One of the most significant conducting talents to emerge in recent years, Canadian conductor Julian Kuerti has quickly made a name for himself with his confident style, artistic integrity and passion for musical collaboration. Kuerti has led numerous orchestras across North America including the Boston, Houston, National (DC), Montreal, Toronto, Colorado and Utah symphonies; Los Angeles Philharmonic and National Arts Centre Orchestra including at the 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad. Most recently in April, he stepped in as a last-minute substitution with the Cincinnati Symphony that resulted in immediate reengagements for July 2010 and September 2011. In August 2010, he completed his post as assistant conductor to James Levine at the Boston Symphony.
Of a performance under the direction of Julian Kuerti, a Cincinnati Enquirer critic wrote, “There was clearly chemistry happening onstage, and the musicians performed magnificently for him.” And when Kuerti stepped in at the last minute to conduct a Boston Symphony Orchestra performance, The Boston Globe lauded him as he “rose to the occasion and pulled off a triumphant concert. This was easily his finest hour.”
In the 2010-11 season, Kuerti debuts with the Atlanta, Seattle, New Jersey, Vancouver, Rochester and Quebec symphonies and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; returns to the Utah Symphony and National Arts Centre Orchestra and makes his New York City Opera debut at Lincoln Center on Oliver Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are.
Highlights of the 2009-10 season included subscription concerts with the Boston, Montreal, Colorado and Utah symphony orchestras and concerts with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg.
Kuerti was born in Toronto into one of Canada’s most distinguished musical families; his father is famed pianist Anton Kuerti. He studied with David Zinman at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen and with acclaimed Finnish maestro Jorma Panula at the NAC Conductors Programme in Ottawa.