Conductor Michael Stern is Music Director of the Kansas City Symphony and the Founding Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the IRIS Orchestra.
Stern and Kansas City have been hailed for their remarkable artistic ascent, original programming, and the extraordinary growth of its varied audiences. Stern and the orchestra have partnered with Reference Recordings in an ongoing series of well received CDs. Two new releases are a disc of new works by American composer Adam Schoenberg, and Gustav Holst’s “The Planets.”
Stern’s IRIS Orchestra in Germantown, Tennessee is a leader in innovative programming, with special emphasis on American contemporary music. Under Stern’s direction, IRIS has commissioned and premiered works by William Bolcom, Richard Danielpour, Stephen Hartke, Jonathan Leshnoff, Huang Ruo, and Adam Schoenberg, amongst others.
Michael Stern has conducted the Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, Indianapolis, National, Montreal, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Seattle and Boston symphonies, the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, as well as the New York Philharmonic. He also has appeared regularly at the Aspen Music Festival and has served on faculty there.
He has conducted in London, Stockholm, Paris, Helsinki, Budapest, Israel, Moscow, Taiwan, and Tokyo, and has held permanent posts with the orchestras in Saarbrücken, the Orchestre National de Lyon, and the Orchestre National de Lille.