Ken-David Masur

Music Director Designate

“Music allows us to feel what is essential, and through its expression begins a conversation about who we are and where we want to go. This is why I’m so very excited to start with the MSO and communicate the music that will speak to each listener in personal ways. This is a great American city filled with creativity, imagination and ideas, and the music we will reveal will spark continued dialogue.

My family and I are humbled and grateful to join such a fantastic team of orchestra musicians, chorus, staff and board members who are working in harmony for our audience and community. In particular, I am inspired by the incredible community-wide collaboration to create the new performance home for the MSO. Having seen the plans and having visited the Warner Grand Theatre myself, it is clear it will become a destination as well as a point of departure for great programming befitting a city and region of this caliber. I’m eager to begin planning the next few seasons, which includes Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, as well as the much-anticipated opening of Milwaukee Symphony Center in the fall of 2020.”

-Music Director Designate Ken-David Masur


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Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Ken-David Masur

Recorded live in Uihlein Hall, Sept 15 + 16, 2018
Jeremy Tusz, sound engineer

Critical Praise for Ken-David Masur

“…Masur led the [Boston Symphony] orchestra through a neat mix of excerpts from Prokofiev’s ballet “Romeo and Juliet”. Each was given a transparent, eloquent reading…”
- Zoë Madonna, The Boston Globe, Oct 19, 2018

“Masur and the BSO fully embodied the tension, scampering, scampering, playful fast passagework, and luxuriating unbridled passion; we are the richer for the experience.”
-Chasman Kerr Prince, Boston Musical Intelligencer, Oct 19, 2018

“Masur and the [Milwaukee Symphony] orchestra filled the program’s second half with a beautifully rendered performance of Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, using perfectly placed tempos shifts, artfully layered textures, and meaningful dynamic changes to bring a fresh energy to the four movements, along with musical urgency and momentum.” – Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Sept 16, 2018

“Under Masur, the music emerged with refined subtleties with only rare and selective moments of heat. What seemed to be a bond of trust between [Milwaukee Symphony] musicians and conductor, and vice versa, created especially sensitive playing.” - Rick Walters, The Shepherd Express, Sep 18, 2018

“Masur… steered the [Boston Symphony] orchestra through a piquant journey through those magical, dreamlike passages…”
- Clarence Fanto, The Berkshire Eagle, Aug 6, 2018

"Conducting without a baton, Masur used a score but hardly looked at it. He showed an impressive structural grasp both in his warm and perfectly paced Andante and in his supple shaping of the score's wraith-like transition from the Scherzo into the bracing Allegro finale. Masur also highlighted the riveting virtuosity of the [Los Angeles] Phil's cellos and basses in the Scherzo’s trio section." - Rick Schultz, Los Angeles Times, Aug 24, 2016


Enjoy the music, compliments of the MSO musicians. Welcome to Milwaukee, Ken-David Masur!

Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Ken-David Masur
Milwaukee Symphony Chorus
Cheryl Frazes Hillchorus director

Recorded live in Uihlein Hall, May 19 + 20, 2018
Jeremy Tusz, sound engineer

Meet Maestro Masur

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Ken-David Masur First Encounter


Take a peek at the orchestra's first session with Ken-David Masur after his appointment as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's seventh music director.