Grant Gershon

Grant Gershon is currently in his sixteenth season as the Kiki & David Gindler Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. During the 2016-17 season, he leads the Master Chorale in the Peter Sellars-directed staging of Orlando di Lasso’s Lagrime di San Pietro and the premiere performances of piano transcriptions of John Adams’s opera choruses as part of the composer’s 70th birthday celebrations. Other highlights this season include Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, Stravinsky’s Les Noces, and Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna.

A fervent champion of new music, he has led world premiere performances of major works by Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Lang, Louis Andriessen, Christopher Rouse, Steve Reich, Morten Lauridsen, Ricky Ian Gordon, Gabriela Lena Frank, Shawn Kirchner, and Chinary Ung, among others. Mr. Gershon has enjoyed a close relationship with John Adams: He prepared the Los Angeles Master Chorale for the world premiere performance of Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (recorded for the Deutsche Grammophon label) and he also conducted the work at the Ravinia Festival. In December 2016, he conducted performances of Adams’s nativity oratorio El Niño with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Master Chorale. Later this year he leads the world premiere of Adams’s Girls of the Golden West for his debut at San Francisco Opera. He makes his San Francisco Symphony debut at these performances.

Mr. Gershon is the Resident Conductor of Los Angeles Opera where he recently conducted semi-staged performances of Bernstein’s Wonderful Town. In October he leads Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers with the company. In New York, he has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and at Trinity Wall Street. Other major appearances include performances at the Aspen, Edinburgh, Helsinki, Salzburg, and Vienna festivals, the South American premiere of Daniel Catán’s Il Postino in Chile, and with the Baltimore Symphony and the Coro e Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torino in Italy.  

Mr. Gershon’s discography includes two Grammy Award-nominated recordings: Sweeney Todd (New York Philharmonic Special Editions) and Ligeti’s Grand Macabre (Sony Classical); six commercial CDs with the Master Chorale, and two live performance albums, the Master Chorale’s 50th Season Celebration recording and Festival of Carols, the choir’s first holiday album in nearly twenty years. He has also led the Master Chorale in performances for several major motion picture soundtracks.

Mr. Gershon was named Outstanding Alumnus of the USC Thornton School of Music in 2002 and is a member of the Board of Councilors for the Thornton School and the Board of Directors of Chorus America.

(February 2017)