Kensho Watanabe, from Greenwich, Conn., received a diploma in 2013 from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with distinguished conducting pedagogue Otto-Werner Mueller. He returned to Curtis in the fall of 2013 as the school’s inaugural Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellow, under the mentorship of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Recent conducting experiences with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra include Jennifer Higdon's blue cathedral, Strauss’s Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome, and Wagner's Flying Dutchman Overture at Verizon Hall. This fall he conducted the Curtis Opera Theatre's production of Viktor Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis.
Mr. Watanabe previously served as the assistant conductor of the Yale Symphony Orchestra under Toshiyuki Shimada, leading the YSO in concerts at Woolsey Hall and Battell Chapel. He has also served as the music director of Yale's Berkeley College Orchestra, and as a cover conductor for the Atlanta Symphony and Symphony in C. He has participated in masterclasses with conductors including David Amado, Giancarlo Guerrero, Michael Jinbo, Colin Metters, and Robert Spano.
Mr. Watanabe received his BS in Biology from Yale College and a MM in Violin from the Yale School of Music. He performs regularly with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a substitute violinist, and spends his summers at the Greenwood Music Camp, where he serves as Orchestra Conductor.