The Conductors Retreat at Medomak :: Kenneth Kiesler
Founder and Director; Score-study and Conducting
is one of the most prominent conductors of his
generation, and one of the world's most sought-after mentors to conductors.
has beenDirector of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at the University of Michigan
has conducted many of the world's leading ensembles, led many world premiere performances, and directed several acclaimed recordings.
shapes the score with a keen ear for balance, pacing and nuance.
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
conducts from memory with unaffected gestures both precise and passionate.
Nothing is unnecessary in his
conducting; yet everything is there.
Very beautiful work!"
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.
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.
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.
Of all the reasons why this 'Turk' sounded so good, foremost among them is the firm and stylish conducting of Kenneth Kiesler
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.
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.
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
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.
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."
Charles Staff of The Indianapolis News said: "Kiesler is a man with a musical mind at work.
is a trained wilderness guide and occasionally leads expeditions in the wilderness areas of Maine.