Kiki & David Gindler Artistic Director
GRANT GERSHON was named the Kiki and David Gindler Music Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale in 2001 and also serves as Resident Conductor of LA Opera. Heralded by critics, 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 Louis Andriessen, Christopher Rouse, Steve Reich, Gabriela Lena Frank 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); and five CDs with the Chorale: Glass-Salonen (RCM), You Are (Variations) (Nonesuch), Daniel Variations (Nonesuch), A Good Understanding (Decca), and, most recently, Miserere (Decca), featuring works by Henryk Górecki recorded in Walt Disney Concert Hall.
The 2013-14 season marks the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s 50th season with Mr. Gershon conducting 14 performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall, including an opening night multi-media spectacular celebrating the Chorale’s illustrious musical history (September 22, 2013), and a season finale featuring three world premieres by eminent composers Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Lang and LAMC Swan Family Composer In Residence Shawn Kirchner (June 8, 2014).
Among other notable engagements, Mr. Gershon conducted Handel's L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato in Edinburgh, Scotland for the Berkshire Choral Festival (June 2013), led a new production of Verdi’s La Traviata for Wolf Trap Opera with the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts (July 19, 2013), and accompanied a recital of French music with soprano Elissa Johnston, his wife, at Boston Court in Pasadena, California (July 27, 2013). Mr. Gershon, a tenor, makes two appearances at the Ravinia Festival, singing the quartet version of David Lang’s the little match girl passion with Johnston, mezzo-soprano Chorale member Adriana Manfredi and bass-baritone Cedric Berry (August 26, 2013), and conducts The Gospel According To The Other Mary with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra and the original cast of soloists (September 7, 2013). With LA Opera, he conducts Bizet’s Carmen at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (September 26, 28, and October 4, 2013). In celebration of composer Chinary Ung’s 70th birthday, Mr. Gershon conducts his critically acclaimed AURA at UC San Diego (November 13, 2013) He also guest conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a performance with the Chorale of Phillip Glass’ the CIVIL warS, the Rome Section at Disney Hall, (April 17 and 19, 2014), and conducts a concert with high school students from across the country at Carnegie Hall for Choirs of America (June 21, 2014).
In New York, Mr. Gershon has appeared 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 and Vienna Festivals. He has worked closely with many leading conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, Gustavo Dudamel, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Simon Rattle and Esa-Pekka Salonen. In 2007, Mr. Gershon conducted the Minnesota Opera’s world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera The Grapes of Wrath, which was recorded live for PS Classics. In 2008, he made his highly acclaimed LA Opera debut leading eight performances of Verdi’s La Traviata. In 2010 Gershon led the world premiere performances at LA Opera of Daniel Catán’s Il Postino featuring Plácido Domingo, which was subsequently broadcast on PBS’ Great Performances, and released on DVD by Sony Classical. Other highlights include conducting L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato in a co-production with LA Opera and Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center, featuring the Mark Morris Dance Group, and his Santa Fe Opera debut in 2011, conducting Peter Sellars’ new production of Vivaldi’s Griselda. In 2012, Mr. Gershon conducted LA Opera’s production of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. 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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