Message from Mo. Masur 

Ken-David Masur was born in Leipzig in 1977, the son of world-renowned conductor Kurt Masur and Japanese soprano Tomoko Sakurai. He currently serves as Principal Conductor of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and Music Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. 

In the 2021/2022 season Masur leads a range of detailed programs with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He recently debuted with the San Francisco Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestras and will lead performances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Rochester Philharmonic, to name but a few. 

Masur has conducted distinguished orchestras around the world, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago and Detroit Symphonies, l’Orchestre National de France, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the National Philharmonic of Russia. In addition to regular appearances at Ravinia, Tanglewood, and the Hollywood Bowl, Masur has conducted internationally at festivals such as the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, the Festival of Colmar in France, Denis Matsuev’s White Lilac Festival in Russia, the Tongyeong Festival in South Korea, and the TV Asahi Festival in Tokyo. 

Previously Masur was 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, Joshua Bell, Kirill Gerstein, Nikolaj Lugansky, and more. 

Music education and working with the next generation of young artists are of major importance to Masur. In addition to his work with the young musicians of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, he has led orchestras and masterclasses at the New England Conservatory, Boston University, Boston Conservatory, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and at leading universities and conservatories in Asia, Europe, and South America. 

Masur has released many critically acclaimed recordings, most recently with the English Chamber Orchestra and violinist Fanny Clamagirand, and with the Stavanger Symphony. As founding Music Director of the Bach Society Orchestra and Chorus at Columbia University, he toured Germany and released an album of symphonies and cantatas by W.F. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, and J.S. Bach. 

This is his first appearance at PMF.

Appearing on:

◆PMF 2022 Opening Concert
 July 16 (Sat) Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
◆PMF Orchestra Concert
 July 17 (Sun) Tomakomai Shimin Kaikan
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 in D major Op. 107 "Reformation"
and more
◆PMF Link Up Concert
 July 19 (Tue)  Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
◆PMF Host City Orchestra Concert

 July 22 (Fri) Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara

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