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This profile was last updated on 8/31/14  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Mr. Kenneth Kiesler

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Founder and Director

Phone: (734) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: k***@***.org
Local Address: Medomak, Maine, United States
Conductors Retreat
2950 Newport Road
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103
United States

Company Description: The Conductors Retreat at Medomak was founded in 1997. The idea was to provide professional conductors a welcoming and safe place to renew their skills and recharge...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Visiting Artist
    Manhattan School of Music
  • Member of the Visiting Artist Faculty
    Manhattan School of Music
  • Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting
    University of Michigan
  • Founder and Director of the Conductors Retreat
    Medomak
  • Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting
    School of Music of the University of Michigan
  • Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting
    University of Michigan School of Music
  • Professor of Conducting and Director of University Orchestras
    University of Michigan School of Music
  • Director of Orchestras and Head of the Orchestral Conducting Program
    University of Michigan School of Music
  • Music Director of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and the Founder
    Illinois Chamber Orchestra
  • Music Director
    Illinois Symphony Orchestra
  • Music Director
    New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra
  • Director
    Vendome Academy of Orchestral Conducting
  • Director of the Conductors Program
    National Arts Centre

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • many master classes
    Royal Academy of Music
  • many master classes
    Oxford University
197 Total References
Web References
The Conductors Retreat at Medomak :: Faculty
www.conductorsretreat.org, 31 Aug 2014 [cached]
Kenneth Kiesler Founder and Director; Score-study and Conducting
Kenneth Kiesler is one of the most prominent conductors of his generation, and one of the world's most sought-after mentors to conductors. He has beenDirector of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at the University of Michigan since 1995. He has conducted many of the world's leading ensembles, led many world premiere performances, and directed several acclaimed recordings.
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Kenneth Kiesler shapes the score with a keen ear for balance, pacing and nuance. Of his 2008 debut with The Chamber Orchestra of Paris, critic Roger Bouchard stated, "There do exist great American conductors, and Kiesler is one of them! Standing on behalf of the music he serves, he conducts from memory with unaffected gestures both precise and passionate. Nothing is unnecessary in his conducting; yet everything is there. Very beautiful work!"
Kiesler's conducting students have won top prizes in many of the worlds' major international competitions such as the Maazel/Vilar, Eduardo Mata, and Nicolai Malko Competitions, and hold positions with major orchestras, opera companies, and music schools worldwide.
2008 Conductor Bios
tnmea.org, 23 July 2008 [cached]
Mr. Kenneth Kiesler
University of Michigan
Director of University Orchestras
Professor of Conducting
Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting since 1995, Kenneth Kiesler is Music Director of the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra, founder and director of the Conductors Retreat at Medomak, and Conductor Laureate of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra where, as Music Director from 1980 to 2000, he founded the Illinois Symphony Chorus and Illinois Chamber Orchestra, and led debuts at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and won several awards.Since the summer of 2006, at the invitation of Music Director Pinchas Zukerman, Kenneth Kiesler has been Director of the Conductors Programme of Canada's National Arts Centre.
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Kiesler also leads master classes and courses for the Philharmonisches Kammer Orchester Berlin and Deutsches Musikrat in Germany.
His students have won major international competitions such as the Maazel/Vilar and Nicolai Malko Competitions, and hold positions with major orchestras, opera companies, and music schools.Kiesler is a member of the visiting artist faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and has led many master classes for the ASOL and Conductors' Guild, at Oxford University and Royal Academy of Music in London.
He was an honored participant in the Leonard Bernstein American Conductors Program, and conducted the Ensemble Intercontemporain in sessions with Pierre Boulez at Carnegie Hall.At the 1986 Stokowski Competition, he was awarded the Silver Medal by Maurice Abravanel, and special recognition for best performance of Appalachian Spring, by Morton Gould.He received the 1988 Helen M. Thompson Award presented by the American Symphony Orchestra League to the outstanding American Music Director under the age of 35.
Kiesler has conducted the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the Chicago Symphony, the orchestras of Utah, Detroit, New Jersey, Florida, Indianapolis, Memphis, San Diego, Albany, Virginia, Omaha, Fresno, Long Beach, Long Island, Portland, Jerusalem, Haifa, Osaka, Puerto Rico, Daejeon and Pusan in Korea, the New Symphony Orchestra in Bulgaria, Hang Zhou in China, and at Meadowbrook, Skaneateles, Sewanee, Breckenridge, and Aspen.
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Kiesler has conducted several recordings on the Naxos and Equilibrium labels, with the BBC in London, Third Angle, and the University Symphony Orchestra.
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Kenneth Kiesler is a trained wilderness guide and occasionally leads expeditions in the wilderness areas of Maine.
For more information on Mr. Kiesler, please visit http://www.music.umich.edu.
The Conductors Retreat at Medomak :: Kenneth Kiesler
www.conductorsretreat.org, 31 Aug 2014 [cached]
Kenneth Kiesler The Conductors Retreat at Medomak :: Kenneth Kiesler
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Kenneth Kiesler Founder and Director; Score-study and Conducting
Kenneth Kiesler is one of the most prominent conductors of his generation, and one of the world's most sought-after mentors to conductors. He has beenDirector of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at the University of Michigan since 1995. He has conducted many of the world's leading ensembles, led many world premiere performances, and directed several acclaimed recordings.
...
Kenneth Kiesler shapes the score with a keen ear for balance, pacing and nuance. Of his 2008 debut with The Chamber Orchestra of Paris, critic Roger Bouchard stated, "There do exist great American conductors, and Kiesler is one of them! Standing on behalf of the music he serves, he conducts from memory with unaffected gestures both precise and passionate. Nothing is unnecessary in his conducting; yet everything is there. Very beautiful work!"
Kiesler's conducting students have won top prizes in many of the world's major international competitions such as the Maazel/Vilar, Eduardo Mata, and Nicolai Malko Competitions, and hold positions with major orchestras, opera companies, and music schools worldwide.
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Since the summer of 2006, at the invitation of Music Director Pinchas Zukerman, Kenneth Kiesler has been Director of the Conductors Programme of Canada's National Arts Centre.
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Kiesler has conducted the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the Chicago Symphony, the orchestras of Utah, Detroit, New Jersey, Florida, Indianapolis, Memphis, San Diego, Albany, Virginia, New Hampshire, Omaha, Fresno, Richmond, Long Beach, Long Island, Portland, Jerusalem, Haifa, Osaka, Puerto Rico, Daejeon and Pusan in Korea, the New Symphony Orchestra in Bulgaria, Hang Zhou in China,the Jalisco Philharmonic in Mexico the Symphony Orchestra of the USP in São Paulo, Brazil, and at the festivals of Meadowbrook, Skaneateles, Sewanee, Breckenridge, and Aspen.
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Of all the reasons why this 'Turk' sounded so good, foremost among them is the firm and stylish conducting of Kenneth Kiesler. His dance performances include Appalachian Spring with the Martha Graham Dance Company and Cinderella with the Indianapolis Ballet.
Kiesler is the conductor of many acclaimed recordings on the Naxos and Equilibrium labels with the BBC in London, Third Angle New Music Ensemble, and both the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre.
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Kiesler has been a frequent guest conductor of the orchestras at the Manhattan School of Music, and served as Visiting Artist and Advisor from 2006 to 2010. He led the Manhattan Chamber Sinfonia with principal players of the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie's Zankel Hall, and Mahler's Second Symphony with the Manhattan Symphony at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
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Kiesler drew an assured, colorful performance, winning a prolonged ovation."
Kiesler is the founder and director of the Conductors Retreat at Medomak, an intensive summer training program for conductors of at all stages of their careers, the subject of a 2002 article in the Atlantic Monthly: "Conducting: A backwoods Guide. Pianist Lorin Hollander said, "Mr. Kiesler's ability to conjure up the creative energies of the works of music which he explores is nothing short of astonishing and the atmosphere of love and empowerment which envelops the community of musicians and conductors is beyond anything I have ever experienced."
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Charles Staff of The Indianapolis News said: "Kiesler is a man with a musical mind at work.
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Kenneth Kiesler is a trained wilderness guide and occasionally leads expeditions in the wilderness areas of Maine.
Equilibrium® Recordings: Three Concerti by Bassett, Bolcome & Daugherty
www.equilibri.com, 2 Aug 2013 [cached]
Kenneth Kiesler has been Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at the School of Music of the University of Michigan since 1995. He has appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the symphonies and orchestras of cities and states across the country, as well as the Jerusalem and Haifa Symphonies in Israel, the Osaka Philharmonic in Japan, the Puerto Rico Symphony, the New Symphony Orchestra in Sofia, Bulgaria, and the Pusan Symphony in Korea. Here Kiesler directs the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra and the world premiere recordings of three works - by Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom and Michael Daugherty.
Illinois Symphony Orchestra: Music Advisor
www.ilsymphony.org, 1 Jan 2012 [cached]
Conductor Laureate & Music Advisor - Kenneth Kiesler
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Kenneth Kiesler has been the Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at the University of Michigan since 1995. He is also the founder and director of the Conductors Retreat at Medomak, Director of the Conductors Programme of Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Director of the Vendome International Academy of Orchestral Conducting in France. Frequently for the past ten years Kiesler has been a visting master teacher at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and he leads master classes and conducting programs for the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Berlin and Deutsches Musikrat in Germany, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra in Russia, The League of American Orchestras and Conductors' Guild, and Oxford University.
Kiesler held the post of Visiting Artist and Advisor to the orchestras of the Manhattan School of Music for many years, and led the orchestras in dozens of concerts. He has conducted many of the world's leading orchestras, has conducted a dozen CDs on Naxos, Dorian and Equilibrium, and recently made his acclaimed debut with the Ensemble Orchestral in Paris.
He is Conductor Laureate of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra where he was Music Director from 1980 to 2000, led debuts at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and won numerous awards including the 1988 Helen Thompson Award for the outstanding American Music Director under the age of 35. He currently serves as Music Advisor of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra throughout the music director search process.
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