Hailed for his adventurous and bold artistic leadership, Grant Gershon is currently in his 17th season as Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and his 9th season as Resident Conductor at LA Opera. Highlights this season include performances of Bernstein’s Wonderful Town, Tosca and Les Contes d’Hoffmann at LA Opera, John Adams’ El Niño with the LA Philharmonic as well as appearances with the San Francisco Symphony and National Symphony Orchestra. His DVD recording of Gianni Schicchi, directed by Woody Allen and featuring Plácido Domingo in the title role was recently released on the Sony Classical label. Next season, Gershon will lead the highly-anticipated world premiere performances of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West with the San Francisco Opera.
A pianist and singer by training, Gershon was mentored as a conductor by Esa-Pekka Salonen, who invited him to become Assistant Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1994-1997. Gershon subsequently participated in Jorma Panula’s legendary conducting master class at Carnegie Hall. He has had the privilege of working closely with many leading conductors of our time, including Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel and Sir Simon Rattle.
Under Gershon’s leadership the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the nation’s largest fully professional choral ensemble, has been declared “the most exciting chorus in the country” by Mark Swed of the L.A. Times. With the Master Chorale Gershon has made numerous recordings for Nonesuch, Decca and Cantaloupe Records, and the ensemble has won many prestigious awards, including Chorus America’s highest honor and induction into the Classical Music Hall of Fame in 2017. Earlier this season he invited famed director Peter Sellars to create a staged version of Orlando di Lasso’s Renaissance masterpiece Lagrime di San Pietro, which the LA Times declared “a major accomplishment for music history.”
Gershon has led performances at the Edinburgh, Helsinki, Vienna, Ravinia, Aspen and Ojai Festivals. Other organizations that he has appeared with recently include the San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Carnegie Hall’s Making Music Series, Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series and the TeatroRegio in Turin. In 2003 Gershon was named Outstanding Alumnus of the USC Thornton School of Music, and in 2017 he was honored as a recipient of USC’s 2017 Alumni Merit Award.