Maestro Michael Stern has embarked upon his second decade with the Kansas City Symphony, hailed for its remarkable artistic ascent, original programming, organizational development and stability, and the extraordinary growth of its varied audiences since his tenure began. Over the last five seasons, Stern and the orchestra
have ushered in a new era and have performed to critical acclaim and sold-out audiences in their performance home, Helzberg Hall at the $413 million Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Stern is also the founding artistic director and principal conductor of IRIS Orchestra in Germantown, Tenn. His other positions included being the chief conductor of Germany’s Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Permanent Guest Conductor of the Orchestre National de Lyon in France, and the Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre National de Lille, France.
Stern received his music degree from Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music, where his major teacher was the noted conductor and scholar Max Rudolf. Stern co-edited the third edition of Rudolf’s famous textbook, “The Grammar of Conducting,” and also edited a new volume of Rudolf’s collected writings and correspondence. He is a 1981 graduate of Harvard University, where he earned a degree in American history.