This week sees Kensho Watanabe make his debut with the Houston Symphony as part of their summer series at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Conducting a programme of Bernstein and Schumann, he will be joined on stage by Silver Medal winner of the 2018 Ima Hogg Competition, Hyun Jae Lim, for Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.
Currently Assistant Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Kensho came to worldwide attention in April 2017 when he made his critically acclaimed subscription debut, taking over at the last minute from his mentor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Plans for 2018/19 include further subscription concerts in Philadelphia, plus debuts with the Detroit Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He will also return to the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal, and this summer will make his Japanese debut at the Matsumoto Festival.
Kensho conducts Houston Symphony on 30 June. Find out more on the orchestra’s website.