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www.kennethwoods.net

Hailed by the Washington Post as an “up-and-coming conductor” and a “true star” of the podium, conductor and cellist Kenneth Woods has worked with many orchestras of international distinction including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared on the stages of some of the world’s leading music festivals, including Aspen, Lucerne, Round Top and Scotia. His work on the concert platform and in the recording studio has led to numerous broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, National Public Radio, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In January 2010, he takes up the position of Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestra of the Swan. As music director of the Oregon East Symphony from 2000-9-, he transformed a tiny orchestra in a remote, rural area into possibly the most talked-about orchestra in the Pacific Northwest, winning universal praise for their nationally celebrated “Redneck Mahler” cycle, progressive programming and their innovative youth programs. Other affiliations include Conductor of the Contemporary Music Ensemble of Wales, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Rose City Chamber Orchestra in Portland, Oregon.

In September of 2009, Kenneth Woods made his recording debut as a conductor in sessions for Avie Records with the Northern Sinfonia at the Sage Gateshead. Other recent highlights include first appearances at the Bridgewater Hall, Menuhin Hall, Albert Hall, Royal Concert Hall of Nottingham and Bute Hall, Glasgow. In America, his recent performance of Jennifer Higdon’s new Soprano Saxophone Concerto at the Round Top Festival was recorded for NPR- a triumph that led to his immediate invitation to return in 2009, where he led a gala concert in celebration of the Haydn anniversary. His blog, A View from the Podium, has become widely popular with music lovers in the UK, Canada and the US and received wide acknowledgement from the music critics of the New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, Independent and Gramophone.

Woods’ unique gifts were widely acknowledged early on by some of today’s leading conductors. In the spring of 2001, Kenneth Woods was selected by Leonard Slatkin as one of four participants in the National Conducting Institute at the Kennedy Center. At the completion of the Institute, he led the National Symphony Orchestra in a debut concert, drawing great critical acclaim and a return invitation from the NSO. In the spring of 2000, David Zinman selected Kenneth Woods from a pool of over 200 applicants to be a fellow in the inaugural class of the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen. Toronto Symphony Music Director Peter Oundjian has praised Woods as “a conductor with true vision and purpose. He has a most fluid and clear style and an excellent command on the podium… a most complete musician.”

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