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Julian Kuerti - Music Director Candidate

Quickly establishing himself as a significant interpreter of orchestral and operatic music, Canadian conductor Julian Kuerti has combined a confident style, artistic integrity and passion for collaboration to position himself at the forefront of the international music scene. Having been Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montreal and Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica Universidad de Concepción in Chile, Kuerti has made a reputation for himself both in the Americas and abroad.

During his time with Orchestre Métropolitain de Montreal, Kuerti lead numerous subscription concerts including performances of Schubert's "Great" Symphony and an all-Pelleas & Melisande programme (Faure/Sibelius/Schoenberg) at the Maison Symphonique de Montréal. In Chile, he conducted a wide variety of programmes, including staged operas, which have included Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Verdi's La Traviata, and Bizet's Carmen, as well as various symphonic programmes including a Beethoven marathon, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde and Verdi's Grand Messa di Requiem.

The 17/18 season sees Kuerti conduct Vasteras Sinfonietta, in a programme of Tally, Haydn and Mozart with Cellist Jakob Koranyi; a new production of Rusalka with Teatro Colon; Hindemith, Barber and Beethoven with Deutsche Radio Symphony with Violinist Nemanja Radulovic; an epic concert of Beethoven's Triple concerto and Prokofiev 5th Symphony with Kalamazoo Symphony; and concerts with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra with Symphonies by Ross Edwards, Mendelssohn and Rachmaninov Paganini variations with Stephen Hough.

In 16/17 Kuerti enjoyed further concerts with Orchestre Metropolitain de Montreal, conducting Tchaikovsky, Glière, Morel and Haydn's large-scale work, The Seven last Words of Christ. Kuerti continued to be a global presence, conducting the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra in Norway, with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, symphonic performances in Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires and a re-invitation to Fundación Excelentia to conduct Beethoven's Symphony No.9.

In Europe, Kuerti's guest engagements have brought him on numerous occasions to the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and Stavanger Symphony of Norway. He has also enjoyed concerts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Het Gelders Orchestra, Fundacion Excelentia in Madrid, Opera Toulon Provence Mediterranée, Bournemouth Symphony, RTE National Orchestra of Dublin, The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, Monte Carlo Philharmonic and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.
Closer to home, Kuerti also works with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Cincinnati, New Jersey, Quebec, Utah and Vancouver, and the St. Paul and Los Angeles chamber orchestras. In 2011, he made his New York City Opera debut at Lincoln Center leading Oliver Knussen's "Where the Wild Things Are."

In Asia and Australasia, Julian has worked with the Malaysian Philharmonic and the New Zealand Symphony. Being described as the "Epitome of cool graciousness" by The New Zealand Herald for his interpretation of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, Kuerti's appeal obviously extends much further than the performance platform.

In 2014, Kuerti began extensive research into the work of Chilean composer Enrique Soro, culminating in the preparation of a critical edition for performance of his Sinfonica Romantica. He led concerts featuring this work with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Concepcion in November 2015, which were recorded for television broadcast. The months of work preparing this symphony for publication and the final performance itself is the subject of an upcoming documentary film, Recording Romantica by Chilean filmmaker Carlos Pérez.

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 James Levine at the Boston Symphony, completing his three-year tenure in 2010. During the 2006-07 season, he was assistant conductor to Ivan Fischer at the Budapest Festival Orchestra, 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.                                         updated August 2017

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)