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KENNETH SCHERMERHORN

A native of Schenectady, New York, Kenneth Schermerhorn was a trumpet player before beginning his conducting career with the United States 7th Army Symphony.

From 1963 until 1965, Kenneth Schermerhorn presided over the New Jersey Symphony as music director. Previously, following studies with Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood, he served as assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic for the 1959–60 season.

Music director of the Milwaukee Symphony from 1968 until 1980, Schermerhorn was credited for its development into one of America’s major orchestras. Highlights of his tenure with the Milwaukee Symphony included eight national tours as well as leading the orchestra in its Carnegie Hall début and at five return engagements.

During his time as music director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic he was credited with dramatically developing and enhancing the orchestra, shaping it into something substantial, as he did in Milwaukee. By the time Schermerhorn left Hong Kong, the orchestra was held by most critical observers to be Asia’s finest classical ensemble.

Schermerhorn led the gala celebration of the Metropolitan Opera’s Centennial in 1983, which was broadcast worldwide on PBS. He also conducted the opera companies of San Francisco, San Diego, Edmonton, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Milwaukee (Florentine) and Nashville.

Kenneth Schermerhorn was a most versatile conductor, equally at ease with symphonic repertoire, opera and ballet. Becoming music director of the Nashville Symphony in 1983, he steered the ensemble to new levels of artistic achievement and public support. On September 25, 2000, he led the orchestra in its début performance on the “world’s stage,” Carnegie Hall. The Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee was named in his honour.

Schermerhorn’s career led him to podiums around the world, including appearances in Australia, China and Japan. In the USA his guest conducting engagements included the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Detroit, New Jersey, San Antonio, Columbus, Delaware, Chattanooga and Seattle.

For Naxos, Kenneth Schermerhorn conducted the Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in a recording of Sibelius and latterly his own Nashville Symphony in “American Classics” discs of Hanson (Naxos 8.559072) and Ives (Naxos 8.559076). On Marco Polo he conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic in recordings of Glazunov, Villa-Lobos, Richard Strauss and, with Takako Nishizaki as soloist, a particularly well-received recording of Cesar Cui’s Suite Concertante Op 25 (Naxos 8.220308). Schermerhorn also conducted on a disc of works by Chinese composers made by the orchestra on the occasion of the First Contemporary Chinese Composers’ Festival held in 1986.

Kenneth Schermerhorn passed away in April 2005.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Sacred Naxos 8.501062
Night Music Vol 1 Naxos 8.505008
The Very Best Of Naxos 8.502020


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Conductor 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
101 GREAT ORCHESTRAL CLASSICS, Vol. 7 Naxos
8.551147
Orchestral
101 GREAT ORCHESTRAL CLASSICS, Vol. 8 Naxos
8.551148
Orchestral
101 GREAT ORCHESTRAL CLASSICS, Vol. 10 Naxos
8.551150
Orchestral
AMERICAN CLASSICS SAMPLER Naxos
8.559118
Orchestral
ANIMALS IN MUSIC Naxos
8.578281-82
Orchestral
BALLADE - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556604
Orchestral
BEACH: Piano Concerto / 'Gaelic' Symphony Naxos
8.559139
Concertos, Orchestral
BEETHOVEN (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.552105-06
Choral - Sacred
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Genius of Beethoven (The) Naxos
8.578194
Choral - Sacred
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Missa Solemnis (L. Phillips, Redmon, J. Taylor, Baylon, Nashville Symphony and Chorus, Schermerhorn) Naxos
8.557060
Choral - Sacred
BERNSTEIN: West Side Story Naxos
8.559126
Musicals
CAFE CLASSICS (AUSTRALIA ONLY) Naxos
8.555258-59
Orchestral
CARTER: Piano Concerto / Symphony No. 1 / Holiday Overture Naxos
8.559151
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
CHADWICK: Thalia / Melpomene / Euterpe Naxos
8.559117
Orchestral
CINEMA CLASSICS 2004 Naxos
8.556813
Musicals
CINEMA CLASSICS, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.556622
Orchestral
Classics at the Movies: Adventure Naxos
8.556802
Orchestral
CUI: Suite Concertante Op. 25 / Suite Miniature Op. 20 Marco Polo
8.220308
Orchestral
Discover the Classics, Vol. 2 Naxos Educational
8.554246-47
Orchestral
EXPLORE AMERICA Naxos
8.559187
Musicals
EXTREME CLASSICS Naxos
8.557941-42
Orchestral
FAMOUS MARCHES Naxos
8.571074
Orchestral
FAMOUS SYMPHONIC POEMS, VOL. 1 Naxos
8.553243
Orchestral
GLAZUNOV: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 Marco Polo
8.220309
Orchestral
GOULD, M.: Fall River Legend / Jekyll and Hyde Variations (Neal, Nashville Symphony, Schermerhorn) Naxos
8.559242
Orchestral, Ballet
GREAT ORCHESTRAL CLASSICS 7 (Australia) Naxos
8.570042
Orchestral
GREAT ORCHESTRAL CLASSICS 8 (Australia) Naxos
8.570043
Orchestral
GREAT ORCHESTRAL CLASSICS 10 (Australia) Naxos
8.570045
Orchestral
GREAT SACRED MASTERPIECES (10-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.501062
Choral - Sacred
HANSON: Symphony No. 1, 'Nordic' / Merry Mount Suite Naxos
8.559072
Orchestral
Intermezzo: Intermezzi from Operas Naxos
8.554703
Orchestral
Intermezzo: Intermezzos from Carmen, Cavalleria Rusiticana, Pagliacci and more Naxos
8.570046
Orchestral
IVES: Symphony No. 2 / Robert Browning Overture Naxos
8.559076
Orchestral
KLASSISKA FAVORITER, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.550554
Orchestral
MARCHES (FAMOUS) Naxos
8.553596
Orchestral
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - FINLAND: A Musical Tour of Helsinki and the Finnish landscape (NTSC) Naxos
2.110508
Classical Concert
NIGHT MUSIC 4 Naxos
8.556818
Orchestral
NIGHT MUSIC, VOL. 4 Naxos
8.551124
Orchestral
NIGHT MUSIC, VOL. 9 Naxos
8.556823
Orchestral
PILGRIM'S PROGRESS: PIONEERS OF AMERICAN CLASSICAL MUSIC Naxos
8.559200
Concertos
RUBINSTEIN, A.: Violin Concerto / CUI, C.: Suite Concertante (Takako Nishizaki, Slovak Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Halasz, Schermerhorn) Naxos
8.555244
Orchestral
SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL Naxos
8.571098
Orchestral
SIBELIUS (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556677
Orchestral
SIBELIUS COLLECTION Naxos
8.550803
Orchestral
SIBELIUS: Finlandia Naxos
8.550103
Orchestral
SOMMER Naxos
8.503045
Orchestral
SONATA - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556609
Orchestral
SORCERER'S APPRENTICE AND OTHER ORCHESTRAL FAVOURITES Naxos
8.554066
Orchestral
STORY OF AMERICAN CLASSICAL MUSIC (THE) Naxos Educational
8.558164-65
Orchestral, Concertos, Musicals, Orchestral
STRAUSS, R.: Symphony No. 1 in D Minor / Interludio Marco Polo
8.220323
Orchestral
THE BEST OF MARCO POLO Marco Polo
8.223002
Orchestral
ULTIMATE MUSICALS COLLECTION (THE) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120854-55
Nostalgia
VILLA-LOBOS: Bachianas brasileiras (Complete) Naxos
8.557460-62
Orchestral, Vocal, Orchestral
VILLA-LOBOS: Choros Nos. 8 and 9 Naxos
8.555241
Orchestral
VILLA-LOBOS: Choros Nos. 8 and 9 Marco Polo
8.220322
Orchestral





 
 
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