Kiki & David Gindler Artistic Director
GRANT GERSHON is currently in his 14th 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 the 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 and Chinary Ung, among many others. His discography includes two Grammy Award-nominated recordings: SweeneyTodd (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 2014-15 season, Mr. Gershon conducts the Los Angeles Master Chorale in 14 performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall, including a trio of "Passions": Richard Einhorn's 1994 work Voices of Light/The Passion of Joan of Arc, inspired by and performed to the 1928 silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc (October 19, 2014); Bach's Passion According to St. Matthew (January 31 and February 1, 2015); and Tan Dun's extraordinary Water Passion After St. Matthew (April 11, 12, 2015). He also leads world premieres by LAMC Swan Family Composer in Residence Shawn Kirchner and Nack-Kum Paik (March 8, 2015), among other highlights.
In addition to his appearances with the Chorale, Mr. Gershon, a tenor, performs the quartet version of David Lang's the little match girl passion with soprano Elissa Johnston, mezzo-soprano Adriana Manfredi and bass-baritone Cedric Berry at Boston Court in Pasadena (September 19, 2014). With LA Opera, he conducts the late Daniel Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (November 22, 30, and December 10, 14, 18, 20, 2014). Also at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, he leads a performance of the LA Opera Orchestra, chorus and soloists, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and performers from the Center Theatre Group as part of The Music Center's 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration (December 6, 2014). In New York, he makes back-to-back appearances at the historic Trinity Wall Street, conducting the Trinity Baroque Orchestra and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street in a performance of Bach Cantatas (April 15, 2015), and the NOVUS NY Orchestra in a program of Berg, Milhaud and Messiaen (April 16, 2015). A third East Coast engagement features him with the Baltimore Symphony and Young Artists from the Washington Opera in "A Night at the Opera," (April 24, 25, 2015). He makes his debut with the prestigious Coro e Orchestra Del Teatro Regio Di Torino in Turin, Italy, to conduct the world premiere of James Newton's St. Matthew Passion, part of a trilogy of sacred works by the composer (May 30, 2015).
In New York, Mr. Gershon has appeared at Carnegie Hall as well as on the Great Performers series at Lincoln Center and on the Making Music series at Zankel Hall. Other major appearances include performances at the Ravinia, Aspen, Edinburgh, Helsinki, Salzburg and Vienna Festivals. He has worked closely with many numerous conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, Gustavo Dudamel, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Simon Rattle and 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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PRESS QUOTES ABOUT CONDUCTOR GRANT GERSHON
"An invigorating, inventive and enormously gifted young conductor"-Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times
"A first-rate conductor"-Opera News
"The performance was fluid, with voices blending seamlessly. At the end of a splendid, transcendent performance, the audience didn't so much leap to its feet as levitate." -Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times
"Gershon proved an exceptional accompanist in the pit. He elicited supple and beautiful playing from the orchestra, which seemed to breathe with the singers throughout." -Opera News
"Gershon has built an audience that trusts him, and that trust was repaid with an immaculately prepared and sung performance."- Los Angeles Times
"In the pit, Grant Gershon could do no wrong. This was the high calibre of instrumental playing that should be recorded to show future listeners how exciting Griselda can be when everything goes miraculously right."-Opera Today
"What really impressed was the needle-sharp quality of musical execution under Grant Gershon. This was as fine a reading as the piece [Greek by Mark Anthony Turnage] can hope to have..."-Andrew Clark, Financial Times
"Throughout this disc [A Good Understanding], Grant Gershon and his Los Angeles Master Chorale sing with suave vitality and expressive power, demonstrating why their reputation for excellence is well deserved."-Opera News
"...[John] Adams' music, conducted ebulliently by Grant Gershon"-Time Magazine
"The performance positively glitters; it seems quite clear that the Los Angeles Master Chorale under Grant Gershon is responding to the work's intrinsic
glow, the sense of spontaneity - the swing - in the music that Reich has rediscovered."-Ivan Moody, Gramophone
"Grant Gershon, best known as the music director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, proved an exacting, sensitive, deeply involving Verdi conductor.
Indeed, I could have been tricked into thinking that one of the world's top orchestras was in the pit, so well did the L.A. Opera orchestra play.
Blindfolded, I might have even been tricked into thinking the Pavilion was acoustically satisfactory.
"That Gershon commands forces expertly is something he has shown time and again at the Master Chorale, so the party scenes with the chorus and the many singers in small roles were handled with confidence. But it was in his attention to the individual singers and sheer beauty of string he got from the orchestra where Gershon came into his own. Despite the clichés on stage - the angel of death comes to walk Violetta away - this performance was musically scrubbed clean of convention. Verdi's harmonies stood out with emotional directness. Inner lines were brought forth with maximum clarity. Not a moment passed that didn't sound right or riveting.
Gershon has always shown a talent for opera. He chose the choral world instead. But after this 'Traviata,' I don't expect the opera companies are going to
leave him alone." -Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times
"…another innovative, sometimes off-kilter program that was unafraid to mix up the idioms, stretch outside the sanctified boundaries of so-called classical music, and provide a contemporary music experience that was both thoughtful and entertaining. This is what Gershon has done best in his nine years here - and it dovetailed right into the eclectic mission of West Coast, Left Coast. He even made a point of having all four of the evening's composers present at the pre-concert talk and curtain calls, as if to shout that there is still plenty of life in the choral medium." - Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times
"Grant Gershon, music director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, has made the ensemble into an important part of the city's cultural life."- Timothy Mangan, Orange County Register
"The Los Angeles Master Chorale and its music director, Grant Gershon, for whom You Are (Variations) was composed, gave the whole work a cogent, sizzling performance at Lincoln Center last weekend."-The Wall Street Journal
"Last week's Master Chorale concert at Disney offered fair evidence of Grant Gershon's enterprise in building his ensemble into a significant part of our musical life, offering concerts for the thinking listener as well as the pleasure-seeking.-Alan Rich, L.A. Weekly
"Mr. Gershon's sharp ensemble revealed the work as one of Mr. Reich's most radiant, inviting creations."-The New York Times
"On this occasion [the premiere of Christopher Rouse's Requiem], nearly 240 performers filled the stage and chorus benches of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Gershon led them with passion, élan and focus."-Musical America
"The Master Chorale and its orchestra have been making enormous strides technically under Gershon's direction. Rouse's Requiem is their biggest challenge to date. The performance was comprehensive and exalted."-Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times
"Music Director Grant Gershon again proved he's the master of the Chorale."-San Francisco Classical Voice
"[Peter] Sellars' staging works up a propulsive energy, with incalculable help from Grant Gershon's driving rock-band direction"- New York Newsday
"Grant Gershon conducted a terrific performance [of Daniel Variations by Steve Reich], one that took in the big picture but also delighted in rhythmically difficult details. Little surprise that these are the forces that will record the work for Nonesuch next month."- Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times
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