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Julian Kuerti - Music Director

Gaining a strong international reputation for his interpretations of both orchestral and operatic music, Canadian conductor Julian Kuerti combined a confident style, artistic integrity, and passion for collaboration, bringing him to the forefront of the music scene. The 2018-19 season was Maestro Kuerti’s first conducting the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.

KSO Music Director Julian Kuerti conducting the KSOHe is Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montreal and Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción in Chile. Last season’s international conducting highlights included performances with Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional in Lima, Orquesta Santa Cecilia Madrid, and Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana in Palermo.

Maestro Kuerti has led major symphony orchestras and appeared in important opera houses on five continents. Some of his guest engagements have included the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the symphonies of Houston, Dallas, Cincinnati, Seattle, New Jersey, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Utah, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the St. Paul and Los Angeles chamber orchestras. In South America, he has enjoyed numerous symphonic performances in Chile, Peru, and Argentina. In Asia and Australasia, he worked with the Sydney Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, and New Zealand Symphony. His extensive work in Europe has included the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Stavanger Symphony of Norway, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Opera Toulon Provence Mediterranée, Bournemouth Symphony, RTE National Orchestra of Dublin, The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, and the Monte Carlo Philharmonic.

From 2007-2010 Maestro Kuerti served as Assistant Conductor at the Boston Symphony, where he conducted the orchestra at Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood. During the 2006-2007 season, he was Assistant Conductor at the Budapest Festival Orchestra. 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. Maestro 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.

In 2014, Maestro Kuerti began extensive research into the work of Chilean composer Enrique Soro, culminating in 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 a documentary film, “Recording Romantica,” by Chilean filmmaker Carlos Pérez.

Maestro Kuerti began his conducting studies at the University of Toronto, continuing with the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors in Maine. He was Apprentice Conductor to Boris Brott with Canada’s National Academy Orchestra. He studied at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen and at the NAC Conductors Programme in Ottawa. He completed his studies at the University of the Arts Berlin, and he has had the opportunity to work with some of the most distinguished soloists of our time, including Yo-Yo Ma, Leon Fleisher, Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, and Peter Serkin.                                         

Updated September 2019

To learn more visit: www.juliankuerti.com.