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BSO appoints Ken-David Masur as new assistant conductor

Ken-David Masur onstage at at Tanglewood.
Ken-David Masur onstage at Tanglewood.
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He has a famous father and now Ken-David Masur has a prime gig for a young conductor. Masur, currently the principal guest conductor of the Munich Symphony and associate conductor of the San Diego Symphony, will begin a two-year term as an assistant conductor at the Boston Symphony Orchestra later this year. He will lead his first concert in that role at Tanglewood in 2015, with a Symphony Hall performance later in the year. Of course, Masur is no stranger to the stage. He made his BSO debut in 2012 sharing the podium with his father, Kurt, in a concert at Tanglewood. In 2011 and 2012, Ken-David Masur was a Tanglewood Music Center conducting fellow.

It is hard being a conductor with that last name, he was asked at the time.

“The answer is simple,” Ken-David said. “It could be hard, but it’s not. Because to me, it’s a big gift, it’s a great gift that I actually get to sort of relive my father’s beginnings through my beginnings of conducting.”