Ken-David Masur, 41, much-loved son of Kurt, has been named music director of the Milwaukee Symphony.
Milwaukee has been looking for a leader since Edo De Waart stepped down 15 months ago. Ken-David came through the auditions with overwhelming support from the musicians. He was the unanimous choice of the search committee, whose chairman said: ‘Ken-David is a once-in-a-generation musician, conductor and innovator who boasts an impressive resume of accomplishments, yet is friendly and approachable.’
A late starter, he is associate conductor of the Boston Symphony, married to the pianist Melinda Lee Masur, and father of three children. The couple are founders of New York’s Chelsea Music Festival.
Kurt would be so proud.