Ken-David Masur is quickly emerging as “a brilliant and commanding conductor with unmistakable charisma”on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond. His recent and upcoming engagements include the Dresden Philharmonic, the Russian National Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de Toulouse, the Munich Symphony, the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, the Collegium Musicum Basel, the Rio de Janeiro Symphony Orchestra and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra.
Before being appointed Resident Conductor of the San Antonio Symphony in 2007, Ken-David Masur served as Assistant conductor of the Orchestre National de France in Paris. Beginning with the 2011/12 season, he will serve as Principal Guest Conductor of the Munich Symphony as well as Assistant Conductor of the San Diego Symphony. He conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in 2010 as one of three Finalists in the prestigious Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in London and will conduct the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra as a conducting fellow of the Tanglewood Music Festival in the summer of 2011. Besides being lauded for his performances of the symphonic repertoire and his work as a sensitive accompanist in solo concertos, Ken-David Masur is a champion of the large symphonic vocal repertoire for which he has been highly praised. His work with the Radio Choir France, the Rheinsberg Festival, the London Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de France and the San Antonio Symphony, among others, have garnered Masur reviews such as: “The marvellous score could simply not have been any better realized”; “fluid, sensuous, energetic, emphatic... the lines were woven into long, coherent paragraphs. Tempi and dynamics were beautifully (not excessively) shaped to support the line. It all seemed to unfold naturally” [Incident Light]; and “of the entire production, it was the choruses who shined and did justice to Bach’s masterwork, . . . delivering a penetrating reading of St. Matthew’s Passion’s heavenly polyphony and powerful balancing of voices.”
Masur graduated from Columbia University in New York where he served as the first Music Director of the Bach Society Orchestra and Chorus, with which he toured Germany and released a critically acclaimed recording of music by J.S.Bach, C.P.E.Bach and W.F.Bach. He has studied conducting primarily with his father, Kurt Masur, and his other mentors include Jorma Panula, Larry Rachleff, Christopher Seaman, Jeffrey Milarsky and Helmut Rilling. Ken-David Masur recently won a Grammy® nomination for the Latin Recording Academy in the category of “Best Classical Album of the Year” for his work as a producer of the album "Salon Buenos Aires." He also serves as Artistic Director of the Chelsea Music Festival, an annual summer music festival in New York City, which features the world’s leading musicians and exciting newcomers on the international classical and jazz music stage.