Kensho Watanabe, Conducting Fellow


Kensho Watanabe
recently completed his tenure as the inaugural Conducting Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music under the mentorship of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He received his diploma in conducting from Curtis in 2013 and his Master of Music in Violin from the Yale School of Music in 2010. Recent conducting engagements include the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, L'Orchestre Métropolitain and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. He was also recently appointed assistant conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra beginning in the 2016-17 season.

One of the outstanding candidates for a recent San Diego Symphony assistant conductor audition, Mr. Watanabe was so impressive that the panel making the selection offered him a special designation of “Conducting Fellow.” In this limited capacity, Mr. Watanabe has been offered the opportunity to build on his conducting experience and develop his skills by observing rehearsals, conducting some Kinder Koncerts and work with the Symphony’s education and artistic staff. Mr. Watanabe’s conducting debut with the full San Diego Symphony Orchestra was the Midsummer Night’s Concert in summer 2016.

"I am extremely grateful to Maestro Jahja Ling and the San Diego Symphony for committing to my development as a conductor. I was struck by the energy, drive and outlook of the entire organization, I and am looking forward to developing this intrepid partnership while getting to know the San Diego community."