Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Ken, son of Kurt?

Who knew?

The San Antonio Symphony named Ken Masur, the son of longtime New York Philharmonic music director Kurt Masur, its new resident conductor. Masur replaces David In-Jae Cho, who is now the assistant conductor of the Utah Symphony. Masur will conduct 24 young people's concerts, four interactive family classics concerts and a summer series each season for the San Antonio Symphony.
Born in Leipzig, Masur studied orchestration with Tristan Murail, composition with Joseph Dubiel and conducting with his father and Jeffery Milarsky. A baritone as well, he studies with Thomas Quasthoff. He is currently music director of the Ensemble Berlinprojekt in Germany.
Ken Masur began his musical training as boy soprano in the legendary Gewandhaus Children’s Choir. He received his B.A. in music from Columbia University in 2002, and now gives regular concerts and lieder recitals in Europe, the US, and Asia. His 2005 CD of scenes from Mozart’s Così fan tutte received critical acclaim. Also active as a conductor, Ken was co-founder and music director of the Bach Society Orchestra and Chorus of Columbia University, and since 2004 has been Assistant Conductor of the Choir and National Orchestra at Radio France in Paris. He has been featured as both baritone and conductor on WKCR New York, RTHK4 Hong Kong, and Radio France. Upcoming engagements include performances at the Eurosilesia Festival in Poland and Les Muséiques in Basel.

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