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Julian Kuerti - Music Director Candidate

One of the most significant conducting talents to emerge in recent years, Canadian conductor Julian Kuerti has quickly made a name for himself with his confident style, artistic integrity and passion for musical collaboration.  Recently appointed Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción in Chile, Kuerti has led numerous orchestras across North America including the Boston, Houston, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Seattle, Montreal and Toronto symphony orchestras; Los Angeles Philharmonic; and the National Arts Centre Orchestra at the 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad.  He made his New York City Opera debut at Lincoln Center in 2011 leading Oliver Knussen’s “Where the Wild Things Are.”  In 2010, he completed his three-year post as assistant conductor to James Levine at the Boston Symphony.

Kuerti was born in Toronto into one of Canada’s most distinguished musical families; his father is famed pianist Anton Kuerti.  He began his instrumental training on the violin, studying with some of Canada’s finest teachers.  While completing an honors degree in engineering and physics at the University of Toronto, Kuerti kept up the violin, performing as concertmaster and soloist with various Canadian orchestras.  After taking a year off and touring Brazil with Kahana, a Toronto-based world-music band, Kuerti began his conducting studies in the year 2000 at the University of Toronto.  That summer he was accepted as a student at the renowned Pierre Monteux School for Conductors in Maine, where he studied for two years with Michael Jinbo and Claude Monteux.

Kuerti studied with David Zinman at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen in 2004, and with acclaimed Finnish Maestro Jorma Panula at the NAC Conductors Programme in Ottawa.  In 2005, he was one of two conducting fellows at Tanglewood, where he had the opportunity to learn in masterclasses from James Levine, Kurt Masur, Stefan Asbury and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, performing with the TMC orchestra and fellows throughout the summer. That same year, Kuerti also finished his work with Lutz Köhler at the University of the Arts Berlin, whom he had studied with since 2001.

Kuerti served as assistant conductor to Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra during the 2006/07 season, which he led in performances of Viktor Ullmann’s opera “Der Kaiser von Atlantis” the following season.  From 2005 to 2008, he was founding artistic director and principal conductor of Berlin’s Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, with whom he recorded the album “When We Were Trees” by Italian cellist and composer Giovanni Sollima for Sony/BMG.  Kuerti conducted the Boston Symphony Chamber Players in music by Golijov and Foss on “Plain Song, Fantastic Dances,” released in 2011 on the BSO’s own label.

To learn more visit: www.juliankuerti.com.

Maestro Kuerti will lead the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in: Beethoven & Prokofiev.  Miller Auditorium | Saturday, May 19, 2018  | 8pm (Prelude at 7pm)