The San Diego Symphony has appointed Ken-David Masur as its assistant conductor, effective immediately

The San Diego Symphony has appointed Ken-David Masur as its assistant conductor, effective immediately.

Masur, the artistic director of the Chelsea Music Festival in New York City, is the former assistant conductor of the Orchestre National de France. He is resident conductor of the San Antonio Symphony and was recently named Principal Guest Conductor of the Munich Symphony, starting this season.

Born in Leipzig, Germany, Masur started piano studies at age 6, was a member of the Gewandhaus Children’s Choir at age 9, studied trumpet in the pre-college division of the Music Conservatory of Westchester in New York, and graduated from Columbia University, where he played trumpet in the university orchestra and was music director of the Orchestra for Asian Music.

He has also studied conducting with his father, Kurt Masur, and voice with baritone Thomas Quasthoff. Most recently, he was the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellow at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony.

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