently visited Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide
and Hobart as well as the New Zealand Symphony in Wellington and
Auckland. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Ohlsson has collaborated
with the Takacs, Cleveland, Emerson, and Tokyo string quartets,
among other ensembles.
Together with violinist Jorja Fleezanis and cellist Michael
Grebanier, he is a founding member of the San Francisco-based FOG
Trio. Passionate about singing and singers, Mr. Ohlsson has
appeared in recital with such legendary artists as Magda Olivero,
Jessye Norman, and Ewa Podles.
Mr. Ohlsson can be heard on the Arabesque, RCA Victor Red Seal,
Angel, BMG, Delos, Hänssler, Nonesuch, Telarc, Hyperion and Virgin
Classics labels. His ten-disc set of the complete Beethoven
Sonatas, for Bridge Records, has garnered critical acclaim,
including a GRAMMY® for Vol. 3. His recording of Rachmaninoff's
Concerto No. 3, with the Atlanta Symphony and Robert Spano, was
released in 2011. In the fall of 2008 the English label Hyperion
re-released his 16-disc set of the Complete Works of Chopin
followed in 2010 by all the Brahms piano variations, "Goyescas" by
Enrique Granados, and music of Charles Tomlinson Griffes. Most
recently on that label are Scriabin's Complete Poèmes, Smetana
Czech Dances, and ètudes by Debussy, Bartok and Prokofiev. The
latest CDs in his ongoing association with Bridge Records are
"Close Connections," a recital of 20th-Century pieces, and two CDs
of works by Liszt with Scriabin complete sonatas due for release
this season. In recognition of the Chopin bicentenary in 2010, Mr.
Ohlsson was featured in a documentary "The Art of Chopin"
co-produced by Polish, French, British and Chinese television
stations. Most recently, both Brahms concerti and Tchaikovsky's
second piano concerto were released on live performance recordings
with the Melbourne and Sydney Symphonies on their own recording
labels, and Mr. Ohlsson was featured on Dvorak's piano concerto in
the Czech Philharmonic's live recordings of the composer's complete
symphonies & concertos, released July of 2014 on the Decca
A native of White Plains, N.Y., Garrick Ohlsson began his piano
studies at the age of 8, at the Westchester Conservatory of Music;
at 13 he entered The Juilliard School, in New York City. His
musical development has been influenced in completely different
ways by a succession of distinguished teachers, most notably
Claudio Arrau, Olga Barabini, Tom Lishman, Sascha Gorodnitzki,
Rosina Lhévinne and Irma Wolpe. Although he won First Prizes at the
1966 Busoni Competition in Italy and the 1968 Montréal Piano
Competition, it was his 1970 triumph at the International Chopin
Competition in Warsaw, where he won the Gold Medal (and remains the
single American to have done so), that brought him worldwide
recognition as one of the finest pianists of his generation. Since
then he has made nearly a dozen tours of Poland, where he retains
immense personal popularity. Mr. Ohlsson was awarded the Avery
Fisher Prize in 1994 and received the 1998 University Musical
Society Distinguished Artist Award in Ann Arbor, MI. He is also the
2014 recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance
from the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music. He makes
his home in San Francisco.
Garrick Ohlsson, piano