Kiki & David Gindler Artistic Director
GRANT GERSHON is currently in his 15th season as the Kiki & David Gindler Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and also serves as Resident Conductor of LA Opera. The Los Angeles Times declares that the Chorale "has become the most exciting chorus in the country under Grant Gershon" and Opera News proclaims him "a first-rate conductor." During his tenure with the Chorale, he has led more than 100 performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall, including virtually all of the major works in the choral repertoire. A champion of new music as well, Mr. Gershon has led world premiere performances of major works by John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Lang, Louis Andriessen, Christopher Rouse, Steve Reich, Morten Lauridsen, Ricky Ian Gordon, Gabriela Lena Frank, Shawn Kirchner and Chinary Ung, among many others. His discography includes two Grammy Award-nominated recordings: Sweeney Todd (New York Philharmonic Special Editions) and Ligeti's Grand Macabre (Sony Classical); five commercial CDs with the Chorale: Glass-Salonen (RCM), You Are (Variations) (Nonesuch), Daniel Variations (Nonesuch), A Good Understanding (Decca), and Miserere (Decca); and a digital recording featuring some of the Chorale's signature a cappella works available online-only at LAMC.org, iTunes and Amazon.com.
During the 2015-16 season, Mr. Gershon conducts the Los Angeles Master Chorale in 15 performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall, including three world premieres by Los Angeles-based composers, Nilo Alcala, Paul Chihara and Moira Smiley; the U.S. premiere of The Salvage Men by Emmy Award-nominated House of Cards composer Jeff Beal; and the West Coast premieres of The Canticle of the Sun by Russian-born composer Sofia Gubaidulina featuring Robert deMaine, principal cellist for the LA Phil, and Julia Wolfe's Pulitzer Prize-winning Anthracite Fields about the Pennsylvania coal region, featuring Bang On A Can All-Stars and a multimedia backdrop by visual artist and scenic designer Jeff Sugg. He also launches "Hidden Handel," a multi-year initiative showcasing semi-staged/multimedia productions of five of the composer's great but underrepresented oratorios designed in collaboration with leading directors and artists, and commencing with a partially-staged production of Handel's Alexander's Feast, created for the Chorale by eminent stage director Trevore Ross. Additionally, Mr. Gershon conducts the Verdi Requiem and the Chorale's first-ever performance of Gregorio Allegri's Miserere, among other highlights.
With LA Opera, he conducts six performances of Puccini's Gianni Schicchi staged by Woody Allen and featuring Plácido Domingo in the title role (Sept. 12, 17, 20, 24, 27, and Oct. 3, 2015).
In New York, Mr. Gershon has appeared at Carnegie Hall and at the historic Trinity Wall Street, as well as on the Great Performers series at Lincoln Center and the Making Music series at Zankel Hall. Other major appearances include performances at the Ravinia, Aspen, Edinburgh, Helsinki, Salzburg and Vienna Festivals, and with the Baltimore Symphony and the Coro e Orchestra Del Teatro Regio Di Torino in Turin, Italy. He has worked closely with numerous conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, Gustavo Dudamel, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Simon Rattle and his mentor, Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Mr. Gershon, who, among other accolades, was named Outstanding Alumnus of the USC Thornton School of Music, is a member of the Board of Advisors for the
Thornton School and the Board of Directors of Chorus America.
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