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Kenneth Kiesler, one of the most prominent conductors of his generation and one of the world’s sought-after mentors of conductors, has conducted the National Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Paris, and the orchestras of Utah, Detroit, Indianapolis, San Diego, New Jersey, Jerusalem, Haifa, Osaka, Pusan, Daejeon, Jalisco, São Paulo (OSESP), and the Aspen, Meadowbrook, Skaneateles, Sewanee, and Atlantic festivals among others. He has led dozens of premières and recordings, Bright Sheng’s The Silver River in Singapore, and Peter Grimes and Il Turco in Italia at Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Conductor laureate of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, he led débuts at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall while music director from 1980–2000. Director of Orchestras at the University of Michigan since 1995, he has been director of the National Arts Centre Conductors Program (Canada) and Vendôme Academy for Young Conductors (France), and is Director of the Conductors Retreat at Medomak (Maine) and conducting programs of International Masterclasses Berlin. He has led masterclasses in New York, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Moscow, São Paulo, Mexico City, Oxford, and the Royal Academy of Music, London. Kiesler received the 2011 American Prize in Conducting, the silver medal at the 1986 Stokowski Competition, and the American Symphony Orchestra League’s 1988 Thompson award for outstanding American music director under the age of 35. His teachers include Carlo Maria Giulini, Fiora Contino, Julius Herford, Erich Leinsdorf, John Nelson, and James Wimer. He was in the Leonard Bernstein American Conductors Program and Pierre Boulez’s Carnegie Hall Centenary conducting class with L’Ensemble InterContemporain.

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