Mr. Kenneth KieslerUniversity of MichiganDirector of University OrchestrasProfessor of ConductingDirector 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.
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.
has conducted several recordings on the Naxos and Equilibrium labels, with the BBC
in London, Third Angle, and the University Symphony Orchestra.
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.