Grant Gershon (Conductor)
Now in his third season with the Master Chorale, Grant Gershon has expanded the Chorale's repertoire considerably with a number of world premieres, including Bobby McFerrin and Roger Treece Brief Eternity and Messages, Donald Crockett’s Broken Charms, Tania León’s Rezos (Prayers), and Sharon Farber’s Mother’s Lament, as well as the U.S. premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s first choral work, Two Songs to Poems of Ann Jäderlund.
Gershon has guest conducted the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, Juilliard Opera Theatre, and the Finnish chamber orchestra Avanti!, among others, and has conducted performances at the Edinburgh, Vienna and Helsinki, Ravinia and Aspen Music Festivals, the Roma-Europa Festival and the Festival Otonno in Madrid.
Gershon is also in demand as a pianist for such leading singers as Kiri Te Kanawa, Peter Schreier, Rodney Gilfry and Audra McDonald. In October 2002, he and pianist Gloria Cheng made a special appearance at Royce Hall, under the auspices of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, reprising their acclaimed performance of John Adams’ Hallelujah Junction, written for them.
In addition to recording with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Gershon has made a number of other recordings, and served as chorus master on two Grammy Award-nominated recordings, Sweeney Todd (New York Philharmonic Special Editions) and Ligeti’s Grand Macabre (Sony Classical).
Prior to joining the Chorale, Gershon served as assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1994–97. Gershon also served as Assistant Conductor/Principal Pianist with the Los Angeles Opera, where he participated in over forty productions and garnered a reputation as one of the country’s exceptional vocal coaches.